Showing posts with label bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bread. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The best banana bread (really!)

The Best Banana Bread

Bake until golden brown
There are a zillion banana bread recipes available and some are mearly cake in disguise while others are too dry or crumbly. Some are too sweet, others lack the nuts and cinnamon that I love. This one is just right!! And.....it's healthy! The applesauce reduces unnecessary fat, sugar is cut way down and the oats add healthy soluble fiber and also help the bread to stay fresh longer...not that this bread is going to last very long!

The best part? This recipe comes together in minutes using only one bowl! Give it a try!

I have shared this recipe with my roommates and they have personalized it; one added a lovely swirl of nutella and the other swirled in peanut butter. Both are delicious! I sometimes add a handful of dark chocolate chips.

The Best Banana Bread

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ c. whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 whole egg
3 whole overripe (nearly black) bananas
¼ cup canola oil
½ cup old fashioned oats
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup pecans
½  cup dried cherries or raisins, if desired


1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan (or mini loaf pans) with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Add ingredients to mixing bowl in order listed. Mix just until combined.
3. Pour into greased loaf pan and sprinkle top with a small handful of plain oats. Bake at 350 for 1
hour (less for mini pans) or until toothpick comes out clean .

*This freezes well if you'd be so motivated as to make a double batch. Your friends and coworkers would also love a loaf as a gift
*This recipe works just as well with fresh ripe bananas as bananas that have been frozen and thawed

Mix all ingredients gently in one big bowl
Pour into prepared loaf pan and decorate with pecans if you're feeling fancy
Bake until golden brown


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Monday, June 18, 2012

Kitchen Tips: Storing homemade bread without making trash


One of my New Years Resolutions was to bake my own bread this year; this gives more control over the ingredients used, minimizes weird ingredients and preservatives and also packaging. I get to add nuts and seeds to my hearts content and experiment with different whole grains. It is also way more delicious! My problem? Where to store those beautiful loaves!

Most of us aren't using those huge stock pots that are taking up precious cupboard space. Why not put them to good use? They're a great place to store bread, bagels and muffins without using plastic bags or plastic wrap. One of my bamboo cutting boards even fits into the pot, so I don't have to wash it each time I use it. Voila!

For information about maintaining your wooding cutting boards, please check out my earlier blog posting.

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