The aroma of Banana Bread baking in the kitchen lets you know that your tummy is very interested in what is in the oven. You just know that it is going to taste as good as it smells.
It's an old time holiday favorite. This taste tempting banana nut bread recipe is a simple to create quick bread. Yeast free there is no waiting for the dough to rise. It is a very easy recipe to create.
All you have to do is toss a few ingredients into a bowl, stir them together, dump the dough into waiting loaf pans and then into the oven it goes. Quick breads are well known for their simplicity.
Pull the loaves out of the oven when the baking is done, add butter, and enjoy the amazing tasty tantalizing flavor that is home made banana bread. It really is as easy as it sounds.
* 2 1/2 cups ripe bananas mashed. This is about 6 large bananas or 7 small ones.
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 2/3 cup milk
* 4 tbsp olive oil
* 4 eggs
* 2 tsp vanilla
* 4 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 7 tsp baking powder
* 1 cup raisins
* 1 cup chopped walnuts
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your baking loaf pans (directions are below).
2) In a mixing bowl blend together the first 7 ingredients.
3) Add in remaining ingredients. Mix ingredients together.
4) Divide dough into four loaf pans. These should be about 1/4 to 1/2 full.
5) Bake loaves at 350 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes. Cool before removing from pans. To make removing the loaves easier tap the bottom of the pan to loosen the bread.
(See below for step by step instructions.)
This is How to Prepare Your Loaf Pans for the Oven
Now Let's Get Making the Banana Bread Dough
Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan. Run knife around edges of loaf to loosen. Tap the bottom of the pans to help the loaves fall more easily from the pans.
Banana Nut Bread is different from your traditional yeast bread because it contains a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals within it. The reason for this nutritious boost is largely due the bananas, nuts, and raisins which are added into this heavy bread.
Bananas are rich in potassium and also contain vitamin A, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, vitamin C, as well as a wide array of the B vitamins. Bananas also contain Calcium, Magnesium, iron and zinc.
Although this basic loaf smothered in butter is delicious, add walnuts to your recipe and you then have banana nut bread. You not only add extra flavor and a nice crunchy texture but you also increase the health benefits of this snack dramatically.
Although most nuts have a high fat content, the fat in walnuts is good for you as these crunchy treats contain high amounts of Omega 3 fats which are required by your body for good health.
Omega 3-fats can reduce high cholesterol, improve heart health, improve brain and memory functioning, and act as a natural anti-inflammatory for those who suffer from arthritis or other inflammatory based illnesses.
To reduce the bad fats in your home use, use one percent milk rather than whole milk, and replace high cholesterol oils with canola or olive oil.
Bananas are Rich in Vitamin C and Potassium
It is Food That is Good For You
Whenever you have the opportunity add a little fruit into your recipes. Most fruits pack powerful health benefits within them and putting them into a dessert is a great way to get kids to consume them.
Cherries are another powerful antioxidant that go good in the basic banana bread recipe and they are also a natural pain reliever.
Tossing in a few cherries makes a nice colorful additive to the banana bread giving it a slight pink tinge. It also serves to add a nice little zing in flavor much like the raisins do.
You can see how easy it is to create a healthy snack for the people that you care about. I love doing my own home baking as it allows me to select the ingredients I will use.
Why Add in Walnuts? Because They are so Very Good for You!
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