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Delicious and easy banana bread recipe

Posted March 5, 2010 3:25 p.m. EST

I had some very ripe bananas I needed to use last night so I whipped up a loaf of this easy and delicious banana bread. I made a couple changes to increase the health benefits and the taste was still just as good. I replaced 1/2 the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and I added less sugar. I think that next time I make this I will reduce the butter by 1/2 and add 2 tablespoons of applesauce (which I often do when baking).

We all enjoyed having a piece of the bread for breakfast topped with some light cream cheese.

First is the version of this recipe that I made last night.  Below that is the original version from SimplyRecipes.com.  You can also see the original recipe at the link in the box.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe


Ingredients
4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda and a pinch of salt
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mash peeled bananas in large mixing bowl with fork. Melt butter in microwave for approx. 40 seconds. Mix melted butter into the mashed bananas. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in the flour. Pour mixture into a 5" X 9" loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes. After baking for 45 minutes,  cover pan loosely with tin foil to prevent top from burning. Bake an additional 15 minutes.  Total cooking time is 1 hour. Cool for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

 

Original Banana Bread recipe from SimplyRecipes.com:

Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients
3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


Method
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.