Friday, August 28, 2009

Nutty Banana Bread

I LOVE to bake with my son, Jack. He's 3.5, so anything he can do to feel big and important is pretty high on his list. Unfortunately, my camera was charging until the bread was finished or you would have been impressed with pictures of his banana smooshing skills! Anyways, back to the bread. This is absolutely the BEST banana bread. My family goes through this pretty fast. We love it toasted with butter for breakfast or if you really want to be decadent, I make french toast with it. YUM! This recipe calls for a lot of bananas, Omega 3 rich eggs and walnuts and sunflower seeds for vitamin E. Don't they look pretty sprinkled on top?

1 C. all purpose flour
3/4 C. whole wheat flour
1/4 C. wheat germ
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2-3/4 C. smashed walnuts
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. butter or canola oil(butter tastes better)
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2 eggs(free range, organic eggs are higher in Omega 3 fatty acids)
2 1/3 C. overripe mashed bananas(kids love squishing these up by hand)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
raw sunflower seeds(amount depends on whether you make lg/sm loaves or muffins)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease loaf pan or muffin pan. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add in walnuts. In another bowl, cream butter/oil with sugar and then add in the remaining wet ingredients. Combine well. Next, pour wet ingredients into dry ingredient bowl and gently fold together until just combined. Be careful NOT to overmix. Add batter into greased pan and sprinkle with raw sunflower seeds.

Large loaf pan: 60-65 min
Small loaves or muffins: 25-30 min

Test with a toothpick to test for doneness(is that a word?) It should come out clean.

1 comment:

Gina said...

I have a fruit bowl overflowing with over ripe bananas that just went from yellow to spotty and soft overnight. I have an amazing recipe for an upside down banana cake but it is really unhealthy with lots of brown sugar to caramalise the banana slices on top. I might try your healthier version with my bananas before they end up unuseable!