Monday, September 3, 2012

Banana Bread!

Our neighbor, "LoLo", loves to bring Hayes bananas and animal crackers. LoLo gets bananas for free at her office and they have been multiplying in our house ever since she found out how much Hayes loves them. This weekend, I had a stack of ripe bananas...hmmm, what to do? Oh, make banana bread, course!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and loved it because it seemed super easy and was healthy. I found it on this blog.

{Banana Bread}

2 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
7 ripe bananas, smashed
1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
4 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
baking spray

Preheat oven to 350 and grease 2 loaf pans.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl with a whisk.

Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add in bananas, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add in flour mixture, but be careful not to overmix. Stir in nuts, if desired. I didn't add them into ours.

Split the mixture between the two loaf pans. Bake on the center rack for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

This bread is very, very moist...and very, very dense. I'm ok with this. I think it's easier to eat when it's dense while driving down the road instead of crumbly bread. This bread was a hit with the kiddo!

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