Banana Nut Loaf Recipe

This delicious banana loaf is so very much more than it first appears to be. It's a nutritiously fruity nut bread. Loaded with vitamins it is a much healthier option to traditional grain breads.

Economical and easy to prepare how delightfully delicious this fruit laden quick bread tastes. Because it does not contain yeast the recipe cooks up without kneading or having to wait for the loaves to rise. 

Just mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, pop the dough into prepared baking pans and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Preparation and clean up are a breeze for this recipe. The loaves can also be frozen for future convenience so go ahead and bake up a double batch if you like. The walnuts and raisins in this bread make it a perfect holiday dessert treat to serve up when friends or relatives visit.

 Ripe Bananas are Best for This Recipe

Ingredients and Directions: 

2 1/2 cups bananas (About 6 mashed over ripe bananas)
4 tbsp olive oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
7 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins

1) Prepare you loaf pans. You will find the directions below). Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a large bowl mix together the first 7 ingredients.

3) Add in remaining ingredients and mix to form a sticky dough.

4) Divide dough among 4 loaf pans. Should be between 1/4 to 1/2 pan full.

5) Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pans. Tap the bottom of the pan to make removing the loaves easier.

How to Prepare Bread Pans
Coat bottom and sides of pan with oil or margarine. Add in about 1 tablespoon of flour. Shake flour to coat bottom and about 3/4 of side of pan. Flour will stick to the oil. Discard excess flour. Flouring your baking pans helps to prevent baked goods from sticking.

Now Let's Prepare the Batter

Preheat oven to 350. Mash your bananas. Combine all wet ingredients and sugars. Add in remaining ingredients and mix. Divide the Batter Into Four Loaf Pans. Bake at 350 Degrees for 55 to 65 Minutes. Take into account that ovens can vary in temperature quite a bit so your loaves can take anywhere between 55 and 65 to fully cook.

You can tell when your banana loaf is finished baking as it will pull away from the sides of the pan when it is done. Allow loaves to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Do you bake up double or triple batches of your favourite home baked desserts so you have plenty on hand when company comes over? Most baked goods can be safely frozen for a later date making it very convenient to prepare it in large batches. Cooking up multiple batches of your cookies, cakes, and breads can save you a lot of future work, time, and clean up in the kitchen. This is especially true during the busy holiday season. Having extra treats in the freezer also makes it much easier to put together gift baskets of assorted homemade goodies for your friends and relatives.

Home baking: there really is no comparison in taste. The smell of banana bread cooking in the oven is enough to send a grown man to his knees begging for the first piece. The aroma is glorious. 

To most of us the aroma of bread baking is very traditional. It brings back memories of arriving home from school and sniffing the air around us as we entered the house. Memories of gathering in a warm kitchen and of feeling very loved. I remember myself and my siblings holding in our hands the hot thick slices of this heavy brown bread. It drenched in soft melting butter because thankfully my mother did not make us wait till it was cooled before we were allowed to eat.

Although basic Banana Bread smothered in butter is a delicious nutritious snack if you add walnuts to your recipe it really does add to the nutritional benefit. You not only add extra flavour and a nice crunchy texture but you also increase the health benefits of this snack dramatically.

Most nuts have a high fat content but generally they also offer up many health benefits as well. The good news on walnuts is that they contain high amounts of Omega 3 fats and these are good fats. Omega-3 fats are required by our bodies to insure that we have an optimum level of health. They can reduce cholesterol, improve heart health, improve brain and memory functioning, and amazingly act as a natural anti-inflammatory for those who suffer from arthritis or other inflammatory based illness.

If you add raisins to your banana bread then you increase the body's ability to fend off health problems. Raisins are a powerful antioxidant, they also contain iron, potassium, calcium and a few B vitamins. They also add a nice tasty zip to your already delicious banana bread.

Cherries are another powerful antioxidant that go good in many recipes and they are actually a natural pain reliever. Tossing in a few cherries makes a nice colourful additive to the banana bread giving it a slight pink tinge. It also serves to add a nice little zing in flavour much like the raisins do.

Just to sum up all that home baked goodness: Bananas are best known for their low cholesterol - high potassium content. They are also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, vitamin C, a large range of B vitamins as well as, Calcium, Magnesium, iron and zinc. Homemade desserts really are not all that tricky to add a nutritional twist into their baking. It is actually quite easy to create healthy baked treats for your family and friends to enjoy. Just follow the recipe and think wisely when choosing the ingredients.

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