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Banana Nut Bread
Banana Nut Bread
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Banana Nut Bread
Here's a quick and easy to make delicous Banana Bread recipe which is great for using up those overripe bananas.
You don't need an electric mixer and you won't develop muscles combining the ingredients! It's that easy to make.
And if you want to save on utility bills, you can bake this bread in a Toaster/Mini Oven - these are more economical to run than a large/regular sized appliance.
INGREDIENTS - Banana Nut Bread
4 bananas, mashed
one third of a cup of butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
one third of a cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1.5 (one and a half) cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
half a teaspoon nutmeg, and/or mixed spice
a quarter of a cup of chopped nuts (nb: you can also make this Banana Bread without the nuts)
See below for some serving suggestions for this delicious Banana Nut Bread.
COOK TIME - Banana Nut Bread
PREHEAT the oven to 180 C, Gas Mark 4, and line a 2lb loaf pan/cake tin with greaseproof paper to ease removal of bread once cooked.
An extra oven can come in very handy at busy times and are portable.
Money saving tip !
If you have a Toaster/Mini Oven, don't forget they are not just for making toast. You can grill, roast, bake and so much more in these small stoves and save yourself some cash on utility bills since it takes less energy to run than a large/regular oven.
So why not try baking this bread in your Toaster/Mini !
If you do not have a small countertop stove, do be aware that these are invaluable if you have limited room and/or want to have additional oven space in addition to your usual appliance at busy holiday times or when entertaining.
INSTRUCTIONS - Banana Nut Bread
- In a bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, melted butter, beaten egg, sugar, vanilla and chopped nuts (save a little of the sugar and/or chopped nuts for sprinkling on top if wanted)
- Fold the flour, baking powder and spices into the mixture. Combine thoroughly.
- Place this mixture into the greased loaf tin (and sprinkle some of the chopped nuts or sugar on top).
- Bake at 180 C, Gas Mark 4, for 50 minutes (or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean).
- Wait for the banana bread to cool down a little before removing it from tin or cutting into it. Enjoy!
- See below for Serving Suggestions for this Banana Bread recipe.
- Also SEE BELOW for further banana ideas and recipes.
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SERVING SUGGESTIONS for Banana Nut Bread
Banana Bread is delicious just as it, but here are a few suggestions if you want a change ...
- spread with butter
- top with chocolate spread
- toast and top with butter or chocolate spread
- top with your favourite jam
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- Find out why you should be eating more bananas here.
More banana ideas
Bananas are a healthy, energy giving fruit and extremely versatile.
We've all simply peeled and eaten a banana, maybe as a snack between meals. You may enjoy a sliced banana as a cereal topping at breakfast, or in a sandwich for lunch, on hot buttered toast, on bread or toast with chocolate spread or peanut butter.
Bananas are a great addition to lunchboxes for adults and children alike and mashed bananas make a quick, healthy and easy dessert for babies and toddlers.
Most people do not enjoy eating overripe bananas just as they are and may be tempted to just discard them. However there are a multitude of recipes which use bananas/overripe bananas, such as Banana Milkshake/Banana Smoothie/Banana Hot Chocolate drink, Banana Cake, Banana fritters, Banana Pudding/Banana Ice cream.
My own journey towards making more use of overripe bananas began in earnest when, by mistake we ordered 10 bunches of bananas (instead of just 10 bananas) from our online grocery shopping provider. Having given many bananas away we still had loads left and in the warm weather they were fast becoming covered with larger and larger brown spots. So what to do with dozens of overripe bananas became a bit of a priority.
This predicament led to much experimentation and to my learning that it's possible to freeze bananas, something which had never occurred to me beforehand! Frozen bananas can be used in smoothies and other recipes - and banana ice cream is just divine.
For us, our error in ordering 10 hands of bananas, instead of 10 fingers, turned out to be a blessing in disguise!