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Bodacious Banana Nut Bread

Updated on January 12, 2009

Your Bananas Should Not Be Anywhere Near This Pretty! Choose Very Ripe Bananas!

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Simple To Make! Delicious to Eat! :)

Toss the dry ingredients together in a big bowl:

Two cup whole wheat flour

½ cup raw brown sugar

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

One teaspoon cinnamon

Stir the moist ingredients together or use your blender for more cake-like bread:

Four ripe bananas mashed (or just toss them into the blender)

One cup buttermilk (or milk w/ one teaspoon apple cider vinegar added)

One tablespoon of peanut or walnut oil or other non hydrogenated oil.

One teaspoon vanilla extract

One egg

Mix the topping ingredients in the pan you will use to bake the bread:

Two tablespoons of  butter

¼ cup raw brown sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

A few dashes of cinnamon

Toss a few enhancements into the batter before baking:

Raisins, chopped nuts, flax seeds, oatmeal, etc. to equal ½ - ¾ cup.

Set your oven at 375 degrees. Put the butter for the topping into a 9" baking dish (round or square). Put the dish in the oven. Start mixing the other ingredients, but don‘t forget about your melting butter. Leave it only long enough for the butter to melt. Once it has melted, remove the pan from the oven. Stir the vanilla into the melted butter. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over the butter mixture. Set this aside for later.

Put all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Fluff them together using a wire whisk. You can add your “enhancements” now or wait until you have mixed in the moist ingredients. Make a depression in the center of the dry ingredients.

Combine all of the moist ingredients in a medium sized bowl or use your blender. I prefer to use the blender. The banana bread is more moist this way. Slowly pour the moist ingredients into the depression in the center of the dry ingredients. Blend them in with the wire whisk as you pour. Whisk until everything is thoroughly combined.

For a more dense bread, you should have a fairly stiff but almost pourable batter. For a more cake like bread, you will want it to be about the consistency of pancake batter. Pour the batter into the 9" pan. Put the pan back in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes. When you insert a knife or toothpick into the center, it should come out clean if the banana bread is done.

Take the bread out of the oven. Set it on a trivet to cool for about 5 minutes. Don’t leave it much longer than that, or the topping will make it stick to the pan. Place a plate over the baking dish, and turn the whole thing over. The bread should fall right out onto the plate without crumbling or spilling. If there is topping left in the pan, just scrape it out with a tablespoon. Spread it onto the top of the bread.

This bread is just great eaten hot out of the oven plain. It is very rich and really doesn’t need adornment, but I’ll bet peanut butter would be good!

Copyright: SuzanneBennett: November 6, 2008

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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    4 years ago from Texas

    Glad I could help! :)

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    sweetie1 

    4 years ago from India

    This recipe looks what I needed. Thanks for sharing.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

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    rose-the planner 

    5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    Mmmmmmmmm..........I have to definitely try this recipe. Thank you for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Glad I could help! :)

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    Tirralan Watkins 

    5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I've been looking for a good banana nut bread recipe. This one looks great. I'm glad I came across this hub!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! :)

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    Naomi's Banner 

    5 years ago from United States

    This sounds very yummy! I will definitely have to try it out. Love your writing style and the way this is put together. Voted up and awesome! Happy baking.

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Now that I am on Pinterest, will pin this recipe to my cakes and sweet breads board. Thanks! Will also share.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    You can use regular flour. I use whole wheat flour for everything. It will probably be much lighter with regular flour! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I bought some discounted bananas that were quite ripe at the store the other day. Have them in the refrigerator. This would be the perfect time to try this recipe so I came back for a look. I have all of the ingredients except the whole wheat flour. Even have the buttermilk. Tweeting!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

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    Indian Chef 

    5 years ago from New Delhi India

    This looks as interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! You're dredging up all my old recipes now! LOL! I have forgotten about quite a few of these! :D Thanks for the reminder!

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Suzanne,

    I have never made a topping for a banana bread such as this recipe calls for. I'll bet that it is good. Your comment about the frozen bananas is also interesting. Up, useful and interesting votes.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

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    toknowinfo 

    7 years ago

    Thanks for the great recipe. I love trying new recipes. Thanks for sharing. Rated up and useful

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Thank you! And I shall try yours! :)

    Here is Amber's banana bread recipe:

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1340769/b...

    I learned a tip last time I made mine. I had bought a big bag of bananas for a dollar, and I froze quite a few of them whole. When I went to use them, I discovered that (once thawed) I could just cut the end off and squeeze the banana out as if it were in a tube! Makes them very easy to use for banana bread! :)

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    amberskyfire 

    9 years ago

    Sounds delicious! I'm going to have to try it :)

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Great! I hope he likes it! :)

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    Rebecca Graf 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin

    My husband just loves banana bread and has been really riding me to make some. I'll have to try this one out.

    Thanks.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! I know you will love it! :)

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    JenArt 

    9 years ago

    Oooo, this sounds so good. And I love the addition of flax seeds. Great and healthy suggestion!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    9 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! I'm sure she will love it! It's yummy! I just started out to make my regular breakfast bread, and it happily evolved! :)

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    Lisa HW 

    9 years ago from Massachusetts

    My daughter likes baking banana breads. I'm passing this recipe on to her. Thanks.

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