the following recipe, which comes from a friend, is as particularly good as it is surprising since there are no dairy products in it or is there very much fat to speak of. in fact, it only uses 1/3 c of oil for a whole loaf. most of the moisture is provided by the bananas themselves and the honey content. the loaf will stay perfectly good for up to 5 or 6 days, if well-wrapped. it can be sliced and frozen for longer keeping if you like.
if you're organized, this recipe shouldn't take much time at all to throw together. having things premeasured and the baking pan ready saves you a lot of time. in terms of ingredients, i've added pecans and chocolate chips to the recipe; you can use either, both or none at all and just serve it plain. if you don't have pecans, you can use chopped walnuts. the recipe also uses part whole wheat flour — so, if you're thinking, "yuck!", don't ..... it's quite the opposite. it's healthier and tastes just as good as using only all purpose flour.
no nonsense banana bread
makes 1 loaf
1 c wholewheat + 3/4 c AP flour (or 1 3/4 c all purpose flour)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 large bananas, very ripe (or 3 small-ish ones)
2 large eggs (or egg replacement)
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/3 c honey (or brown rice syrup)
1/2 c (soft) brown sugar, packed
1/2 c coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/3 - 1/2 c chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
in large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and soda and salt. set aside.
peel and mash the bananas in another bowl. add the eggs and mix all together well.
in another bowl, mix together the oil, honey and brown sugar. it is easiest to measure the oil first and then the honey - it will slip right out of the measuring cup. at this point, you can mix this into the eggs and banana mixture or keep it separate. either way works. just make sure there are no hard bits of brown sugar (that won't dissolve) as you want the mixture to be uniform. if your brown sugar is not fully soft, you can microwave it (covered) for 15 to 20 seconds first to soften it up.
measure out the nuts and chocolate chips, if using.
before mixing everything together, preheat your oven to 325F and well grease a regular sized loaf pan (approx 8" x 5").
mix the wet ingredients into the dry and combine until all is blended together. do not overmix.
add the nuts and chocolate chips and pour into your greased pan (or muffin pan).
bake at 325 F for approx. 1 1/4 hrs or until the center is cooked -- test with a toothpick.
let cool for at least 20 min before removing.
stays good for several days and can be sliced and frozen.