Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Light Banana Bread

I am trying to use what we have around the house to prevent waste. Long story short, it's not as easy as it sounds. Lucky for me I have a baby so many things like fruits can be made into baby food. But I get jealous seeing my son have such amazing meals with our fruits we forgot to eat that I decided today was a good day to make something for Mommy and Daddy.  So I saw the bananas that were turning brown and looking at me with sad little brown speckled stems asking me 
"Why?... why are we starting to drip" 
(ok they weren't to that point yet but play along)... and then I looked at my freezer and that was asking me 
"Do you really think any more homemade baby food will fit in here?" (and then as if to give me sass the fan moaned from over working all day) 
and, after rolling my eyes at the freezer being so moody I looked in the mirror, and inner Aimee said 
"Screw it, make me something tasty."
For the record I am not crazy. And yes, I do hear these voices somedays. I am alone with a baby all day. At least I can still make complete sentences. Or at least I think I.

And so I came up with a simple and delicious light banana bread recipe. I am sharing it because 1.) I like to share recipes and 2.) perhaps one day you too will here those bananas asking you "why" as you frown at their over ripeness, and maybe you too want something tasty that doesn't include sticks of butter. 

Sure the oil was reduced... but the flavor is amazing!!!
A recipe that says it's OK for another slice :)
Light Banana Bread
What You Need:
2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Flax Meal
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 cup Almond Milk (or regular milk)
4 Very Ripe Bananas, mashed

1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon

Coconut Oil or Butter for greasing pans.

To start, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, peel and mash the bananas. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Once combined, add the flax meal and bananas. Finally, mix in the flour and baking soda until smooth.

Pour batter into greased and cinna-sugared mini loaf pans OR muffin tins OR an 8X8 baking dish. This recipe made me four perfect mini loaves. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on oven and pan type. For the mini loaves 35-40 was perfect!

If you did a good job greasing the pans (and covering in the cinna-sugar mixture) the bread should come right out! Great served hot, warm, or even cold. For me, I added a small dollop of butter on top since it was a guilt free recipe :)

Enjoy :)

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