Banana Bread
Time Required: 15 (50 min. total)

As long as banana bread is not converted into “banana cake” it can be part of a very heathy breakfast or serve as a snack your body can really use.  Look for whole wheat pastry flour or just use whole wheat.  Sucanat (like brown sugar) is dehydrated sugar cane with all of the natural vitamins and minerals intact.  And the quicker the better, so why don’t you start your own container of bulk pancake mix and save yourself a few steps? Or reduce your calories and sugar even more than it already is!?( ** See directions at the end.)


3-4 banana(s) -- medium, black spotted
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup(s) sucanat -- or brown sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
2 egg(s)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup(s) whole wheat pastry flour -- or GF mix
1/4 tsp chopped nuts -- Brazil, walnut, pecan, etc.


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  (This is a good time to rinse and dry some quinoa in the heating oven on a tray for grinding later. Store in container or ziplock until needed.)

2.  Place sliced bananas, butter and sugar in a skillet over medium heat.  Saute until bananas are carmelized, approx. 4 min..  Set aside to cool.

3.  Pour cooled banana mixture into mixing bowl and mix until smooth.  Add olive oil, eggs and vanilla then combine all well.

4.  Sprinkle dry ingredients over top and mix just until all combined.

5. Pour into buttered bread pan and sprinkle with chopped nuts and a little raw sugar and cinnamon if desired. Bake 35-40 min. or until toothpick comes out clean and bread pulls away from the sides.  Cool before slicing.

* TIME SAVER: For quicker baking time, pour batter into two buttered, smaller pie plates and reduce cooking time to 20-25 min.  Cut in pie wedges.

**TIME SAVER: Replace all dry ingredients with 2 c. pancake mix.  Reduce sugar by half.  See OTL Bulk Pancake Mix or OTL Bulk GF Pancake Mix to make your own.

*CALORIE SAVER- Replace olive oil with 1/2 cup flax gel (1/4 c. flax meal and 1/4 c. water, set aside 10 min. to gel) per loaf of bread.
                  - Replace 1/2 cup sucanat with 1/3 c. sucanat and 1 packet stevia powder.

OTL 2012                          


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