November 14, 2014

Banana Nut Bread/Muffins

How to make Banana Nut Bread/Muffins (with step-by step pictorials)


            I love baking; but what I love even more, is baking quick breads, muffins & loafs, far more than baking cakes and other sweet treats; simply because of their drastic difference in nutritive value. When it comes to feeding our families; don't we always want the best for them? This is one such recipe, that will please all your loved ones. No special gadgets needed, healthy for all, and best of all - an excellent way to use up your over-ripe bananas, that no one wants to eat at home. 

         I sit here, reminiscing of the good old days -whenever we were stuck with over-ripe bananas at home; I would wait impatiently for the eager cows/calves to pay us a visit. Although I'm sure they love the tasty treat; myself & the kids love the opportunity to get up close to these sweet creatures, & a chance to pet them. It's a win-win for everyone. But this recipe is another way to a 'win-win'; to win the love of your family & friends.


Healthy Banana Muffins


INGREDIENTS:

Dry Ingredients:

1 Cup all purpose flour/Maida
3/4 Cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (powder)
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (powder)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Sugar/Raw Cane Sugar


Moist Banana Nut Bread

Wet Ingredients:

2 Eggs
3 Tbsp Yogurt
1/4 Cup Vegetable/Canola Oil
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
4 Well Ripe Bananas, Mashed

Additional Ingredients:

1 to 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar for topping
1/2 Cup broken/chopped Walnuts


Moist Banana Nut Bread



Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper, if needed or use a non stick pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together & set aside. 
  • Peel & mash the bananas, in a bowl & set aside.  
  • In another medium mixing bowl whisk the eggs & then add the rest of the wet ingredients; one by one ending with the mashed bananas & beat/blend. 
  • Now, pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture & blend.  
  • Add the chopped walnuts & mix with a fork and pour into prepared loaf pan. 
  • Top with a generous sprinkle of brown sugar & bake for about 45 minutes.

  • OR pour into prepared muffin tins with a generous sprinkle of brown sugar & bake for about 35-45 minutes.



NOTES:

  • You can spray the muffin liners/tin with non-stick spray to make sure the muffins don't stick to them.
  • The quantity of Sugar mentioned, gives you a mildly sweetened bread/muffin - since the ripe bananas make up for the Sugar in the recipe. If you like your breads & muffins really sweet - you could increase the sugar to 3/4 of a cup.

   Events: 


  • I'm sending the black & white picture that I altered to Week # 153 - Christmas Edition of Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Photography Event, hosted by Lynne Daley of Cafe Lynnylu & started  by  Susan  of The well seasoned cook & organized by Cindy of Cindy Star blog



  • Sending this delicious recipe over to the Bake Fest Event started by Vardhini of Cook's Joy  and hosted by Anamika of Taste Junction.



  This recipe is slightly adapted from here. to make the already healthy Banana Nut bread, even more healthier.




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