Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins
This is probably the best banana loaf you'll ever taste! It's nice and moist, and flavorful too! And for all you nutrition ninjas like me out there, it's super healthy :) Hope you enjoy! PS I use ground rolled oats here because one day I ran out of flour, so I improvised, and it turned out great! ALSO: I have a VERY old oven, so for some reason the food cooks quicker, so I'd keep an eye on the loaf once you reach the 40 minute mark. AND raisins are totally optional. I use organic because conventional ones are sprayed with tons of nasty chemicals.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or a mix of whole wheat and white)
- 1⁄2 cup ground rolled oats
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon (or more)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon clove
- 1 small pinch salt
- 1 cup mashed banana (3 small or medium)
- 1⁄3 cup unsweetened applesauce (1 of those small plastic 6 pk cups)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1⁄2 cup organic raisins
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Mash bananas with a potato masher (if you have a fancier or better tool, go for it).
- Mix with wet ingredients. (not raisins).
- Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
- Fold in raisins. Try not to mix too much.
- Pour into a 8x5 or 8x4 or 8x3 pan. Whatever you have on hand.
- Cook about 45 minutes. I think it's closer to 1 hour, but my oven is really old and doesn't cook normally.
- *Once the top is set, I usually mix about 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp brown sugar and cinnamon and glaze the top. You can sprinkle some oats on there too!
- Hope it turns out good for you!
Definitely an excellent banana loaf! I made this this morning, easily put together and popped into the oven, mine is also an old oven and it took just over 45 minutes to be ready. I used two large bananas, an 80gr jar of apple puree, took Mikekeys suggestion of subbing cranberries, since I'm not a lover of raisins, and I subbed linseed seeds for the flaxseed. An 8 x 5 loaf tin was the perfect size, I did prepare the tin by greasing it beforehand. I added the glaze, using a pastry brush to apply, after it had been in the oven for 10 minutes or so. My husband declared this excellent, and I see that several slices are already gone!!! Thank you celtichedgehog, a very good recipe, made for PAC Spring 2012
As advertised in the intro, this is moist and flavorful. I didn't grind the oats, just left them whole. And I subbed dried cranberries for the raisins. Loved the spices in this! Made for Spring 2012 Pick a Chef game.
I forgot to mention...my oven is fairly old as well and took 50 minutes and I used a silicone loaf pan which I love using. I greased and floured it to be on the safe side although I don't think you're required to with these pans? Just make sure you remove the loaf from the pan before cutting into so you don't cut through the silicone. Did this once, but this recipe was a firm mixture so the silicone pan with the 1 inch slit at the side worked out.