My brother makes a killer banana bread, where the batter is basically a way to cement together all kinds of nutty, fruity goodness. There is no oil at all in this recipe. The result is almost fruitcakeish, except that it's actually edible! :-) Like fruitcake, the loaves are pretty stable and improve with age. You can add pretty much any kind/combination of dried fruit and nuts - as long as it adds up to the same total weight of the ingredients listed below.
- 6 ripe bananas
- 4 eggs
- 588 g flour
- 310 g sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 470 g raisins or 470 g dried cranberries, slightly chopped
- 360 g pecans or 360 g walnuts, slightly chopped
- 310 g dried pineapple, chopped
- 470 g dried apricots or 470 g dried mango, strips chopped
- 80 g shredded coconut
- Grease and line three 9"X5" loaf tins.
- Pre mix the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Mash the bananas in the mixer.
- Mix in the eggs, sugar.
- Add the dried ingredients.
- Add the dried fruit nuts etc. - this is where all that extra horsepower from a good mixer comes in handy!
- Spoon out the mix into the three loaf pans - a scale is a handy way to get them approximately equal.
- Bake about 1 hour at 350°F When done, a test stick will come out clean.
I don't usually like fruit cake but this sounded so yummy I just had to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed either this is great. I halved the recipe & got one large loaf and 2 small loaves out of it. I used sultanas, pineapple & apricot for the fruit & almonds for the nuts as that's what I had on hand. The banana gives the cake a nice flavour & because of all the good things in it I needn't feel too guilty about eating it. This one I will make again. Thanks for posting!