Banana Nut Bread

May 4th, 2009 by Julie

One of my favorite recipes to make here at my quaint Montana Bed and Breakfast is banana bread.   Served with a cup of strong coffee and enjoyed from a rocking chair on the back porch in the morning, life just doesn’t get any better.  And don’t feel bad if you have a second (or third) slice, it’s a healthier version using applesauce and wheat flour.

Makeover Banana Nut Bread

  • 2 Tbs butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until crumbly.  Add egg, then egg white, beating well after each addition.  Beat on high speed until light & fluffy.  Stir in bananas, applesuace, honey and extract.  Combine flours, baking soda and salt.  Stir into banana mixture just until moistened.

Pour into a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Sprinkle with chopped nuts.  Bake at 325 degrees for 60-65 minutes or unitl a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.  Yield: 1 loaf approximately 10 slices.

Should be enjoyed with a cup of coffee at the best lodging in Gardiner, Montana!