Banana-Nut Bread!

I’m slowly getting back into the baking thing.  It takes time which I don’t seem to have as much recently.

On Saturday, I realized that we had some extra ripe bananas and I wanted to bake something before we headed over to my boyfriend’s place. We came to the conclusion to make banana nut bread.

banana nut bread

Banana nut bread

I found the recipe in Looneyspoons recipe book called Sweet Home Alabama. Its supposed to make two small loaves but I just made one bigger one.

Makes 2 small loaves/ 8 slices each

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup oat bran

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium or 3 large)

3/4 cup buttermilk or plain yogourt

2 eggs

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 tbsp butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1) Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray two 8×4 inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine flour, oat bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Mix well and set aside.

3) In a medium bowl, whisk together bananas, buttermilk, eggs, brown sugar, butter and vanilla until well blended.

4) Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.  Do not overmix batter.

5) Divide batter evenly among loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool loaves in pans over a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove loaves from pans and (1) slice and eat warm, or (2) cool completely on rack, then store in plastic wrap.

banana nut bread sweet home alabame

Banana nut bread

I made a few modifications to the ingredients.

– Substituted buttermilk due to lactose intolerance to vanilla flavored almond milk

– Omitted vanilla (none left)

– Substituted brown sugar with white sugar (none left)

– Substituted chocolate chips with slivered almonds

Banana nut bread

Banana nut bread

Despite all the replacements, the banana nut bread turned out pretty good.  The nuts gave it a nice chew and the bananas kept the bread soft and moist.  There wasn’t too much sugar (and you can always put less) if you’d like to.  Plus, the recipe is rather straight forward and easy and then 30 minutes later, its ready to eat.

I’d call that one a winner for sure! 🙂

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

This weekend was a big one full of baking.  The first recipe I did was one that I had planned on making for my boyfriend for a long time. I’ve been looking for a perfect recipe for oatmeal cookies and I had got this email on my gym’s newsletters a few months back.  This recipe is really easy to make and it tastes pretty delicious.

 

I only have the recipe in French so I will translate it below.  This recipe is from Nautilus Plus for Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies and makes 24.

Ingredients:

– 1/3 cup margarine

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 2 eggs

– 1 1/4 cups flour

– 1 1/4 cups instant oatmeal

– 3/4 cups of dried raisins

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 4 tbsp skimmed milk

 

Preparation:

1) Preheat the oven at 350F (180C)

2) In a big bowl, beat together margarine, sugar and eggs

3) Mix the remaining dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

4) Combine the dry mix with the margarine mix alternating it with the milk

5) Put the dough in small balls on cooking tray

6) Bake for 20 minutes and then cool on wire rack.

As usual, I gave it a bit of my own twist.  I am lactose-intolerant so I had to replace the milk with water.  Also, my boyfriend only wanted oatmeal cookies so I omitted the raisins from the mixture.  During the preparing process, the oatmeal really smelled like cooked oatmeal while mixing the ingredients together.  Also, I made bigger cookies so I only ended up with 12 cookies instead of 24.

Other than that, the recipe was right on with everything.  The cookies were extremely fluffy so was amazing texture.  The taste was very good as well, it wasn’t too sweet which was also a plus. It looked and tasted healthier than normal oatmeal cookies.  Definitely worth a try!

If you do give it a shot, tell me how it turned out!