Banana Nut Bread

This is my favorite way to eat bananas 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 (1.25) cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened to room temp
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs (or egg beater equivalent or 2 egg whites + half whole egg)
  • 2 large or 3 medium very ripe, mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or squirt of lemon juice plus enough regular milk to make 1/2 cup and let it sit about 5 mintues **I always use this substitution because we never have buttermilk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup oatmeal (quick cooking/old fashioned, not instant)
  • 1 1/2 (1.5) cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts) – if desired
  • 1 cup dark chocolate morsels – if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 loaf pans (8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5) or 1 loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3) – I use one glass 9x5x3 loaf pan for this recipe.
  2. Mix sugar, butter, and applesauce in a large bowl.  Stir in eggs until well-blended.  Stir in bananas, buttermilk (or milk/lemon juice combination), and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in oatmeal, salt, and baking soda until well-blended.  Then add flour and mix until just moistened.  Stir in nuts and chocolate, if desired.  Divide batter evenly between pans (or pour into one).
  4. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaves about 1 hour 10 minutes (but check on it during the last 10 minutes – I add aluminum foil if the edges are getting dark but middle not done yet).  Done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes in pans on wire rack.
  5. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack.  Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing.  Wrap tightly and store at room temperature for up to 4 days or refrigerate for up to 10 days.

Nutrition

1/16th of loaf (made with walnuts but without chocolate): 226 calories, 8.7 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 16.4 mg cholesterol, 258 mg sodium, 139 mg potassium, 34 carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 18.7 g sugar, 4.2 g protein.

This is a Betty Crocker recipe that I modified by using applesauce in place of half butter, oatmeal in place of cup of flour, milk plus lemon juice instead of buttermilk.

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