Quick Banana Bread
This bread is so easy to make. I made it in no time, it took me no more than 15 minutes to combine all of the ingredients and put them into the hot oven. Even if you’re tired in the evening after work, you can easily prepare it and have fresh, sweet bread for breakfast. It actually is a perfect breakfast bread. Goes great with morning coffee and can be eaten alone or with tasty marmalade. It does not need yeast to rise, the leavening ingredients used are baking powder and soda, that’s why it’s so quick. Yeast breads, like my zucchini bread, require at least 2 hours before they can be baked. Banana bread is kind of a muffin like bread. The ingredients could be easily used in the muffin recipe and although I haven’t tried, you can pour the batter into muffin tin instead of a loaf tin. Just remember that it will bake faster (about 20-25 min) in the muffin tin.
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2.5-3 bananas)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cooking oil
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts
1/4 cup fruit bits
In a bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Season with cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Stir a bit.
In another bowl combine mashed bananas, egg, sugar and vegetable oil. Add lemon zest, chopped nuts and fruit bits. Stir until well combined.
Pour the banana mixture into the flour and stir until combined but obey the same rule as with muffins, don’t overmix. Mix only until no more flour is visible and ingredients are combined but don’t let the batter become smooth.
Pour the batter into 8 x 4 inch greased loaf pan (I only had 9 x 5 inch pan hence my bread seems a bit flat, it’s rectangular instead of square) and bake 45-50 min in the oven preheated to 350°F. Check if it’s done by inserting a wooden stick. I comes out clean when the bread is ready.
Nutrition Facts in 1 slice of bread (whole loaf yields 14 slices):
Kilocalories 148.49 kcal, Protein 2.46 g, Carbohydrate 23.78 g
Total 5.27 g, Saturated Fat 0.51 g, Monounsaturated Fat 3.12 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1.41 g, Trans Fatty Acid 0.02 g, Cholesterol 15.11 mg
Dietary Fiber 1.26 g, Sugar 10.41 g
Vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin C 2.2 mg, Vitamin A (IU) 33.83 IU, Calcium 39.36 mg, Iron 0.88 mg, Sodium 102.81 mg