So ~Zookini Kid style Banana loaf, one would think it included zucchini squash, and it almost did, but not this time. I do love this recipe because it has fruit and veggies. Any time you can add whole food nutrients…the better the recipe in my opinion, and, I also change some of her ingredients to fit ‘my whole food’ criteria. Oh, and I tend to buy Organic ingredients so assume below says organic or locally grown in front of it.
The recipe I made at first I added Teff flour. After tasting it…the Teff is too strongly flavored for this bread and over powers the banana. I pretty much try to stay away from whole wheat flour but if you have no issue with whole wheat you can use it instead of the Gluten free flours I use.
Here we go:
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) melted
1/4 cup Black Strap Mollasses
2 very ripe mashed banana’s (I’m basing this on average size banana’s rather than small)
2 cups flour- I use- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten free all-purpose flour and 1 cup Brown Rice flour. You can use any flour you like just keep it Whole and unrefined. Mix it up and play with different flours to your taste
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (fresh if you can)
1 cup finely grated carrot (about 1 large carrot)
Half of an apple, skinned, cored and finely diced. ( I used Gala, use what you have or
like) If it is small use the whole apple.
1/2 cup chopped and toasted pecans (optional) I actually would use more but I am a nut-aholic.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease(I use some of the melted butter) and flour (I use the flour mixture) a 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. Honestly…whatever dang pan or baking dish you have…use. Just mind the time it is baking depending on its depth.
Place the melted butter, molasses, eggs(bring to room temp before adding butter) and banana in a large mixing bowl and beat well, preferably with an electric mixer. If you don’t have one use a fork and mush the banana’s well and beat.
Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. With the mixer on low, combine the dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Then fold in the carrot, apple and pecans. Scoop into the baking dish and bake about 55 minutes or until the tooth pick pulls out without ‘gook’ on it. Yes that is a technical term. The center section of the loaf is the last to bake through so place it in the center when checking. Let cool and then, well, enjoy!