Thursday, April 29, 2010

I did it…..Moist Banana Bread!!!

I finally got a banana bread recipe to work. I did have a basic one to go by this time but of course changed it out to a better for us. I made 2 loaves of bread, 1 9x13 cake and 18 mini muffins from the changes I made in this recipe but hey, we have some to share, have for snack with the daycare and a cake to send with Jim tomorrow at the store. So all in all a huge success. Here’s my recipe:

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I’m going to call it Extra Moist Banana Bread…

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2cups white flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp each – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup wheat germ

3 eggs

1 cup oil

10 oz chunked pineapple

1/2 cup pineapple juice (what comes in the can was close enough)

2 cups mashed bananas (which was about 5 banana’s)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

To start out with I took the banana’s pureed them in my blender (I have a family that hates chunky anything), then I added pineapple and juice and pureed that all up, then the yogurt and wheat germ and eggs.

In a big bowl I used my mixer and mixed up all the dry ingredients. Then add the liquid and mix for about 3 minutes, slow at first to get it all wet and then the last minute a bit faster. Don’t forget to scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl.

This makes two loaves or 1 9x13 and 18 mini muffins. I did both because I have lots and lots of banana’s that I got when pretty dark.

Bake for an hour at 350* for the loaves, 35 minutes for the cake and 15 minutes for the mini muffins.

This has to be pretty healthy. I sorta figured it all out and it comes to about… 100 calories a slice. Now for a healthy snack and pretty hardy I think it’s going to be okay. If you’re really worried, try a mini muffin like I did, it was filling and tasted great and I still got to try it all out.

I also did up some onions today. I had gotten a bag of soft gross ones but I’m not to much for throwing things away so I cut up the good parts and froze them. Well they somehow got left out and thawed so I figured I better do something with them so I fried them up in olive oil with green peppers, red peppers, garlic and herb and more garlic. Then seasoned them with season salt and pepper. Oh they smelled so good. I browned them a bit until everything was soft and some what starting to caramelize.

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Then I let them cool and put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and froze them into 1/2 cup size portions.

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This will save time and energy when I need some goodness to add to soups, hot dishes and so on. I had a tiny bit left over so made a hot dish for supper too. I had 90/10 hamburger, whole wheat noodles, fresh tomatoes and broccoli cup up into little pieces, mushrooms and then my homemade spaghetti sauce. So now supper is done, just have to bake it for 30 minutes and we’ll have good for us, healthy for us, not to fatten of a dinner. YEAH!!!

The kids helped me do all the baking and mixing of the hot dish and Brenda came down to visit and did the chopping of the veggies so all in all a productive day and fun too.

I’ve finally think I’m getting back into the groove. It’s been depressing not doing what I know I should be. I have already did some exercise but need a potty break and then my computer called me so stopped to do a post then back to work I go. I did my weigh training so now will go do the cardio. I know I feel better since kicking myself in the butt and getting back to work. So it onwards and upwards.

Just thought I’d share with you all. Give the banana bread a try, it does taste wonderful and the house smells so good. Take care my friends. God Bless you all!!!

2 comments:

SueDohNihm said...

mmmmmmm that looks soo good! I can almost smell the bananas, oh wait..I'm eating one while reading :) I may try your recipe adding some pecans into the mix.

I understand the depressing bit of not doing what you need too. I hate this not being allowed to do anything strenuous.

Off to find your garden swap post, I just got my goodies!!:-)

Carolyn Christie said...

That looks yummy!! I have my moms really good banana cake/banana nut bread recipe.