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Scrumptious Banana Bread

Prep Time10 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr

Have some bananas that are getting to the over-ripe point and want to do something with them? Ah, I have just the idea! A quick and simple, yet incredibly moist and yummy, banana bread. You probably have all the items in your pantry and refrigerator, so here goes…

 2 large or 3 small ripe bananas, mashed
 ¼ Cup unsweetened, plain yogurt (or pureed apples, peaches, or even jam)
 ¼ Cup avocado oil
 ½ Cup unrefined sugar
 2 Tablespoons molasses (or dark agave or brown rice syrup)
 2 Cups white whole wheat pastry flour (or other flour, even a gluten-free mix)
 ¾ Teaspoon baking soda
 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
 ¼ Teaspoon sea salt
 ¼ Teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
 1 Pinch ground allspice, optional, but really yummy when added
 1 Pinch ground cloves, ditto the allspice
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Prepare one bread loaf pan by lightly coating with oil or Earth Balance creamy spread

2

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

3

In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas.

4

Add the yogurt, oil, sugar, molasses, and mix until well combined.

5

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sea salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

6

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

7

Pour batter into your prepared bread pan.

8

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

9

Allow to cool in pan on wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then flip out of pan and allow loaf to cool completely on the wire rack.

Note: This banana bread freezes incredibly well, so you can save it for another day’s treat.
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Feeling a wee bit crazy and adventurous? Trying adding a cup of chocolate chips, or some raisins, or how about some nuts? Or how about a combination? Get crazy. Make it your own. But most importantly, enjoy!