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Banana Nut Bread

Earlier this week, I was gifted several banana’s and after I saw them, I knew that I wanted to make a loaf of Banana Nut Bread with them. So, I let them get fully ripe and decided to do a little baking this morning. It’s been raining on and off all day here and I was happy that I did get up early enough to get in a good run this morning. Anyway, let me tell you, while this Banana Bread is baking, your home will smell sooooo darn good. I stayed pretty traditional with this recipe, but I may experiment with it some more in the fall. Now, I didn’t make a big serving of it, but for our individuals servings, I made a small portion of Cream Cheese Icing to dollop on top. I had the ingredient’s, and it’s very simple, so I thought, why not. It’s obviously optional, but I will include that simple recipe down below as well. These slices went so well with my Pumpkin Spice Hot Tea…and I imagine they will go well with a cup of coffee or juice. Yeah, I know it’s not fall yet, but it certainly felt like it today.


Recipe: Serves 5 – 7
…adapted from here.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of Unbleached – All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1/8 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1 stick of Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup of Granulated Sugar (I use Pure Organic Cane Sugar)
1 tablespoon of Agave Nectar (Honey or Sugar can be used in the place of this)
2 large Eggs (room temperature)
1 cup of ripe Banana’s (mashed/about 3 medium Banana’s)
1/2 cup of Buttermilk
1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup of chopped Walnuts or Pecan

Optional Toppings: 

Powdered Sugar
Cream Cheese Icing

Single Serving of Cream Cheese Icing:

1 tablespoon of Cream Cheese
1 1/2 tablespoon of Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon of Milk
1 tiny pinch of Sea Salt (optional)
(Just mix these all together really well)

 
Instructions:

Preheat oven at 350 degree’s. Butter or grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix together and set to the side. In a large bowl, whip/cream your butter and sugar together, on low with an electric mixer and then add in agave nectar and gradually add in your eggs. Once mixed, then slowly stir(with a large spoon) in your flour mixture, and then milk, vanilla, and nuts, banana’s, just until blended. Pour mixture into baking pan and bake on center rack, in center of oven ,for about 65 – 70 minutes or until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for about 15 – 30 minutes and then turn out onto a rack or plate to let cool. 

Then slice and enjoy! xoxo

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