Banana bread and banana muffins

I’m on this new food share philosophy I’ve coined: Bake it forward

Any baked good I put in the oven these days I vow to share a portion with family, friends, neighbors, the community… you name it. It’s my little way to pay it forward and show the people in – and around – my life how much I care. One for me to eat… one to share as a treat!

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So are you ready to make someone’s day? Bake banana bread! I don’t know a soul who would not want a slice, well, besides my older sister, Alli. But, hey, that girl doesn’t even like peanut butter. How on earth are we blood related? Strange, I know.

So to make my bake it forward way of life a little easier I did double the recipe. One batch of muffins (easier than slices bread to share) and one loaf for home (anyone keen for afternoon tea?). Enjoy this a-peel-ing treat!

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Banana bread and banana muffins
Serves 12
This delicious health banana bread is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Indulge by adding chocolate chips or add a crunch with mixed nuts.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  2. ⅓ cup oil (coconut, extra-virgin olive or vegetable oil)
  3. ½ cup honey
  4. 2 eggs
  5. ¼ cup milk or water
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  8. ¾ cup rolled oats
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  11. ½ teaspoon nutmeg and ginger (optional)
  12. Optional mix-ins: ½ cup nuts (walnuts, pecans), chocolate chips, raisons or dried fruit or 1 sliced banana
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F or 170°C
  2. Grease a bread loaf pan (4x8 inch) or line a grease a 12-hole muffin pan if you’re making muffins instead of bread
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the banana with a fork until smooth and stir in the remaining wet ingredients, including oil, honey, eggs, milk/water, and vanilla
  4. In a separate mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients, including the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and ginger
  5. Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients and pour the mixed batter into the loaf or muffin pan
  6. Bake 40-50 minutes for the bread loaf or 20 minutes for muffins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  7. Remove from oven and cool completely, slice and serve
Adapted from Donna Hay
Adapted from Donna Hay
Zest of Zen http://www.zestofzen.com/
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