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Best Ever Banana Bread

Servings: 1 loaf, 12 servings
Guest Submitted Recipe, by Rakhi

"This recipe was given to me by my cousin Sameeta... I have tried many recipes for banana bread but this one has to be the best and is a sure keeper. I am sure that you will never try another banana bread recipe after you have tried this one. The good thing with this is that it uses very little fat/oil and yet comes out very moist. A healthy option would also be to substitute the cake/all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. You can bake it in a loaf tin or round 8-inch cake tin.

I hope you like baking this banana bread and enjoy the pleasure of seeing your loved ones relish it."....Rakhi

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/4 cups all-purpose OR whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla essence (vanilla extract)
1/2 - 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf tin or a round 8-inch cake tin.

2. Beat eggs by hand or with an electric mixer until fluffy.

3. Add sugar and continue to beat until pale and fluffy.

4. Add in the vanilla.

5. Add the oil in a slow stream and continue beating until it is incorporated.

6. Fold in flour (that has been well sifted with the baking soda and baking powder so it is well combined) and chopped nuts into the egg/sugar/oil mixture.

7. Pour batter into prepared tin and bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes. When you test the center.. the tester should come out clean.

Makes 1 loaf (12 servings).

Source: My own
Submitted By: Rakhi Ravindran
Date: May 13, 2007