Monday, January 10, 2011

No Nut Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loooooved banana bread. My mom made it a lot and I always ate it very quickly. Grant seems to share this same passion with me so I've made it twice in what seems to be about the last month. However, not being a fan of the nuttiness and more of a fan of the banana-ieness, I remove the nuts from the recipes I use. Hope you enjoy!!---And, please, add nuts if you wish :):)

Oh, and the streusel topping is simple and delicious! And could also be avoided if you want this recipe to be healthier...

No Nut Banana Bread:
Makes 1 loaf (16 slices)

2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs, beaten
4 medium bananas (preferably very ripe)
1 c granulated sugar
1/2 c butter, melted

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and set aside.

Next add the beaten eggs into a medium bowl with the mashed bananas, sugar and better. Combine until mixed then transfer all at once to the dry mixture.

Just combine all of the ingredients, the mixture should remain very lumpy.

Just combine until it looks like this!

((((Insert Streusel Topping here if desired---see below))))

Pour into your greased pan and bake for 55 minutes.

I know, I know... I need loaf pans...

Let cook on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to serve.

Streusel Topping:
Covers one loaf of banana bread.

1/4 c brown sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp butter

Mix together brown sugar and flour then cut in butter with a pastry cutter.

When crumbly, evenly distribute the mix on top of banana bread batter before placing it in the oven.


Banana Bread (1 slice):
175 calories, 6 grams fat (mostly saturated), 42 mg cholesterol, 28 grams carbs, 2.5 grams protein, 16 grams sugar.

Streusel Topping (nutrition added per slice):
If you add the streusel topping, it will add 31 calories to each slice along with about 1 gram more saturated fat. Nothing else is really significantly different.

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