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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Recipe Alert: Easy Peasy Banana Nut Bread

Toddler's are unpredictable little creatures. One minute they love something, and the next minute they don't want anything to do with it. Take bananas for instance, two weeks ago mini d couldn't get enough bananas. Last week she wouldn't touch a banana with a ten foot pole. This left me with some over-ripe bananas that I wasn't about to throw out! 

If you have been on the hunt for a tried and true banana nut bread recipe that's quick and easy to make you have come to the right place. 

Warning: This banana nut bread will melt in your mouth and become extremely addicting. 

What do you need? 

1 stick butter, softened ( 1/ 1/2 cup)
1 & 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
2 eggs, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2-3 medium sized bananas mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon, divided
Pinch nutmeg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

How do you make it?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

Spray your loaf pan or rub down with oil and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the butter and 1 cup of brown sugar, until blended. I like to whisk by hand because it ensures you aren't over whisking which will take the moisture out of your bread. Whisk in the eggs, cream cheese, banana, and vanilla until combined. Add in 1 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, baking soda, and salt. Be sure you aren't over mixing, remember moisture. It should be clumpy. Finally, fold in your walnuts.

Pour the mixture in to your loaf pan and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and sugar over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Pull it out and lightly cover it with foil. Place back in the over for another 30 minutes. Let rest on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before cutting. 

This will be the yummiest and moistest (is that even a word?) banana nut bread you have ever had! It's perfect for these cool, winter mornings. Warm a piece, spread a little butter on it, and sit down to enjoy your coffee. 

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