Monday, November 30, 2015

{Simple Banana Bread}

There are 4 foods off the top of my head, that I don't like.
I generally just simply love food in general, so honestly, the fact that I don't like these things, is a tad disturbing to me.

Cream cheese, white chocolate, sweet potatoes, and banana bread.

I know, I'm crazy! I'll eat any kind of bean or pepper, but put cream cheese in front of me, and my heart will drop!
The thing is, I really, really WANT to like all of those things.
When you say "cream cheese" it just seems like it's going to be so rich and absolutely delicious! "White chocolate" sounds somehow romantic or something!
"Sweet Potatoes" seem healthy, and light!
"Banana Bread" just reminds me of grandma's house!
I see all kinds of different recipes and I think "oh, I'll like it like that."
So, I try it.
And it never fails.
No matter what, it still tastes like cream cheese, or white chocolate or whatever!

After 20+ years of trying to convince myself that I like these things, it looks like banana bread at least, may be coming around (pretty sure the other 3 things are never gonna happen!)!
I only made it out of desperation, really...we had bananas going bad, and I just hated to throw them out. Again.
So I dumped all the ingredients in a bowl real quick, threw it in the oven and honestly didn't expect it to be anything great.

Surprise! Surprise!
  I actually liked it! Ironically, it still tasted like banana bread (go figure), but something about it, was just simply good! I don't know how to explain it, but it's safe to say that I will be eating more banana bread from now on!!

I hope you give it a try!!

3 medium bananas
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Place bananas in a mixing bowl, and beat until mostly smooth. Add sugar, oil and egg, and mix well.
Add remaining ingredients and mix just until moistened.

For a loaf:
Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 -70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, and the bread is dark golden brown.

For muffins:
Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Fill each cup 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, and the bread is dark, golden brown.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges of the bread to loosen from the pan.
Flip the bread out, and place on a wire rack; cover loosely with a clean dish-towel and let cool completely.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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