I love fruits...am a self-confessed fruit lover...my early affairs with fruits began when I was little...Baba made it a point to see that each of us had a fruit serving after dinner...I used to resist them a little at that time (aai's food used to make me pretty full and there was little place left in my tummy for fruits)....but after I came to Canada (and after I made my own food..haha)...there was always place in our tummies for fruits...the fact that Vancouver is blessed with lovely and fresh fruits makes it all the more convenient for me!
One of the fruits we get all year around is bananas...every time I go grocery shopping, I literally 'go bananas' when I buy bananas...more often than not, I end up with more bananas than we can eat...and once they get extra-ripe and those little black spots appear, neither N nor I want to eat them anymore...one of ways to put them into our 'want-to-eat' zone is make them into a Banana bread (don't know why they call it a bread, to me its a cake)..anywho, of all the recipes I have tried, this one works the best..the bread comes out moist, not-too-sweet (which is how N and I like it) and totally snack-a-licious!!
(Unfortunately, I don't have the source for the recipe...I got it from a book N got for me from the library when i first came to Canada..it was called either 'Healthy Canadian Eating' or 'Healthy Canadian Living'..i wrote down just the recipe at the time and have used it ever since)
1 cup mashed bananas (approx 3 overripe bananas)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup curd/yogurt
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup brown (or white) sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup white flour + 1/2 cup wheat flour (i use all 1.5 cups of the cake & pastry wheat flour and it works just fine)
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Celsius, grease the baking pan (i use the 8.5x4.5x2.5 inches loaf pan)
2. In one bowl, combine the mashed bananas, baking soda and the curd. Let it rest.
3. In another bowl, combine oil, sugar, egg and vanilla essence
4. In a third bowl, combine the flours, baking powder and salt
5. Mix the bananas mix with the oil mix and gradually add the dry flour mix. Stir till moist.
5. Transfer to the baking pan; bake for 50-60 mins...when a knife put in comes out clean, the cake is ready.
6. Cool, cut and enjoy!
The best part of baking this cake/bread is the lovely aroma that your house is filled with as the cake bakes....also, its pretty healthy..makes me feel good about what we eat...its totally worth the efforts!