Banana Bread



Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Mauna Loa Dry Roasted Chopped Macadamias, toasted
  • ½ cup Mauna Loa Dry Roasted Chopped Macadamias
  • 1¼ cups Flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter, room temperature (add extra butter for buttering loaf pan)
  • 2 Eggs, large room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Apple Sauce
  • ¾ cup Bananas, very ripe, peeled and mashed (about 2-3 bananas)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Butter loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3-inch)
  3. Stir the flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together. Set aside.
  5. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, at medium speed. Gradually pour in the egg mixture and mix well.
  6. Add bananas and apple sauce (it will look somewhat curdled).
  7. With the a rubber spatula, mix in the flour mixture – do not over-mix!
  8. Fold in 2/3 cups toasted Mauna Loa Dry Roasted Chopped Macadamias. Pour into loaf pan.
  9. Sprinkle the 1/3 cup untoasted Mauna Loa Dry Roasted Chopped Macadamias, pressing in lightly into the batter. (Note: these nuts will toast while baking).
  10. Bake for 55 minutes or so (insert a toothpick into the center of the bread until it comes out clean).
  11. Cool for 5 minutes on wire rack. Serve with whipped cream cheese, if desired.
  12. When cool , wrap in plastic wrap. This moist break tastes great for many days!