Every few weeks, I find a bunch of bananas in my fruit basket that are just past their prime that my children will not touch. Banana bread to the rescue. Since I don’t use eggs at home I have used this base recipe and tweaked it to my liking.
Ripe or overripe bananas – 4 or 5
All purpose flour 1cup
Quick cooking oats 1 cup
Baking soda 1.5 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder to taste
Cinnamon powder to taste
Raisins a handful
Chopped walnuts 2 handfuls
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup whole milk
Baking pan greased and ready
How to make it?
Preheat oven to 375 deg F. Mix dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda) together well and set aside. Mash bananas, add butter, milk and mix well. Add cardamom powder and cinnamon and mix. To the wet ingredients slowly add dry and fold in. When the mix comes together add raisins and walnuts and mix. If using a bundt pan, throw a few walnuts at the bottom, the pour the mix in. Tap until even and bake on middle rack for 40-45 mins or until knife comes clean.
Remove from oven when done and let cool well before slicing. Works well as a snack for school or with tea or coffee.
Makes about 16 slices.
The recipe is forgiving and amenable to changes. Sometimes I use vanilla essence instead or cardamom and cinnamon. I have tried using dates in lieu of raisins. I have baked without the oatmeal upping the flour to 2 cups instead.