Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Baby's Banana Bread - No Eggs No Oil No Sugar

Baby Banana Bread - No Egg, No Oil, No Sugar - All Moistness and Flavour!
I've wanted to make lil T his own baked goods where I didn't have to worry about the ingredients.  He's had baked goods outside the house.  His daycare offers him homemade baked goods and in a pinch, outside he may get a slice of Banana Bread or Croissant.  If I had it my way, he would only eat baked goods I could be sure what went into it.  I can't obviously but I can try to insure that the bulk of what he eats meets that aspiration.

I do not have an issue with Eggs but I forgot to buy them when I went shopping so I thought I'd give it a go.  It was a tad dense but with the Bananas, it was still very moist and lil T loved it.  He ate his slice for breakfast and went after D's and when I woke up an hour later (weekends, I sleep in) he grabbed a chunk of mine.  It was very tastey even for grown ups.

Baby's Banana Bread

3 very very ripe Bananas, approximately 2 c mashed
1 T Unsweetened Coconut flakes
1 t Salt
1 1/4 c Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 c Organic Instant Oatmeal (I may up the Oatmeal next time)
1 T Honey (optional)
1 t Cinnamon
1/2 t fresh Nutmeg
1/2 t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
1/4-1/2 c Water

Preheat the Oven to 325

Lightly Oil a regular loaf pan but if you're confident on your non-stick, you may not need it at all.  We have quite nice Cafalon and they still stick.

In a large bowl, mash the Bananas.  Add the Salt, Coconut, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Honey.  Mix thoroughly.  In a small bowl, mix the Flour, Baking Powder and Oatmeal with a fork.  In a small prep bowl, add 1/4 c Water and the Baking Soda, stir. 

Add the Dry to the Wets and mix with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula a handful of turns.   This will be a very stiff batter, softer than Bread dough but stiffer than Muffin batter.  If it is too dry add a couple of T of Water.  Do not over mix though because you don't want a  tough bread and since there are no Eggs or Oil, you risk that.

Place the dough into the pan and press out to the corners.  Bake for 40-45 minutes in the middle of the oven.

Baby Carrot Cake and Zucchini Bread is next.


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