The Best Banana Bread

I love to bake and  a favorite of my family’s is banana bread.  When I go to buy bananas if I am planning banana bread I actually have to buy 20-30 bananas at a time because  they go fast at my house.  So does  the bread.  Also  because I have picky eaters I always make at least a double batch,  one plain and one chocolate chip (My oldest daughter doesn’t like brown chocolate of any kind – I have no idea where she gets that but  because she doesn’t really have a sweet tooth either I am thankful for it)

Today I made  a triple batch  so I could slice and freeze  some for lunches next week.   Each recipe will make one VERY large loaf – you will need a large loaf pan if you choose to go this way or a full 9×13 pan.   My triple batch made 3 loaves and 1 9×13 pan.  Here’s the recipe:

The Best Banana Bread Ever.  Seriously.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup ground/milled golden flax seed

1/3 cup oat bran

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas

For a different variation  I add shredded carrots, coconut and dried cranberries.  About 2/3 cup of each. Or as much as you like.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour  a large loaf pan or a 9×13 cake pan

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, oat bran, flax seed and salt.

In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes (if using the loaf pan around 50 minutes if using the 9×13, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then take it out of the pan and cool on a wire rack.

Before I had kids I didn’t add the oat bran  or the flax seed but I think it really adds to the flavor  and nutrition.  And honestly if you don’t tell people  it’s in there they won’t notice.  My 15 year old niece loves it and doesn’t know it’s “healthy”.  The amount of sugar is relatively low too.  There is enough sweetness from the bananas that you don’t really need to add a  lot.

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