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I know a lot of people have their own favorite banana bread recipe, so feel free to post yours if you want to!

Here's mine (from _1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes_ by Sue Spitler).

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

4 TB margarine, softened
1/4 C applesauce (I leave this out or add 1 TB oil instead)
2 eggs
2 TB skim milk or water
3/4 C packed light brown sugar
1 C mashed banana (2-3 medium bananas)
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Beat margarine, applesauce, eggs, milk, and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until smooth. Add banana and blend at low speed 1-2 minutes.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix into batter. Mix in walnuts. pour batter into greased loaf pan, 8x4x2 inches.

3. Bake at 350 degrees until bread is golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 55-60 minutes; remove from pan and cool to room temperature.

This is so good! Make sure your bananas are really ripe.
I got a banana bread recipe from allrecipes and I made some changes to it:

2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce (OR 1/2 cup butter OR a combination of the two that adds up to 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 beaten eggs
2-1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
1/2 cup golden raisins
a sprinkling of crushed pecans

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly frease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, eggs, banana, raisins, and pecans
3. stir banana mixture into flour mix just until moistened. Pour into loaf pan.
4. Bake in oven for 60-65 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely.

The less butter you use the less fat...but that also changes the consistency of the bread. So far, I've made it with all butter and another with all applesauce. It is tasty either way.
this may be a dumb question, but does the applesauce make the bread taste apple-y?
In the recipe I posted- no. I just made this again last night and did a half appleasauce/ half butter mix (and half wheat flour/half regular flour and the texture was great. There's so much banana in this recipe, that banana is what you taste, not apples.
I've grown to love this fatfree recipe. It's simple and it's amazingly good considering no eggs or butter is used.

Tips: If you use large bananas, incorporate 1/3 cup more flour.
All-purpose flour is suggested.

Banana Bonanza Bread

6 ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
cinammon - amount you desire!

Place peeled bananas, sugar, vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl.
Mash or mix (with mixer) these ingredients until the mixture resembles
cake batter with little banana remnants or pieces. (*NOTE* Make sure
bananas are completely mashed. There SHOULD be banana remnants or tiny
pieces of bananas in mixture!)

Next,in a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder
together. Then, add these sifted ingredients to the delicious banana
mixture! Mix until a dough consistency is reached. Pour into a 9x9 baking
dish. (*NOTE* A glass dish works wonderfully, too! Also, we've never
coated or sprayed our baking dish with cooking spray before we've added
the mixture to the baking dish, and it has turned out perfect each time!)

Sprinkle cinnamon on top of mixture if you desire! YUM! Pre-heat oven to
350 degrees. Once oven has reached 350 degrees, bake bread for 60 minutes.
mmmm, MORE bananas!! This is the most bananas I've seen in a recipe [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img], I'll have to try it!

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