Somebody got down ‘n dirty in the kitchen last night!!
I’ve had the urge to do some baking all week long, and last night I finally had the opportunity to park myself in the kitchen and get to work. I had two ingredients that had to be used: bananas (‘cuz they’re nice ‘n ripe!) and pumpkin (because…well…do you ever need a reason to bake with pumpkin?)
After doing a little research throughout blogland, I came across a winning recipe, courtesy of Angela @ Oh She Glows. This girl has always got some amazing looking goods up there, so I knew I was going to be in for a treat!
I made a couple substitutions to her original recipe, which I’ll show in the recipe below, but one of them was a new adventure for me.
You may remember a couple months back, NuNaturals contacted me, asking if I’d be interested in trying out some of their products. “Ummm, YES PLEASE!” I actually forgot that I had them all up until a couple days ago, so I decided to test out the Stevia Baking Blend.
The Stevia Baking Blend can simply be substituted for an equal amount of the sugar called for in a recipe. It seemed easy enough, so I decided to give it a whirl.
Getting ready to go into the oven…Mmmmm.
Aaaaand fresh outta the oven!
Honey Raisin Banana Pumpkin Bread
Adapted from Angela’s recipe which can be found here.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used unsweetened applesauce)
- 1 1/3 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup white sugar (I used Stevia Baking Blend)
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour (I used 1 cup all purpose + .5 cup whole wheat)
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 3/4 cup raisins
1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. Mash bananas and stir in eggs, applesauce, pumpkin, honey, and Stevia Baking Blend (or sugar). In a seperate bowl mix together flour, oats, baking soda + powder, salt, spices. Add dry into wet mixture and stir until just combined. Add raisins.
3. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 55 mins or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. ENJOY!
Side Note: Does anyone know why my bread always bakes with that extra “lip” hanging over?????
The flavor of this bread is absolutely amazing. The subtle hint of banana layered on top of the pumpkin, with just the slightest sweetness of honey…I die.
The texture of the bread is pretty dense, and I actually ended up cooking it about 20 minutes longer than the original recipe. It appeared to be done on top, but once I sliced into it, I realized it was still pretty doughy.
Although in my book, that really is not a problem. I’ll take a little doughy over dry any day.
I have a feeling this loaf is going to be trouble… I couldn’t help but dig into it first thing this morning for breakfast!
I cut myself a nice big hunk, heated it in the micro for about 15 seconds, and topped it off with a little I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light. (The picture makes it look like I really went wild with it on there, but it’s probably only about 1/2 tsp?)
Along with a ‘naner,
And a mug of Pumpkin Spice coffee. My life is now complete.
I think I could get used to this kinda breakfast! It certainly helps make up for the wicked weather we’re having today…talk about just wanting to curl up in your sweats!
Question for the Morning:
What’s the best recipe you’ve made lately?