Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bananas + Carrots + Nuts

....oh my! This bread has all the good stuff we need in our diet, so I declare it health food. It does store well in the fridge or freezer, so make it ahead for the holidays. Spread with a little cream cheese for breakfast or lunch. Yummy!

Banana-Carrot Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
(or whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup oat bran
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 cup ripe banana, mashed
2 cups finely grated carrots
1 cup pecans, chopped

Grease and flour a loaf pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients, set aside. Combine eggs, oil, banana and mix well. Add flour mixture and stir just till moist. Add carrots and nuts. Pour into loaf pan. Sprinkle a little brown sugar and nuts over top. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

You can also bake as muffins. Grease muffin tins, fill 3/4 full. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

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Beth said...

I love banana bread. This looks fab

Peter M said...

Umm, I'd have no probs having this with coffee.

Jen said...

As ALWAYS when I read your blog, I am positively salivating! Mmmmmmm ... how I'd LOVE to have a slice of this bread right this very minute!

Lucy said...

Ooooh Linda, this has everything I love, bananas, carrots, & pecans!!! Can't get any better than this!!

OhioMom said...

Hi Beth, I like banana bread too :)

Hi Peter, I love it warmed slightly with my morning coffee.

Jen, now you know why I walk and work out every morning .. lol .. I am lucky the guys in my house eat the goodies up :)

Lucy, I love carrot cake, and wanted to incorporate bananas with carrots, this bread is really good .. a successful experiment :)

Candy said...

Oh two of my favorite ingredients. I agree definetely a health food!

Theresa said...

I like your combo of the bananas and carrots. Healthy too!!!

Jen said...

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perennialgardener said...

YUM! I love banana bread w/nuts, but I've never seen the addition of carrots in it. Sounds great. And the cream cheese is just icing on the cake or should I say bread! :)

OhioMom said...

Yes Candy, this is health food ... :)

Thanks Theresa .. the food critic said don't forget to put it in his lunch :)

Jen ... thanks :)

Racquel .. banana bread is your sis's favorite too :)

Darius T. Williams said...

bananas + carrots + nuts = my name all over it!


******* said...

Good combo. it must taste awesome :)

OhioMom said...

You and my DH both Darius :)

Maryann .. this is a keeper :)

Balisha said...


Grace said...

this should absolutely be considered health food! and that shmear of cream cheese on top? a daily dose of calcium. :)

Tasty Trends said...

this bread is soo different! it sounds great!!!

OhioMom said...

Balisha ... yes it is :)

Grace .. I like how you think, and we know calcium is necessary for our bones :)

TT .. thank you :)

shambo said...

I think your combo sounds great, similar to carrot cake but without the gooey frosting. A healthy and tasty treat!

OhioMom said...

Thanks Sue, I agree and I am so not into gooey frostings :)

ttfn300 said...

yeah, fantastic!!

OhioMom said...

TTFN .. thank you, and thanks for stopping by :)

Paula said...

I love these types of tea loaves. I've not had this combo before, but I bet it tastes just great with the bananas and carrots together. Plus, the moment you mentioned cream cheese as a topping spread ... well, I'm ready for a slice!

OhioMom said...

Hi Paula

The food critic loved this bread, in fact I don't believe he wants to share :)

Kevin said...

Both bananas and carrots! It sounds good! I like all of the nuts on top.

OhioMom said...

Kevin, the nuts and brown sugar topping add that little extra crunch :)