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Beautiful Banana Bread

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your selected pan. I usually make the small 1 lb loaves and muffins because they take less time to bake. This recipe will make 4 small loaves.

In a large bowl combine:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Make a well in the center after mixing.

In another bowl mix with an electric mixer:
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups ripe banana (about 5-6 bananas)*
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil

Add egg/banana mixture to the flour mixture all at once and stir until moistened but still lumpy. Fold in nuts if desired and spoon into prepared pans.

Bake small loaves for 30-35 minutes and muffins 15-20 minutes or until perfectly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy and share with others!

*TIP: For the banana, I am continuously putting ripe bananas (in the peels) that will not be eaten by my family into the freezer. Once I accumulate enough to make banana bread, I thaw out about 5-6 frozen bananas for about 20 minutes on the counter. Once they are not hard, I peel them easily and break up the banana pieces in chunks to allow them to thaw more. They do not have to be completely thawed before using them for this recipe. I am usually not patient enough to wait.


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