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carrot banana bread

October 24, 2010

This might sound weird, but there is something really relaxing about Saturday mornings when you have company for the weekend.  I feel like it breaks up my usual weekend morning of checking email, getting organized, etc and all I have to focus on is having a good conversation over coffee and making breakfast.  I had a particularly wonderful Saturday morning last weekend when G’s parents came to visit.  They went out early for a walk, and by the time they got back I had a loaf of carrot banana bread baking in the oven (and some coffee in the french press).

This is a really easy bread to make, and especially great if you have extra carrots to use up.  Usually it’s just carrot bread, but I had an extra over-ripe banana so I thought I’d throw it in and voila…excellent idea!  It’s a great bread for making Saturday morning because it makes your house smell delicious and you can keep munching on it all day.  The only downside is that it takes an hour plus in the oven.  Definitely try it toasted with butter, but it’s good plain too.

carrot banana bread


2 cups flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

5 tablespoons sugar

1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup oats

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated carrots

1 banana, the more ripe the better

1/4-1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

a handful or two of almonds


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan with butter or Pam spray.

Mix the flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the oats.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and vanilla.  Add in the banana.  Then add the egg, vanilla, banana mixture to the dry ingredients mixture.  Gently mix in the carrots.  The mixture might be a little dry so slowly add in the oil until it is a wet enough consistency.  Finally mix in the almonds.

Put mixture in loaf pan and cook for about an hour and 15 minutes.  Definitely check at the 1 hour mark.  The loaf will be done when you test it with a toothpick and it comes out clean.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. terry permalink
    October 25, 2010 6:13 am

    Did I tell you how much we enjoyed it-the coffee, bread and company? Warmth on all levels! I can still smell the kitchen. Thanks.

    • October 25, 2010 4:51 pm

      It was so nice to have you guys here. More cooking to come in a few weeks!!

  2. Happetta permalink
    October 26, 2010 7:36 am

    I agree … Saturday morning visits. One of the best things on earth, and with fresh baked bread, all the better. It makes me smile to know you had a good time with G’s parients. If they came to visit me, I would make them your bread. It sounds delish.

  3. October 26, 2010 4:08 pm

    Do you have tips on making biscuits? Your unbelievable banana bread reminded me of a childhood memories of hot biscuits on Saturday morning. My brothers,and I and dad, Big G, would come in from shovelling snow to grammie’s hot tea and oven hot biscuits. They were unbelieveable with jam, maple syrup, molasses,butter, bacon, almost anything you would put on them. I’d like to make them this winter.
    G’s dad L

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