carrot banana bread
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
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.