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I discovered four quite-ripe bananas on Saturday, and decided that it was a good time to make some banana bread. I had one recipe that uses vegetable oil, but I wanted to stay away from that. So, I looked at several different recipes, and as I am sometimes inclined to do, I combined elements and came up with my own. The bread came out very moist (definitely a requirement) and the bananas added the perfect amount of banana to it. I also like having some nuts in there… walnuts this time. And as a bonus, I was able to mix everything together with a potato masher… fun!

  • 4 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/2 cup of Melted Butter
  • 3/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon-Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1-1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using a potato masher, mash the bananas with the melted butter in a large bowl.  Mix in remaining ingredients, mashing together throughout.  Once the flour is added, a wooden spoon works a bit better to stir together.  Pour the mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan.  Bake for approximately 1 hour… a bit longer if needed.  Cool.  Enjoy!

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Blueberries
The Blueberries
Kiwis
The Kiwis
Dough
The Dough
Blueberry Kiwi Walnut Bread
The Final Product

I made two loaves (technically, one load and one square pan). One with and one without chopped walnuts. The fruits made it nice and moist. Enough so that I think I might cut back on the oil a bit next time. Anyhow, I’m very pleased with how it turned out, and it is as good as I remember it being. It’s probably been at least five years since I’ve made it. I’ve also baked it using strawberries and bananas as the fruits. Hmmm, Strawberry-Kiwi might be good, too…

  • 2 dry pints Blueberries
  • 4 Kiwis, chopped
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup Oil
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • Chopped Walnuts, optional

Beat eggs until fluffy. Add oil, sugar and berries.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix gradually into egg mixture. Add nuts, if using. Cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour, and then 10 minutes more, if needed.

Big yum.

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