Sunday, September 23, 2012

A perfect Sunday breakfast

Or I should say "A perfect Sunday breakfast that will last for a few days", because I am making a Banana bread. A healthier version of a traditional banana bread. The recipe below is a combination of a few different recipes, that I think I got the best from. It has flax seeds in it, which are a great healthy addition because of their Omega 3 acids and dietary fiber. Banana bread is an excellent way of sneaking in a power food like flax seeds in your child's diet. This banana bread also has mostly whole wheat flour, which we all know is way healthier than super processed white flour. I also added raw sugar instead of regular sugar. The recipe below makes 2 loaves which means that you have an easy breakfast for the entire family for a few days: just pop a slice of the bread in the toaster and then spread some soft butter on top. Delicious!

Flax seed whole-wheat banana bread

1 Tbsp flax seed powder
2 Cups whole-wheat flour
1 Cup all purpose flour
1 Cup raw sugar
1/2 Cup light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 very ripe bananas 
2/3 C vegetable oil
4 eggs

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare and grease 2 loaf pans. Set aside.

Start with the flax seeds. Make sure they are fresh and smell pleasant. If the flax seed goes bad, it will have a slightly "fishy" smell. These are good 

We need to turn them into powder. You can use a spice grinder or a food processor for this purpose, but I just throw the seeds in the ziplock bag and use a meat hammer  to crush them. I only crush them partially and leave some whole for a little extra texture.

Pour the flax seed powder in a large bowl.

In the same bowl, add the remaining dry ingredients.
Both flours

Both sugars

Add in the baking soda, baking powder and salt

Mix all together

In a separate bowl break in the eggs

Pour in the vegetable oil

Mix together

Now we are going to use our VERY ripe bananas. Quite frankly, I actually HAD to make a banana bread this morning, because these bananas were on their way out. I had to use them, because I hate throwing food away.

In the third bowl, peel the bananas and  mash them with a fork.

Add the mashed bananas into your eggs and oil mixture and mix together.

And now we are ready to complete the marriage of all the ingredients.

Now I am adding the cinnamon and nutmeg only because I forgot to add in the beginning.  You're supposed to add  these spices along with the dried ingredients, but I didn't think the taste changed in any way because of what I'd done.

And mix everything again

Separate the dough evenly between the two earlier prepared loaf pans.

Put the pans into the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes.
Check if they are cooked by inserting a wooden toothpick and making sure it comes out clean. Once the banana bread is cooked, transfer it to the cooling rack and let cool.

Enjoy with some butter spread on your bread and some milk!

Wishing everybody a great week! :)

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