Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kid-Friendly Recipe of the Day

Who doesn't like banana bread? It's delicious.

Sadly, most recipes for it are no better than a birthday cake. Kara saves the day again on this one. Her multi-grain banana bread is fabulous. It is one of the things that the kids (and adults, of course) gobble up the fastest at my cooking classes.

If you don't have the flours she uses, you can make them easily with a wheat grinder or very good blender. Otherwise you can buy them at a store. If you only have one or two of them, you can just use those as well. I recommend reading Kara's blog for more information on how to substitute whole grains.
Multi-Grain Banana Bread

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup of white sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons
kefir or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

3 medium bananas

2/3 cup barley flour
2/3 cup oat flour

2/3 cup soft white wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan. Cut a 5x9 inch piece of parchment and place in the bottom of the pan.In blender place syrup, sugar and egg. Blend on low for 45 seconds. Add oil, kefir, vanilla and bananas. Blend again for 30 seconds. Place the remaining ingredients on top of mixture. Pulse until mostly combined, finish mixing with a spatula and pour into loaf pan. Bake for about 45 minutes.

Be sure to check the bread a couple times in the last 10 minutes for doneness. Press gently on the middle of the loaf, firm is done. When you remove loaf from the oven, let cool 5-10 minutes in the pan, then turn out on a wire rack and peel the parchment from the bottom.

*For a treat, I put chocolate chips or nuts or fruit in as add-ins.

**Another great way to do these, especially if different members of your family have different add-in likes, is to make the into muffins and add in whatever you want to each muffin. Simply grease or line with baking cups your muffin tin and bake them for about 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven. Keep an eye on them the first time and see what time works best for you.

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