Thursday, February 19, 2015

Banana Pecan Bread and Mace Recipe

Yesterday we talked about this recipe and one of its unusual ingredients. It is one of my favorite banana bread because it has a ton of pecans. Pecans are naturally high in fat, but they are naturally high in "good fats" like monounsaturated (44% of the fat in pecans) and polyunsaturated fats (24% of the fat in pecans). If you like pecans, you will love this Banana Pecan Bread.

Homemade Banana Pecan Bread Recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/4 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
3 ripe bananas, mashed (~1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup light sour cream
2 large eggs
6 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Recipe adapted from Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Combine dry ingredients in a  large mixing bowl. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans.

In a mixer, mix wet ingredients. Combine banana, sour cream, eggs, butter, and vanilla. 
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. 
Spread batter in one greased loaf pan. Bake at 350*F for 45-55 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

I love a make-ahead breakfast. I feel like making your breakfast ahead or having a quick breakfast is a huge time saver in the morning. Breakfast is my favorite way to start the day. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

If you allergic or do not like nuts, omit them from the recipe. This recipe is fairly high in sugar, so feel free to adjust the sugar to your liking. This recipe also has a fair amount of butter, which is a source of saturated fat. I would enjoy this recipe in moderation with a balance of a healthy lifestyle including physical activity. 

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