My mom thinks I might do something magic with banana bread. I’ve made her swear to never make it without applesauce. 🙂 This is all it takes:
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 large ripe bananas (when they start turning brown, use them in this recipe)
- 1/3 cup shortening, margarine or butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup natural (sugar free) applesauce
Turn the oven on 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with an electric mixer. Toss in the shortening, milk and eggs, and mix very well.
Stop the mixer. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl. I pour them ontop of each other, then blend them lightly (not into the wet ingredients, but ontop of..) with a fork (this saves dirtying another bowl just to mix the dry ingredients).
Turn the mixer back on, then mix this all together for a minute or two.
Toss in the applesauce and mix it just for a second or two.
Turn the batter into a greased bread pan. I like to toss a few things ontop, like white sugar or cinnamon sugar or walnuts, then toss it into the oven for an hour.