I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Banana Pumpkin Bread

I love all the things that I can make with pumpkin.   This is so moist and wonderful.   The mixture of banana, pumpkin & spices make this bread awesome.   I like to make this bread into muffins or mini loafs.  Great with a mug of hot apple cider.



BANANA PUMPKIN BREAD
(makes 1 loaf or 24 muffins)

Ingredients:
*3 very ripe bananas, mashed
*2 large eggs, room temperature
*1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
*1 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
*1/2 cup honey
*1/2 cup granulated sugar
*2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
*1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
*3/4 cup dried cranberries
*1/4 cup chocolate chips
*1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:
~Preheat over to 350 degrees.
~Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan, muffin tins or mini loaf pans with a cooking spray.
~In a large mixing bowl, mix bananas, eggs, applesauce, pumpkin puree, honey & sugar.
~In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger & cloves together.
~Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
~Fold in cranberries, chocolate chips & walnuts.
~Pour mixture into prepared pans.
~Bake the large loaf pan for 40-45 minutes.  Bake the mini loaf pans for 25-30 minutes.  Bake the muffins for 18-22 minutes.  Toothpick should come out clean when inserted into bread.
~If using the large loaf pan, cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.  If using a mini loaf pan, let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.  If using muffin pan, remove after sitting for 2-3 minutes (I usually will use paper liners & spray them for the muffin pans.   Those you can remove immediately after removing from the oven).

Variation:
`substitute dried cranberries with raisins.
`substitute dried cranberries with dried blueberries.
`substitute chocolate chips with butterscotch chips.
`omit dried cranberries, nuts or chocolate chips or all if you want.


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