Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Daniel Fast Friendly Banana Bread--Delicious!

One of the things I miss while on the Daniel fast is baking. So I thought I would try to create something I could bake that was Daniel fast friendly. I love banana bread so here is my Daniel Fast Friendly Banana Bread recipe (this is modified from Jessica Seinfeld's Banana Bread recipe in her book, Deceptively Delicious. She uses eggs, sugar, regular flour, and cauliflower puree, all of which I have substituted here):

1 & 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup date honey (see below)
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 cups banana puree (about 4 ripe bananas--see below)
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2-quart pyrex dish with oil.

2. In a bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.

3. In a mixing bowl, mix the date honey, apple sauce, banana puree, vanilla extract, and oil. Add the flour mixture and combine.

4. Pour the batter into the pyrex dish and cook until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool. Enjoy!

FYI: I can't remember if I used 1/2 cup or 1 cup of applesauce, but I think it was 1/2 cup. I'm also not sure how long I cooked it, but made sure the toothpick came out clean. This is a darker color banana bread because its whole wheat. It's very moist. For date honey, boil 8-10 Medjool dates in a saucepan covered in water until the skins loosen. Let the dates cool and remove the pits from inside the dates. Remove the skins from the dates. Puree dates in a blender with a little of the remaining boiled water until smooth (date honey comes from Kristen Feola's book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast.) For banana puree, blend 4 ripe bananas in blender until smooth. You can blend them with some of the date honey. This recipe could also use pecans, walnuts, and flax seed. It would be good with date honey or almond or peanut butter spread on top. Its also great by itself!

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