Friday, August 21, 2009

Granola-Topped Maple Banana Bread

Wow, it's been a little while since my last post - over a week! I don't really have a good excuse, except that anything I've made in the last week that's worth posting has already been posted, or I just didn't bother taking pictures and writing it down. Oh well, back on the wagon with a delicious banana bread.

This recipe started as simple Banana Nut Bread from the Southern Plate cookbook. But I decided to get a little creative as I was making it, and came up with a fun and delicious variation. I omitted the nuts because we don't have any (but they would have made a wonderful addition), added maple flavoring, and topped it with granola. Yummy!

Granola-Topped Maple Banana Bread
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened margarine
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. maple flavoring
3 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup granola

Cream margarine and sugar. Add remaining ingredients (except granola) and mix well. Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans. Sprinkle granola on top. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

The granola became browned and crispy, and the bread was so sweet and banana-y, with a delicate maple flavor. I'm sure glad it made two loaves, because one just wouldn't be enough!


Rebekah said...

looks good! I love the addition of the granola!!

The American Homemaker said...

yum :)

Katy ~ said...

I really like the looks of the bread's texture! And maple with anything...well you have my full attention! Interesting to combine it with bananas. I'll wager this is delicious!

Tiffaney said...

Very tasty looking :-) I have never used maple flavoring in anything, and this looks like a great recipe to try it with.

Michelle said...

See.... this is why I don't come look on here very often. You make all this yummy stuff that I can't have for another 5-7 weeks! Drat!

And a brilliant alteration to banana bread, one I will definitely be trying the second I'm allowed to have bananas, sugar, and all other things yummy.

Poltzie said...

OoOoo, this looks yummy. I like the nut free version as there are tons of nut allergies in my mom's family!


Marisa said...

Sounds delicious! I like the variations--granola would be awesome on banana bread!

~~louise~~ said...

I too relish the idea of a granola topping. It sure looks good!!!

BTW: I "grabbed" your button Stephanie to include on my blog AND, I'm giving away a recipe book. Drop by if you get a chance!!!

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