Jamie says: Dad absolutely loves homemade banana bread. I really surprised Dad this morning by singing happy birthday to him while I held a mini loaf of banana bread with a candle in it. (His birthday isn’t for another 3 weeks.) The bread was warm and delicious- definitely a repeater.
I modified a banana bread recipe I found from the Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/banana-bread-with-pecans-recipe/index.html). I used 1 stick of butter (equivalent to 1/2 cup butter) and 1/4 cup of Mott’s Apple Sauce (instead of the recommended total of 3/4 cup of butter). I also used 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (instead of pecans). I omitted the confectioners’ sugar and added 1/4 cup Craisins. I put some of the mix in a mini loaf pan and the rest in a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan. I baked the mini loaf for about 35 minutes, and the big loaf for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. (I would try the recommended 1 hour and 15 minutes next time). We all enjoyed the mini loaf this morning. I put the big loaf in the freezer so that Dad can think of me and enjoy the banana bread on his real birthday.
Nutrition note: To reduce the fat and calories in a recipe, you can substitute apple sauce for butter. It’s still moist and flavorful, too!