Mom's Best Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄4 cups mashed bananas (4 to 5 Medium bananas)
  • 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2⁄3 cup sugar (or Splenda, whatever you like)
  • 2 eggs, separated (Large or Medium)
  • 1 1⁄2 ounces milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts (optional) or 1⁄4 cup pecans (optional)

Instructions

1 _ Cream together butter, sugar, & egg yolks until creamy.

2 _ Sift dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg). Alternately add the dry mixture to the creamed butter mixture as well as the milk & mashed bananas. Beat the egg whites until a stiff peak forms and fold in with a wooden spoon, (make sure you only use a wooden spoon to do this - this is KEY), next - fold in the chopped nuts also stir in with the wooden spoon.

3 _ Bake in a loaf pan that you have sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray and dusted lightly with flour at 350° for approximately 45 minutes - insert a toothpick in the center of the loaf to ensure it is not runny, if it is - allow to bake an additional 5-10 minutes.

4 _ Cool on a wire rack and serve with cream cheese or your favorite margarine.


Note: I love to wait a day and then toast a piece in my toaster oven - it is SO good when it gets re-heated and toasty with butter on it and a cup of coffee - YUM!

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