When Life Freckles Your Bananas...

I have this very optimistic attitude when buying bananas. I always go for a big bunch without the bruises. Then then they sit in my fruit bowl waiting patiently to be peeled and enjoyed. Well, I usually can't keep up with their rapidly aging lifespan. Solution, turn it into BANANA BREAD (muffins.) Duh. 

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I make this A LOT. Even though it has bananas it it, this treat is probably not very healthy :( I went hunting for a healthy version and found a decent one which i tweaked. This actually is guilt free (by this I mean a slice has about the same calories as a banana itself = best of both worlds) 

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  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Here are some optional additions: chocolate chips, blueberries, or walnuts (and yes, I have tried all 3!)
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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray that bread pan with non-stick cooking spray (ohhh pam!) 
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy (arm workout?) Beat in bananas, applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture, mixing just until blended. Insert additions here! Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake until golden and a toothpick/knife inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour (great hour to do your laundry!) Turn bread out onto a wire rack (don't freak if you don't have one) and let cool! 

-You can make muffins (above) instead of bread. Just don't forget that the baking time will be shorter, about 20 minutes. 

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