Banana Spice Bread

It is so hard for me to believe that September and Fall are just around the corner!  But the cooler weather we’ve been experiencing in the mornings lately lets me know that Fall really is coming.  It’s been so nice to be able to open the windows and doors each morning and let in those cool breezes.   With Fall and cooler weather comes my desire to enjoy the kitchen aromas that come with the season…pumpkin; cinnamon; apples; cloves.  Mmmm, I can smell them already!

Today was the day that I needed to work with my Amish Friendship Bread starter, so I decided to try a spice bread to help create the Autumn mood in my kitchen.  I was inspired by Lisa over at   http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/    who recently posted a recipe for Banana Gingerbread.  I thought that I could adapt her recipe for one using Amish Friendship Bread starter.  It worked very well!  Don’t worry if you are not working with AFB starter.  You can easily substitute 3/4 c. buttermilk for the starter!

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. molasses

1/4 c. honey

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 c. AFB starter (or 3/4 c. buttermilk)

1/4 c. oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. whole wheat flour

1 c. all purpose flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Grease one 9×5 loaf pan.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, molasses, honey, starter, bananas, oil, and vanilla.  Mix well.  In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Stir to mix.  Pour the dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet ingredients.  Stir until just combined.  Pour into loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool before slicing.  Serve with butter or spread with cream cheese.

*Optional–3/4 c. chopped nuts or raisins or both would taste great in this!

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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