Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kona Inn Banana Bread {Muffins}

This is my favorite banana bread recipe. And like many favorite recipes, it is one my mom always made, and now I always make. I almost always turn this one into muffins. I love this banana bread recipe because it is pretty much "fail proof" and if you love banana bread, this one is really really good! Plus it is perfect for kids- and my kids eat this right up.  The changes I often make, including how to make this into muffins, are noted at the end.

Kona Inn Banana Bread { +muffins}

2 cups sugar

1 cup shortening

6 ripe bananas, mashed

4 eggs, well beaten

2 ½ cups flour

1 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Baking soda

Cream together sugar and shortening. Add mashed bananas and well beaten eggs. Sift flour, salt, baking soda together and add. Blend the wet and dry ingredients. Don’t overmix. Bake in 2 well-greased and floured loaf pans at 350 for 45-50 minutes. You can add nuts, raisins, chocolate chips if desired.
For Muffins: Spray or grease muffin tins and fill with batter. For normal sized muffins, bake at 350 Degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

Other tips/changes for this recipe:

 I substitute applesauce for the shortening, and add ½ wheat flour sometimes. I also add about a cup or two of oats too. I f you don’t have enough bananas, it still works. I have made these with 4 bananas or all 6.  I usually peel and freeze the really ripe bananas and smash those up. It is best to freeze them PEELED. I have also added pineapple to this when I did not have enough bananas and it was still really good. Another substitution I have done is using flax seed meal for the eggs.  You can make these as healthy or as unhealthy as you want, and they always turn out great! If you don't want as strong of a banana flavor, use one or two less bananas. However you make these, I think they are wonderful :)


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Erica said...

You are making me really really hungry! I'm gonna have to try these :)

Amber Omer said...

Yum! I'm always on the search for an awesome banana bread recipe. Every time I think i've found "the best" I eat someone else's amazing bread and forget every other I've tried! :) I'm given this one a whirl this week! I've got bananas asking for it! lol

Carlie and Trent & Co. said...

Thanks for the recipe & tips. I will try it soon! I do have a question. If you substitute flax seed meal for the eggs, do yo replace the entirely? How much flax do you add? Thanks for the recipe!


mylittlegems said...

Carlie, When using flaxseed meal, you do use it to replace an entire egg. It should say on the bag. It is flaxseed meal that you use and you mix it with water. I took a picture of the package- in the flaxseed post. I think it is one tbsp flax seed meal to 2-3 tbsp of water but look on the package. I used it the other day with a brownie mix and substituted applesauce for the butter/oil and they were the best brownies ;)
good luck!