Banana Raisin Bread is a favourite in my family. So, today’s theme seems to be bananas, as I find I have been using banana as a main ingredient for some recipes lately. I have already posted a drink with green fig (banana) and one on green fig pie, now I have another. This time it is a loaf made with mashed ripe banana. This quick bread is perfect for dinner; it also makes a good dessert. This banana raisin bread recipe can make two small loaves (as seen below) or one large loaf.
When I think of banana bread, I normally always have a couple of overripe bananas. And if I am in the mood as well I would gladly make this bread. Most times, I have to consider if I want a plain banana bread and a special banana bread. One takes a little long to make make than the other. So, if my time is limited, and I have a lot of things to do at them moment, I would opt for the plain banana bread. This bread is simple, much like the one here. This one is the simple banana bread.
What is the special banana bread you ask? Well, you already know it will take a little time to prepare. An additional ingredient would have to be prepared and added to the bread. It could be coconut, chocolate, nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, or pecans), it could also mean a number of changes done to the gluten content of the flour. You see, the coconut would have to be grated, the chocolate or the nuts chopped, and the flour have to be carefully measured. This is not the banana bread I am making here. Though I do have these recipes in this website. You can refer to the links at the bottom of the page.
Anyway, this banana raisin bread is the simple one. I don’t have the time to do the extras, I just just want a tasty bread for dinner. As usual, the bread will contain some amount of wheat. Wheat helps give the bread a wonderful texture, where it is not too soft, I don’t like banana bread that is too soft and excessively moist. This one is in the middle. It is neither dry or too moist. The raisins help banana and raisins help sweet it, as it does not contain much sugar.
However you can remove the sugar from the recipe entirely and add an extra half cup of chopped raisins. You will not miss the processed sugar at all. As I said, the bananas can also be used to sweeten the bread. Just use very ripe bananas, no additional raisins would be needed. The bread would be just perfect!
Banana Raisin Bread Recipe
You do not need a cake mixer to prepare this recipe. It can be done by hand. Prepare all the ingredients in advance and them follow the direction. Here is the recipe.
Banana Raisin Bread
1½ cups sifted flour
½ cups wholewheat flour
1/3 to 2/3 cups sugar (can be optional)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
2 eggs beaten
1 cup raisins
2 tbsp. evaporated milk
¾ cups mashed banana
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1 tsp. ginger powder
Beat the eggs with a fork. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla essence and oil.
Mash the bananas with a fork. Add the mash bananas to the egg, oil, and milk mixture.
Sift the dry ingredients together.
Pour the liquid mixture into the flour and mix well.
Mix in the raisins.
Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350° F for about 1 hour or until it is brown.
This banana bread really tasted delicious, of course I could have eaten one by myself but….. I wouldn’t do that. 😉