We've been going through bananas super quickly lately...so quickly that I haven't been able to grab a couple and set them aside for banana bread...but yesterday I was on the ball...two left sitting in the bowl, one slightly bruised on one side (superficial)...so I announced...I think I'll make a banana loaf this afternoon...which was met with a happy grin.
I normally make my mom's banana bread recipe, which is a pretty simple one bowl recipe. But I felt like I wanted to make something a little bit different and remembered the amazing loaf recipe from Peter Rabbit's Natural Foods Cookbook that my mom used to make every once and a while. Aren't I so lucky that I was given this cute cookbook to take with me when I left home?
Squirrel Nutkin's Banana Nut Loaf recipe calls for 3 cups of white flour, or a mixture of white, brown, oatmeal and wheat germ...I opted to mix it up a bit...
The combination of oats and wheat germ with the flour gives this loaf a great texture...you have to forgive the bulging middle (this is not a case of cakes resembling their makers) I tossed out my loaf tin before we moved to Edinburgh since the non-stick coating was coming off (nothing worse than that coming off on the bottom of a cake) and only had a silicone loaf mould at hand...which, of course, didn't stop the batter from spreading out (instead of up!)...the bulge is minimal anyway.