Holiday Banana Bread
½ C butter, softened
1 ½ C mashed ripe bananas (2 or 3 medium bananas)
½ C buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 C unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C Grape Nuts cereal
¼ - ½ cup Jam (Cherry, Strawberry or Rubbard)
3/4 cup of dried cranberries (Optional)
½ cup of chopped walnuts (Optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease bottom only of two loaf pans (8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches).
Mix butter and sugar in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended.
Add bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla.
Beat until smooth.
Stir in remaining ingredients (except cereal) just until moistened.
Stir in cereal. Pour/spoon into pans.
Bake about 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 5 minutes, loosen sides of loaves from pans, remove from pans.
Cool completely, wrap in foil and freeze.
Makes two loaves that taste great with honey or butter. Gives lots of good energy for the trail or the holidays (or freeze for later).
Makes a great treat for the holidays or the trail!