This week I’m sharing with you two of my tried and true “Food Bank” recipes that make great recipe demonstrations and that I also use in my every day life. They have to be pretty good as give them two thumbs up and I am a chocoholic! These are tasty ways to sneak a little extra fruit into your diet.
Banana Bread Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve. Feel free to add a cup of nuts to this recipe too!
Fresh Fruit Crisp
(I make this all the time with apples from our local orchard- apples last for a LONG time in the bottom drawer of the fridge!)
· 1 cup quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
· 1/2 cup brown sugar (I often use the Splenda brown sugar blend- it takes less so read the label for an equivalent)
· 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
· 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
· 1/4 cup water ( I like to substitute 100% juice of whatever kind I have on hand)
· 2 tablespoons flour
· 6 cups sliced apples, pears, or peaches
· ½ c. dried cranberries or cherries (try plumping them back up with a little fruit juice beforehand if possible)1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, butter or margarine, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and set aside.
3. Combine remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, flour, dried fruit, and water.
4. Wash and slice fruit. Add to flour/water mixture. Toss to coat.
5. Spoon fruit mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish.
6. Top with reserved oat mixture (step 2 above).
7. Bake 40-45 minutes.
This crisp will work with any of your favorite fruits- fresh, canned, or frozen. You won’t have to cook it for as long of a time period if you’re not using fresh fruit- just bake it until the fruit is soft and the crisp is “crisp”!
Sometimes if I’m in a hurry, I will cook the apples/fresh fruit splashed with juice in the microwave on high until they are soft. Then I add them to the recipe just as it says, but I just bake it until the topping is crisp as the fruit is already cooked through. It’s even better if you add ½ c. chopped walnuts or pecans to the top of the crisp before you bake it. They will get super toasty and delicious. This is great by itself or with just a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on top.