Fruit bread is one of my favorite quick bread recipes, because it is easy to modify and get creative based on the season or your mood! It is a great way to clean out your fridge too, if you've got apples, carrots, and bananas past their prime, here's a way to get rid of them without the trash can. Fruit bread is a great snack, breakfast, or dessert, because it is packed with potassium, vitamins A-B-C, and iron. Kids love it, they think it's a treat, bonus!! I hope you enjoy this as much as my family & I do!
1/4 cup butter (margarine or vegetable oil)
1/2 cup honey (I have used blue agave in a pinch)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup carrots or any kind apples (I use both half & half), grated
2 small bananas, mashed
2/3 cup self-rising flour
1 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
1/2 cup raisins, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, dried cherries, walnuts, pecans, etc
1 tsp cinnamon, apple/pumpkin pie spice, etc
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream butter with honey in a mixing bowl. Gradually beat in egg. Mix in the carrots/apples, bananas, and flour; add optional ingredients and zest. Add a little extra flour, if necessary, until spoon stands upright in mixture.
Spread mixture into greased 9" loaf pan. Bake until golden brown, about 45-50 min. (toothpick test)
Cool completely, and serve. Top with spreads to jazz it up even more if you would like.
You can also bake it in square cake pan, round cake pan, or mini muffin pan. Store in an airtight container on counter for upto 4 days.
154 calories, fat 5.3g, choles 30.7mg, sodium 44.5mg, potassium 131.9mg, total carbs 26.6g, protein 1.8g.
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