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Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Everyone will be surprised to hear that this bread is made with whole wheat flour and is low in fat!

Ingredients:
1/2 c. sugar (could substitute honey if you wish!)
1/3 c. applesauce
1 t. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. mashed bananas (4 large bananas)
1 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1/4 c. hot water
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
4 T dark brown sugar (optional)
1 T margarine (optional)

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2) Mash bananas with a fork until no thick pieces remain.
3) Mix together applesauce and sugar in a medium bowl.
4) Add eggs and mix until well combined.
5) Stir in bananas and vanilla.
6) Stir in flour and salt until just moistened. Do not overmix!!!
7) In a separate bowl, mix together baking soda and hot water and then add to batter.
8 ) Spread batter into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.
9) (Optional) In a separate bowl mix together brown sugar and margarine until mixture is coarse and crumbly.
10) (Optional) Spread walnuts on top of bread and sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top.
11) Bake for 55-60 minutes or until center comes out clean.
12) Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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