Banana Bread

Rice Cooker Banana BreadWith the weather finally cooling down, I’ve resumed pushing myself to start running again, and with that, trying to eat healthier, more nutritious meals. Unfortunately for me, my friends happen to have some of the best sugary recipes to go along with their fantastic cooking skills.

A few days ago my friend Lauren brought over a batch of chocolate chip banana bread she made and boy was it good. So good in fact, I just had to whip up some more. Instead of waiting for the oven to heat up and searching for my bread pans, I decided to take the low maintenance route and use my rice cooker. Roughly an hour later I had warm, moist banana bread all to myself.

Feel free to add any nuts, fruit, or candy pieces you’d like to jazz up your banana bread. In this recipe I ended up swapping the chocolate chips for walnuts. That makes it sort of healthy, right?

Ingredients
1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 large bananas
⅓ cup butter, softened
¼ cup milk
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts (or any other add in)
cooking oil
Optional: powdered sugar

Directions
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

Put the bananas in a large freezer bag and mash with hands until there are no more lumps. Cut a hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze the mashed bananas into your mixing bowl. Add the butter, milk, egg, and vanilla extract and mix until the batter is smooth. Fold in walnuts and put bowl aside.

Using a paper towel to spread, coat the inner pot of your Rice Cooker with cooking oil to prevent the bread from sticking. Pour the batter into the pot, select the Cake function and set for 60 minutes. If your rice cooker doesn’t have a Cake function, simply select White Rice or Cook. Using this method may require multiple cycles for the bread to cook thoroughly.

Once your rice cooker switches to its Keep Warm setting, check to see if the cooking is complete. Invert the banana bread onto a plate, top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar if desired, and enjoy while warm.

Over to You
What’s your version of banana bread? Share and inspire us!

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