Banana Carrot Loaf

I know that we all are familiar with the popular Banana Bread. It has been around for a few centuries now and became extremely popular in the 1960’s. Now, 60 years later, this sweet bread is still popular and it is not going anywhere, probably ever. Why? Mainly, because of its popularity, but also, it is simply easy and quick to make, which is why it will be around forever.

Well, I wanted to shake up the fruit cart a little and decided to get a little more creative with this recipe. I know some people add chocolate chips, nuts or maybe another fruit to their banana bread but I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to add a special spin to just Good Ole’ plain Banana Bread with maybe a few predictable add -ins. Here’s a hint for you. It entails a fruit and a vegetable baked in a pan.

Banana Carrot Loaf

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Madison Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

  • 1 cup grated carrots

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar with a hand whisk or an electric mixer.
  • Add in the room temperature eggs, sour cream, mashed banana, grated carrots, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt. Be sure to not over mix.
  • Spread the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Check with a toothpick.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Add more or less mashed banana according to your taste.

So, I won’t keep you guessing much longer and I believe that you will definitely bake this one, let’s meet the Banana Carrot Loaf. Yes, carrots and bananas together in one loaf pan. You will really like this one. This loaf was fun to make because carrots tend to be sweet to me anyway. I grated them for this recipe. I think you might just agree with me, once you bake it for yourself, that they formed the Perfect Union together. The bananas didn’t overpower the carrots and vice versa. They got along perfectly in sync with each other. The main reason, my relationship with food is always on point. Easy, Simple and Harmonious. Just the way I like it. 

This loaf was moist and I had to have a second helping. If you’re wondering what made this loaf so moist, I’d be happy to share this secret with you. Sour Cream. In fact, Sour Cream can be used in a lot of recipes and especially cakes to keep them from tasting dry. No one likes eating dry food, especially a baked good. So, next time, when you are baking a cake or a sweet treat, experiment a little with sour cream. Your friends and family will truly Thank You.

Using my electric mixer, I creamed together the butter and sugar first. Then, I added the eggs. Make certain that your butter and eggs are room temperature. Then, I just kept adding all of the other ingredients: the sour cream, mashed banana, grated carrots, cinnamon and nutmeg.  After all of these were mixed nicely in the bowl, I folded in the flour, a pinch of salt and baking powder. I used a loaf pan and spread the batter in the pan and baked this loaf in my pre-heated oven for about 50 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here’s another tip for you.  You will know your baked good is ready if you stick a toothpick in the center of it and it comes out clean. Remove it from the oven and let it cool before serving it. And, my last tip for you is Easy, Simple and Harmonious-Enjoy and Share!

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