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Yuletide Banana Bread Recipe

Yuletide Banana Bread Recipe

Rich but relatively fuss-free, this is no ordinary banana loaf! Regina Albright of Southaven, Mississippi fills her quick bread with macadamia nuts, raisins and coconut to create a memorable treat.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 5 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole macadamia nuts, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • 1. In a food processor or blender, process 1/2 cup macadamia nuts until ground; set aside. Chop remaining nuts; set aside. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and ground nuts; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in bananas, raisins, coconut and chopped nuts
  • 2. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 252 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.