Bran and banana bread

Back to my grandmother’s recipe box. It has been a while.

I had a few bananas I was going to loose and had made banana cookies last week. So banana bread it is! Delicious, dense, moist and very, very filling.

Also note : this recipe works better when using All Bran buds type of cereal. But I had bran flakes in the house, they need to get used at some point so I used them. But really, do as I say and not as I do and try this recipe with the bud types. Also the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips can be swapped with almost anything. Almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries, etc.

2 cups of All Bran
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas
1 cup flour
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of orange juice
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tea spoon orange zest
1 tea spoon baking soda
1 tea spoon baking powder.


1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.

2. Pour the cereals in a large mixing bowl and add the milk and orange juice. Mix and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

3. In a smaller bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.

4. Add the oil, brown sugar, bananas and eggs to the mushed cereals (if properly using the bud style, they will become a kind of paste with the milk and orange juice)

5. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until just combined.

6. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Smooth it out so it bakes evenly.

7. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

8. Allow to cool for a few minutes, remove from pan and slice.


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