Banana-Zucchini Bread

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If you imagined what Banana-Zucchini Bread would be like, you’d probably guess that it would be moist, because it has both zucchini and bananas in it, after all. And you would be right–about this recipe, anyway. It has the perfect moist texture–not overly moist, but just right. And the bread rises so nicely. I was afraid it might sink in the middle like some other moist quick breads I’ve made before, but not this one! It has a nice loaf shape with a rounded top and makes two 8 x 4″ loaves. If you use 9 x 5″ loaf pans, the bread will be thinner and baking time may be a little shorter. But I think this recipe work best with the 8 x 4″ size pans, so keep that in mind if you try this. It’s a great end-of-summer bread that puts both your garden zucchini and ripe bananas to great use!

BANANA-ZUCCHINI BREAD by NancyC

Makes two 8 x 4″ loaves

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup non-GMO canola oil or light olive oil
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour two 8 x 4″ loaf pans; set aside.

In large bowl, beat eggs, then blend in sugars and oil. Add bananas and vanilla extract and blend well.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir into egg/sugar/oil mixture. Add shredded zucchini and nuts, if using, and and stir just until combined.

Pour into 2 greased 8 x 4″ loaf pans and bake at 350˚F for 48 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely (you may have to loosen the edges of the loaf just a little with a knife, and then the bread comes out very easily from the pan).

Some other really good zucchini breads I recommend are: Zucchini Spice Bread, Lemon-Zucchini Loaf with Lemon Glaze, and Carrot-Zucchini Bread.

Are you growing zucchini in your garden this year? What kinds of recipes do you like to make with it?

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Deviled Egg Potato Salad

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Two of my favorite summer foods are deviled eggs and potato salad. So why not put them together? I decided to try that out, and found that this Deviled Egg Potato Salad is soooo good! The deviled egg mixture is so yummy with a sprinkling of paprika on top and the potato salad is a creamy mustard-style salad that goes perfectly with the taste of the deviled eggs on top. And there are some eggs mixed into the potato salad too, giving you lots of delicious deviled egg flavor.

justMayoI tried a new mayonnaise in this recipe which was really good–JUST MAYO from Hampton Creek, a company on a mission to make healthier food affordable. This mayonnaise is made with healthy ingredients like non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil, filtered water, lemon juice, white vinegar, and a touch of organic sugar, pea protein, and spices. So it’s great for people with soy and egg allergies, since it’s egg-free. But you’d never know–it has such a rich taste and creamy texture. And of course it is cholesterol-free too. This mayo also comes in several savory flavors: Chipotle, Sriracha, and Garlic. You can visit the Hampton Creek site to find where it’s available at stores near you.

I’m having a giveaway which includes samples of Hampton Creek Just Mayo, Just Mayo Sriracha, and Just Mayo Garlic, plus a handy little hat with the Hampton Creek logo on it. See the end of the post for details on the giveaway!

Going back to the Deviled Egg Potato Salad, this would be a great dish to make over Labor Day weekend, especially if you are planning on having a potluck or picnic! This dish is definitely not cholesterol-free like the Just Mayo is, but at least this mayo doesn’t add any additional cholesterol, for those of you who have to watch that. And if you just want to make a basic egg-free potato salad, follow the directions for the POTATO SALAD part of this recipe, leaving the hard-boiled eggs out.

DEVILED EGG POTATO SALAD by NancyC, adapted from CDKitchen

Makes about 10 servings

EGGS:

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled (you will need a total of 9 hard-boiled eggs; see the rest of the recipe below)
  • 1 teaspoon minced dill pickle (or you can substitute sweet pickles)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 dash salt

POTATO SALAD:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded or finely chopped dill pickles (or you can substitute sweet pickles)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 cups boiled potatoes (peeled or unpeeled) and cubed
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon paprika

Cut 6 of the 9 boiled eggs in half; remove yolk (save the other 3 eggs for the potato salad mixture). Place yolks in medium bowl and mix with pickles, mustards, mayonnaise, and salt; stuff the 6 eggs with the yolk mixture and set aside.

In large bowl, blend the onion, mustards, salt, pickles, pickle juice, and mayonnaise. Then stir in the cubed boiled potatoes, and add in the remaining 3 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped, last.

Spoon mixture into large serving bowl (or keep in your large mixing bowl if you want to serve the salad from that). Top with paprika, sprinkling evenly over the salad, and arrange deviled eggs around the top of the salad in a circle for garnish (you can top the deviled eggs with a little paprika too, if you want).

ncmayogiveawyGIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED–Congratulations to Cheri, who made comment #8, which was chosen randomly as the winner!

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY: If you’d like to win three (8-ounce) containers of JUST MAYO (one each of Regular, Garlic, and Sriracha flavors) plus a black cap with the Hampton Creek logo, leave a comment on this blog post between now and Wednesday evening, August 27, at 8 p.m. (CST). The random drawing will be made from the comments on this post only! The winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced later on Wednesday evening, August 27 on this post. Winner will be notified via email (if winner does not respond in 3 days, I’ll do another drawing). Giveaway is limited to readers in the Continental U.S. and Canada.

First Entry: Leave a comment on this post–it would be great to hear if you are a deviled egg or potato salad fan!

One Bonus Entry: If you are a new or existing follower or subscriber, you may leave one extra comment telling me the way (or ways) you follow.

Note: if your comment doesn’t show up right away, it just means I haven’t had a chance to approve your comment yet–I approve all comments because of spam comments that sometimes come through!

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