Monkey Business

Yes, I buy too many bananas at one time to consume before they start to brown.
This morning I was also thinking about the applesauce that my parents left in the fridge the week of my surgery.
Quick breads have not been my forte, but I decided to try once more.  I turned on the toaster oven for mini muffins and the regular oven for mini loaves. Both turned out well:neither were wet in the middle nor burnt on the outsides.
 
Applesauce, Banana, & Chopped Date Quick Breads
 
1/2 c + 1 T sugar
3 T butter, softened
3 T applesauce
1 large egg
2 medium bananas, mashed
1/4 c milk
1/2 t vanilla
1 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c whole wheat flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/3 c chopped dates, if desired
 
Preheat the oven to 350* F and grease bottoms only of 2 mini loaf pans.
Preheat the toaster oven to 400* F and grease bottoms only of 1 mini muffin pan.
 
Combine Sugar, butter, applesauce, egg, mashed bananas, milk, and vanilla in a medium-sized mixing bowl ( I used a hand blender). In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until just moistened. Add the chopped dates.
 
Pour 1 c of batter into each of the mini loaf pans.  Spoon 1 T batter into each of the mini muffin pan thing-a-ma-bobs.  Place in ovens.
The mini muffins should be done in 10-12 minutes.  The mini loaves took 40 minutes in my regular-sized electric oven.
 
Cool in pan on rack for 5 (?) minutes. Use back edge of a table knife to loosen the edges before turning the muffins and loaves out on rack to finish cooling.  Cool completely before wrapping if you plan on freezing them.  Otherwise, they are rather tasty warm, even without butter!
 
 
 
 
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