Thursday, January 20, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Raspberry-Banana Bread

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I've been participating in the Clean Out the Cupboards Challenge this month (please join us!), so I've been featuring recipes that I've made from various ingredients I've found around the house and wanted to use up.  Two weeks ago, I showed my appetizers from the cupboard, and last week, my black bottom cupcakes.

This week, I wanted to use up some fruit that I had in the freezer.  For one, I have lots of frozen bananas.  I buy bananas at ALDI (at 39¢ per pound, the price just can't be beat!), but sometimes I buy too many.  When they start to go brown, I throw them in the freezer, peels and all.  Once defrosted and peeled, the insides are nice and mushy, perfect for banana bread and other recipes.

The other ingredient I wanted to use up were some frozen organic raspberries I bought on sale last year with coupons.  (And people say you can't buy healthy food with coupons!  It is definitely possible.)  I combined the two with some whole wheat flour to make a fairly healthy whole-wheat raspberry-banana bread.

Note: if you buy the raspberries at full price, this is *not* a frugal recipe!  If you don't have a cheap source of raspberries, substitute.  You could try a different frozen or fresh fruit (strawberries or blueberries would work nice), chocolate chips, or nuts.  See what you have in your cupboards and experiment!

(based on a recipe from

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 bananas, mashed
1 10-oz package frozen raspberries, thawed and drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the eggs, oil, sugar, and bananas.  Mix with an electric mixer until well combined and smooth.

Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, mixing with a spoon until the dry ingredients are moist.  Fold in the raspberries.  Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Bake for 60 minutes, then cover with a piece of aluminum foil.  Bake another 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the loaf comes out clean.

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☺lani☺ January 20, 2011 at 8:57 AM  

Joining for the first time with my sauteed noodles mixed with anything available in the kitchen. Have a nice day! I love this cake by the way :)

Karen @ Abundance on a Dime January 20, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

It's my first week linking up with you, too. Your banana bread looks delicious. I'm hoping the raspberry canes I planted a couple of years ago will start yielding enough for me to have a supply for things like this in a year or two!

One of my boys is "banana man" so unlike many households, bananas rarely have time to spoil around here :) I buy overripe bananas off the discount rack really cheap and freeze them the same way you do to use in baking.

Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free January 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

This morning I'm contributing Turkey Breast for the Crockpot, not only because it is so easy, but also because it's really frugal! If you watch for specials during the holidays to put some extra turkey breasts in your freezer, you can have turkey breast with the traditional trimmings, or turkey breast as an easy entree for guests, or turkey breast sliced for sandwiches or salads (and that'll be especially frugal compared to deli meats!), or turkey for appetizers throughout the year.

It's also very adaptable for many allergy issues, too (more detail in the recipe on that).

Thanks -
Elegantly, Gluten-Free

Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) January 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

Hi! I am sharing my recipe for Meyer Lemon Cookies. If Meyer Lemons are too expensive, this can be made with regular lemons. It would also be great using limes or oranges.
Thanks for hosting!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} January 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

That looks and sounds great! You're very creative to make stuff that you already have in your pantry or freezer! I am definitely a planner when it comes to making anything! lol

Miz Helen January 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM  

Your Raspberry Banana Bread looks delicious, I can't wait to try it.Thank you for sharing it and thank you for hosting Frugal Food Thursday. I am so happy that you came to Full Plate Thursday and sure hope you will come back!

a moderate life January 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM  

Hi Laura! I realized that if you cook something BIG even if it costs a bit more money, you will have tons for left overs and that makes it much more frugal! I made my first ever roast and I was surprised to see how I could stretch it to 3 meals! The bittman pork loin was awesome! All the best, Alex

Run DMT January 21, 2011 at 6:31 AM  

That looks and sounds so yummy. I love banana bread. I never freeze my bananas. I need to try that.

I have a favor to ask of you. Can you add my link to your list? My SIL and I host a Friday Food Fight every Friday. I would love it you would link up and play along and add my blog to your list of links. THANK YOU!

Sunshinelene January 22, 2011 at 6:34 AM  

i love to eat banana bread or any healthy-made breads. but i can't cooke because i don't have an oven. maybe i will start working it out in a wish list..but anyway, thanks for dropping at Food Trip. you may join us next time.

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Mariuca January 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM  

Banana raspberry bread sounds and looks totally delish oh my, what a yummy early morning treat for me! :D

Amelia@SavoryandSweet January 24, 2011 at 8:26 PM  

I love banana bread and adding raspberries sounds delicious!! Thanks for the recipe. :)

Heather S-G January 25, 2011 at 8:07 AM  

I don't think I've ever had bananas and raspberries together...I'm intrigued. Great way to use things up, looks moist and sounds tasty. Thanks so much for sharing this w/ the hearth and soul hop this week :D

April J Harris January 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

Your raspberry banana bread sounds lovely - and I like that with the frozen raspberries you can make it all year round!

Lisa January 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM  

Great way to add some fruit to make it a little healthier. sounds yummy!

Unknown January 26, 2011 at 9:51 PM  

what a great recipe...bananas and raspberries sounds so delicious! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

HaleyLeann January 27, 2011 at 6:11 PM  

I {heart} quick breads...especially the ones containing fruit! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

Bylandersea January 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

I adore anything with raspberries, so this twist on banana bread sounds terrific.

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