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Paradise Banana Bread

Categories: Comfort Foods, Kid-friendly, Sweet
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

Macadamia nuts provide a wonderful bit of crunch in this fruitier-than-usual banana bread.

Serves: Serves: 8 (1 thick or 2 thin slices)


  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons Bisquick Reduced Fat Baking Mix
  • 6 tablespoons purchased graham cracker crumbs or 6 (2 1/2-inch) graham crackers, made into crumbs
  • 1/2 cup pourable Sugar Twin or Sprinkle Sweet
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) chopped macadamias or walnuts
  • 2/3 cup (2 ripe medium) mashed bananas
  • 1 cup (one 8-ounce can) crushed pineapple, packed in fruit juice, drained
  • 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes no-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter-flavored cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine baking mix, graham cracker crumbs, and Sugar Twin. Stir in macadamia nuts.
  3. In a small bowl, combine mashed bananas, pineapple, sour cream, and rum extract.
  4. Add banana mixture to baking mix mixture. Mix gently just to combine.
  5. Spread batter evenly into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Place loaf pan on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Remove bread from pan and continue cooling on wire rack. Cut into 8 thick or 16 thin slices.

excerpted from:

From COOKING HEALTHY ACROSS AMERICA by JoAnna Lund. Used by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright © 2000 by Healthy Exchanges, Inc.

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