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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread, whole grain and no refined sugar

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread is a delicious whole-wheat quick bread with no refined sugar. Made with whole food ingredients, it is also 100% delicious! Which is the most important part, because if it doesn't taste good, no one will eat it...

I was trying to come up with a nice witty introduction to this recipe to entice you to make it, but I think I failed. The lack of wittiness on my part is, much like a missing ingredient. It can stop you in your tracks! Having no witty in stock is a real shame because this bread is not only healthy it is also super delicious! Delicious enough that everyone will want to eat it! Which is the whole point of cooking don't you think? Carrot Raisin Banana Bread is so good, in fact, you will want to think Carrot Cake good...

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread, whole grain fruit sweetened delicious!

Bananas are an interesting part of life. I try to eat one daily for breakfast, but it can be difficult to purchase the right amount of bananas at the market. Enough so there is a ripe banana each day, but not so many that a bowl of overripe bananas must be dealt with. 

Through the years as I practiced frugal ways in the kitchen, overripe bananas would be placed in the freezer as a short-term solution. Then one day while I was putting some groceries away, I came across what must have been about 20 bananas in "storage" and realized immediately my plan was not working! But why? 

Simple really, a standard loaf of banana bread never has caught my attention. And worse, I made one whenever I did not know what to do with those stacked up bananas! And that my friends did not make me love banana bread more...no, if anything, I liked it less and less. The only possible way to be frugal and use up the overripe bananas was to develop new recipes. So I did.

Carrots, raisins and bananas for Carrot Raisin Banana Bread.

Like this recipe for Carrot Raisin Banana Bread. Because when we spend time in the kitchen cooking, it should be delicious, and we should want to eat it. Now before you let me know that you love banana bread, I already know! Otherwise, there would not be 50 million recipes for it, when you search the internet. But for me, awhile another loaf of banana bread in order to keep to the frugal policy of no food waste was not the answer. 

I think because of that, I have made it my mission in life to come up with other recipes that keep frugality in place, but provide a delicious new taste for those bananas lurking in the fruit bowl, or worse in cold storage in the bottom of the freezer! Such as, 




Bananas have a fairly strong flavor profile. The combination of ingredients used will help tone down the banana flavor (otherwise you will just have another loaf of banana bread...). 

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • bananas
  • carrots
  • raisins
  • dates
  • whole wheat flour
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom
  • ginger
  • oil
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • maple syrup
You will also need the following:
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • box grater, or
  • food processor
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • large mixing bowl
  • silicone spatula
  • baking pan
Now you are ready to begin!

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread, whole grain and no refined sugars!


Carrot Raisin Banana Bread
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

2 c whole wheat flour - we use pastry grind whole wheat flour
1 t salt
1 t soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cardamom
1/4 t ginger

2-3 carrots - grated 
1 c raisins - chopped fine. (you may also leave whole if desired)

2 bananas
2 c whole pitted dates
2 eggs
1/4 c oil

1/4 c water
1/4 c real maple syrup
1 T vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, whole wheat flour through ground ginger, whisk to combine all ingredients, set aside.

Grate the carrots using either a box grater or the food processor, set aside. Chop the raisins if desired, set aside. 

If using dates with the pits still inside, remove pits and discard. 

Combine bananas, dates, eggs, and oil in the bowl of a food processor, pulse to begin chopping action, when the mixture starts to cling and stick together, switch to full "on" and puree until smooth. NOTE: This mixture will be thick. 

Add the carrots and raisins to the dry ingredients. Top with the date mixture, water, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix well, making sure there should be no wet pockets of ingredients, nor any dry pockets of ingredients. 

Scrape the batter into a prepared loaf pan. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes or until done in your oven. Let rest in the pan, 15 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack or cloth towel, let cool completely. Wrap in parchment and store 24 hours before serving. 

How to make Carrot Raisin Banana Bread, with whole grain and no refined sugars.
Carrot Raisin Banana Bread, whole grain with no refined sugars

Storage options for Carrot Raisin Banana Bread. You may keep bread at room temperature for up to three days, refrigerator for longer storage times to prevent spoilage. Most quick bread freeze quite well, and this one is no exception. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Carrot Raisin Banana Bread has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

2 c whole wheat flour - we use pastry grind whole wheat flour
1 t salt
1 t soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cardamom
1/4 t ginger

2-3 carrots - grated 
1 c raisins - chopped fine. (you may also leave whole if desired)

2 bananas
2 c whole pitted dates
2 eggs
1/4 c oil

1/4 c water
1/4 c real maple syrup
1 T vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, whole wheat flour through ground ginger, whisk to combine all ingredients, set aside.

Grate the carrots using either a box grater or the food processor, set aside. Chop the raisins if desired, set aside. 

If using dates with the pits still inside, remove pits and discard. 

Combine bananas, dates, eggs, and oil in the bowl of a food processor, pulse to begin chopping action, when the mixture starts to cling and stick together, switch to full "on" and puree until smooth. NOTE: This mixture will be thick. 

Add the carrots and raisins to the dry ingredients. Top with the date mixture, water, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix well, making sure there should be no wet pockets of ingredients, nor any dry pockets of ingredients. 

Scrape the batter into a prepared loaf pan. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes or until done in your oven. Let rest in the pan, 15 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack or cloth towel, let cool completely. Wrap in parchment and store 24 hours before serving. 

Storage options for Carrot Raisin Banana Bread. You may keep bread at room temperature for up to three days, refrigerator for longer storage times to prevent spoilage. Most quick bread freeze quite well, and this one is no exception. 

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  1. OK. I'm in love with this recipe. The combination of carrots and raisins sounds amazing. I just have to find an egg substitute - Yum

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    1. I love carrot cake, so this is a good way to indulge, without actually indulging!

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  2. That looks sooooo moist and I agree the ingredients sound great together.

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    1. Thanks! I love whole food recipes that taste so good and yet they are actually good for you!

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    1. Thank you, I get tired of regular old banana bread so I am always looking for ways to use up those bananas...

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  4. I am definitely saving this recipe!

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    1. It is a favorite around here...thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate it!

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  5. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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  6. A little late, but - Thanks for sharing at last week's What's for Dinner party! Hope to see you this week too! Enjoy your day.

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for hosting and dropping by to say hello!

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