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The reason I say “be transformed” is because this banana bread will transform you, or at least, it transformed me. It is literally the best I have ever tasted. Moist. Dense. Light. Banana-y. Perfect. It actually isn’t even my recipe. I had thought mine was the best up until I tasted this.

Let me tell you the story.

It was a little over a month ago, and I was dutifully following the hCG diet. I had not previously digressed from it, and was painfully whittling my way down to a hundred and ten pounds (it was a lofty goal, I admit. But by golly, I was going to do it). Then, along came Conference Sunday, and my ex-husband had the kids for the afternoon. I really had no choice but to wait out the time at my friend’s house in Salt Lake until my kids were ready to go home. I was prepared for my afternoon, with bags of apples, and I stood by with perfect self control as my friends ate their lunches. I couldn’t help thinking it was a little unfair, as I gazed around their kitchen filled with cheese and chips and chicken nuggets, then to Julie with her too-loose size four jeans, then back at myself with my sunken in eyes and my sad 500 calorie per day diet. But even so, I was in perfect control.

I was in perfect control as they mixed up a banana bread, too. Banana bread! I scoffed. I make a fantastic banana bread, and surely this one has nothin’ on mine. As I sat on their couch, watching the conference, I could smell the bread in the oven. Oh why must it torture me! I thought.

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“Just have a little taste,” my thin friends said with imploring smiles as the scented steam from the freshly cut loaves nearly over powered me. “You don’t need a diet,” they said. “You look great.”

Really? You mean it?

And that’s when I succumbed. With that little bite. In that blissful buttery moment, my blood sugar did a standing ovation and my fat cells cackled with delight. I then ate a whole piece of that bread, and loved every luscious second of it.

I tried hanging on to that diet for a few more days, but then alas, other great food got the best of me. Any headway I had made with that diet is now a distant memory. I guess Julie’s banana bread transformed me into a person who realized diets of insanity aren’t for me.

I am a food blogger. What can I say?

Julie’s Banana Bread

(This recipe in in Julie’s words, cut and pasted from her email. When I made mine, I baked it in an 8×8 square pan, and put all the leftover batter into a greased mini muffin pan. I cooked the mini muffins at the same time as the bread, but took them out after about 12 minutes. Thank you, Julie!!!)

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter (i usually use salted, because that’s what I usually have in stock)

Cream together.

Add:

1 c. apple sauce (unsweetened)
2 cups mashed bananas (about 5 or 6 ripe bananas)
3 eggs, lightly beaten

Mix just until incorporated. You should see some banana chunks in the batter.

sift together and add:

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Do not over-mix!

Bake in 2 greased and floured loaf pans @ 350 for 35-45 minutes or until done. (gooey-ness is up to your discretion)

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