My husband and son love bananas, we have them in the house but I don't cook with them as the steam from the cooking bananas can cause a mild irritation to my throat. We also don't eat several other things because I can not cook them, due to my allergies. My mother-in-law came for a visit and she made some banana nut muffins. We had several left over bananas that I did not want to waste, after she left. I decided to bake some Banana Bread. My Dad sent over the recipe they use and I tried my very first Banana Bread. It smelled really good, and yes, it did cause me a little discomfort, I just took an antihistamine which seemed to ease the symptoms some.
Sometimes having food allergies makes me sad. My Mom and I have taken several cruises and most of the time the food on the menu has some sort of allergen. The wait staff are very good about making sure the food is safe. It's important to tell them prior to your sail date of allergies and then to discuss with both the Maitre dee and your waiter, your allergies. They are, however, unable to change the menu. After several nights of eating a small variety of things, I was so upset to discover that there was nothing on the third nights menu that I could eat. I broke down in tears and left the dining room. The waiter followed me out to the elevator to ask what was wrong. I told him that there was nothing on the menu I could eat. He was so nice, he offered to get me a hot dog from the Lido deck. I laughed and motioned to the evening gown I had on and said no thank you. He coaxed me back to the table and made it his mission to bring me a grilled chicken breast with other things I could eat. Of course, his kindness and concern again had me in tears, but that is what should happen. None of us asked to have food allergies, it's annoying to the people who go out with us, it's annoying to the waiters and chefs/cooks, it's annoying to us. The fact is, people have food allergies. They are dangerous, and they can kill.
That said, please try this wonderful recipe, unless you are allergic of course
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl' make a well in center of mixture. Combine egg, mashed banana, milk and oil; add mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Stir in pecans.
- Spoon batter into greased muffin pans, filling three-fourths full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans immediately. Yield: 1 dozen
- Per muffin: Calories 217 Fat 10.6g Cholesterol 20 mg Sodium 184 mg