This is a tasty quick bread recipe made with carrot, banana, golden raisins, and walnuts. Whole wheat flour and oats add whole grain, nutritious goodness to it. There’s no refined sugar or oil. It’s sweetened entirely with honey and banana and uses Greek yogurt instead of oil.
But don’t let all this healthy talk throw you off. You wouldn’t know by taste alone unless I let you in on the secret ahead of time. The result is a very moist and dense bread, just the way I like it, richly flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. Chewy bits of sweet golden raisins and crunchy walnuts give it texture and body. As do the distinguishing, brightly colored bits of carrot dotted throughout.
It really packs a nice power punch to eat as a breakfast bread. It’s perfectly satisfying alongside a cup of tea, plain or with a little smear of cream cheese or butter.
If your looking for a sweeter more dessert-like bread cream cheese frosting would be excellent over top. And I’ve included the option of using sugar and sour cream in my recipe.
Now for an important word about raisins: if you don’t like them I urge you to try the golden ones. They are quite sweet and the ones I buy are faintly reminiscent of pears. They don’t have the strong flavor or smell that the dark raisins have. You can sub out the raisins for extra nuts or any kind of dried fruit like cranberries, dates or figs.
Sunflower seeds for sprinkling over top, optional
1/4 cup butter, softened
About 2 cups Confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2-3 tablespoons of Milk
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