Carrot Cake Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

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One of the easiest dessert recipes of all time is banana bread. You can use up your overripe bananas in the recipe too which is a bonus, so nothing goes to waste. Most people consider banana bread to be a breakfast bread like a muffin, but you can enjoy banana bread as a dessert too. Banana bread started out when baking soda and baking powder came out in the 1930s. The first recipe for banana bread was in the 1933 edition of Balanced Recipes from Pillsbury. Then it was featured in a cookbook by Chiquita Banana in 1950. Chiquita Banana is the main distributor of bananas in North America. It turns out there's even a National Banana Bread on February 23rd. Even though they first came to North America in the late 1800s, there weren't many dessert recipes that included bananas until later on, especially during the great depression when people used what they had in efforts to save money and not waste anything. Since bananas were still quite expensive because they were an import item, people created different ways to use their overripe bananas. There are other claims that say banana bread was first created to promote flour and baking soda or baking powder.

Banana bread is a dense, moist cake-like bread that uses these overripe bananas as the sweetener in the recipe. There are now even gluten-free versions of the recipe that use gluten-free flour blends and taste much like the regular recipe. Then there are variations on the banana bread recipe like adding chocolate chips or nuts to the batter for more flavour and texture. Or this recipe from Reeni at Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice which brings two beloved recipes together to create an impressive and yummy dessert recipe. Reemi shows us how to make carrot cake banana bread with a cream cheese frosting which sounds pretty epic. So not only does this recipe have bananas in it, but it will also have some grated carrots and cream cheese frosting on top. It also includes some walnuts too, to give it a nice crunch.

This recipe takes just over an hour to make, so be sure you set the time aside to make it. All you'll need are ingredients you probably already have in your pantry too. Starting with all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, sugar, a few ripe bananas, a few carrots, raisins and walnuts. You'll also need cream cheese for the frosting of course. Grease a loaf pan to up so it's ready to put your batter into and set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then take a bowl and add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Then in a separate mixing bowl mix the eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar and the banana. Then you can mix the two bowls of ingredients together until they are well combined. Then you add in the carrots and raisins too. Once everything is mixed, you'll pour it all into the loaf pan and bake it for 50 minutes. To test if the loaf is ready to put a toothpick in the centre to see if it's ready. If the toothpick you use comes out clean, the cake is ready, if it doesn't then it needs a bit more time in the oven. While the cake is baking, you can make the frosting by combining the powdered sugar with the cream cheese and butter. Then when the cake comes out of the oven allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes before you put the icing on top. To finish it off, sprinkle with walnuts.***

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