Honey Banana Bread

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Honey Banana Bread

Mississippi bee farmers depend on neighborhood gardens to provide their bees with lots of tasty sources to collect nectar.  Worker honey bees transform the floral nectar that they gather into honey by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing the moisture.

The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms).  In general, lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.

Eating locally produced honey has many health benefits including reducing allergies to local plants. Be sure to look for bee farmers and their sweet local honey at your farmers markets.

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Honey Banana Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup honey

2 eggs, beaten

3 mashed overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Source: National Honey Board

Information prepared by Nancy Freeman, Consultant, msunancyf@bellsouth.net

Information provided by Farm Families of Mississippi, www.growingmississippi.org