Rice Cooker Banana Walnut Bread

imageI’ve said it many times before.  I love to cook, but baking cakes and breads is not in my league. But guess what, using the very same rice cooker I use to prepare rice and some steamed dishes, I can make me some sweet and nutty banana bread.  You read that right — a rice cooker bread! Once you’ve tried preparing this recipe, you will open yourself (and your rice cooker) to endless possibilities.

INGREDIENTS

3 large bananas, mashed

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cups brown palm sugar

2 tsps baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup melted butter

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Cooking oil

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until the ingredients are well mixed. Add the bananas, butter, milk, and egg. Mix well to form a nice batter. Add walnuts. Using a paper towel, coat the inside of the rice cooker pot with Olive oil (this will prevent the bread from sticking to the pot). Pour the batter into the pot, cover, and turn the rice cooker on. Cook until the rice cooker automatically turns off. (Depending on your rice cooker, you may need a couple or more cycles.  If the cooker turns off, wait a few minutes for it to cool down before turning it on again.) Remove from heat and turn the pot upside down against a large plate to release the bread. If desired, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of the bread before serving.

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