• Solar-Baked Banana Bread

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    Solar-Baked Banana Bread
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 2 hours Servings: 16
    by Salad Foodie
    406 recipes
    Too hot to bake nut breads? Get the solar cooker out and keep your cool! Just about anything you bake in the conventional oven has a complimentary solar-cooking method. This is my best banana bread recipe and when it’s cooler this fall I’ll post the same recipe baked conventionally. But here using only El Sol for the cooking energy, it turns out perfectly in a solar oven.


    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tablespoon water
    • 2 cups flour (all-purpose, white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour work fine)
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups very ripe bananas mashed (about 3 large)
    • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


    1. Position solar oven in sun and heat until moderate baking temperatures are reached (250 to 300 degrees F. or more). Depending on unit, sunshine and ambient temperature, this may take 30 or more minutes.
    2. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
    3. In large mixing bowl combine butter and sugar, beating well. Add eggs and water, and continue to beat thoroughly.
    4. Stir in flour mixture, bananas and walnuts, mixing just until ingredients are moistened.
    5. Push batter into a large dark greased loaf pan.
    6. Bake in solar oven 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or more until loaf is (1) golden brown (2) begins to pull away from sides, and (3) tests done in middle with cake tester or toothpick. (Time can only be approximate because of the number of variables.)

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    • Frosted Flaker
      Frosted Flaker
      Wow, I never thought of baking banana bread in a solar oven. The photos you included are fabulous ! I can HARDLY wait to try this eco-friendly cooking style recipe in my solar oven…I’m sure it will be delicious !

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