Several years ago, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, released a cookbook called “Deceptively Delicious”, which was filled with kid-friendly recipes featuring hidden vegetables. Basically the recipes required the addition of vegetable purees (broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, etc). For instance, chicken nuggets were dipped into pureed broccoli befor being coated with breading so that kids wouldn’t know they were eating a vegetable.
I actually bought “Deceptively Delicious” thinking I could use if myself as I cannot stand most vegetables. However, I found the process of cooking and pureeing all of the vegetables (which you do in advance and then freeze) too time-consuming. The only recipe I even attempted was the banana bread, and I cheated on that one by not even including the pureed cauliflower!
Following is my modified version of the cookbook’s recipe for Banana Bread. It really IS amazing bread, even without the cauliflower!
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 2 egg whites
- 5 ripe bananas, pureed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the sugar and oil until well combined. Mix in egg whites and then the banana and finally the vanilla.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet and blend until just combined.
- Pour batter into pan and back until a toothpick comes out clean, 45-60 minutes.