Since I just spent the weekend at Rosie's house in Cleveland, I wanted to post this recipe creation she came up with.  She had some ripe bananas that she wanted to use up and also wanted to make something with Bailey's.  So why not combine both and see how it goes?  That's what we did with this banana bread!  And surprisingly, it worked quite well.  Oh and it's fairly healthy, too.   A perfect thing to eat with Irish coffee! 

Bailey's Banana Bread
(1 loaf)

2 eggs
2/3 cup white sugar
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup nonfat milk
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish cream
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray, and lightly dust with flour.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in bananas, applesauce, milk, and Bailey's.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture, mixing just until blended. Fold in walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake in preheated pan until golden and a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. Turn bread out onto a wire rack and let cool.

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