Deliciously Organic Banana Bread

Author Carrie Vitt has an interesting story behind her newly published cookbook, Deliciously Organic. Years ago, she had been experiencing daily, debilitating migraines and was taking several medications to try and manage them, when she decided to begin modifying her diet to see if she could find another way to rid the pain. She began by replacing regular produce with organic and noticed a significant difference within just one week. Slowly, she converted her family’s diet to whole, unprocessed, organic ingredients. Today, she has a migraine maybe once a month and no longer needs any medications.
Vitt explains that this book isn’t about giving up good tasting food for tree bark! Over time, she experimented with ingredients and kept tweaking things in her family recipes until she learned which combinations created the best flavors. This cookbook is a collection of her delicious successes- recipes such as Tuscan Lemon Chicken, Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Louisiana Chicken Gumbo, Roasted Vegetable & Orzo Salad, Jimmie’s Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread, Hot Chocolate with Maple Marshmallows, Gingerbread Pancakes, Raspberry Velvet Tart, Bananas Foster and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I chose to bake Deliciously Organic‘s Banana- Zucchini Bread. Admittedly, I don’t typically cook with all organic foods… but since banana bread is something that I bake often, I thought it would be interesting to try baking one with completely organic ingredients.
The recipe called for whole cane sugar, so I went on the hunt and found some. Vitt describes whole cane sugar as “sugar before it hits the factory.” It’s dehydrated cane sugar juice, it contains many minerals, and it has a rich molasses flavor that does well in baking.
I’ve seen coconut oil in recipes before, but I had no idea that it looked like this. Think shortening… that isn’t soft. The benefit is this: Virgin coconut oil, processed without chemicals or high heat, is rich in medium-chain fatty acids that are quickly absorbed into the body for energy. In other words, it’s a ‘good’ fat.
Not anything too out of the ordinary, but Vitt sneaks zucchini shreds into her banana bread to get extra vegetables into her family’s diets. I like this idea too, and it’s pretty tough for the kids to notice the green specks.
Here’s my freshly baked loaf of Organic Banana- Zucchini Bread.

If you look really hard, you might be able to spot some tiny specks of green (the zucchini), so you can see how simple it is to hide it from those zucchini nay-sayers.

In Vitt’s book, she suggests serving up banana bread as bruschetta… topped with ricotta cheese and apricot jam.  When I was trying this out one morning, my son looked at me strangely and said, “Mom… you’re such a foodie.”  I loved that.  But then guess what?  He ate it too.  My foodie kid!  The recipe also calls for Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  I’ve baked with it before, and I’ve enjoyed the results.  We loved this bread.

Print Print Recipe

Deliciously Organic Banana Bread

Yield: One loaf (8 to 10 servings)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 60 min

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, preferably freshly ground
1 cup whole cane sugar or Sucanat
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and adjust rack to middle position. Butter a loaf pan.

2. Melt butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan. Cool slightly. Whisk flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir together mashed bananas, zucchini, buttermilk, eggs, melted oils and vanilla in a medium bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently stir until just blended.

3. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick pressed into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool for 10 minutes and then run a knife around the outside to loosen the edges. Turn loaf out onto a cooling rack and cool before serving.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Re-printed with permission from the cookbook: Deliciously Organic)

Carrie Vitt has offered a signed copy of her beautiful Deliciously Organic cookbook to one lucky RecipeGirl reader! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below letting me know what you think of organic ingredients… do you cook with organic ingredients? Are you interested in making the switch? Do you buy anything organic?

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is (random.org selected)…
Commenter #40: Becky, who said that she makes her banana bread using freshly milled wheat! Becky- you have 48 hours to contact me to claim your prize! I’ll email you… Congrats!


Of course, you can also order you own copy of Deliciously Organic here.
And you can find more of Vitt’s recipes on her website:  Deliciously Organic.

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143 Responses to “Deliciously Organic Banana Bread”

  1. 1

    Jo Scard — January 17, 2011 @ 2:43 AM

    My 8 year old was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year so he’s become really focussed on eating well and has helped us all make the switch to a more organic diet. We’d love a copy of the book, the banana bread alone looks like a real winner!

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    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — January 17, 2011 @ 4:41 AM

    I try to cook with organic ingredients when I can (really when I can afford it!). I probably bake less with organic ingredients, though.

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    Patricia Scarpin — January 17, 2011 @ 4:59 AM

    It looks so moist! Delish, too!

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    Heather — January 17, 2011 @ 5:02 AM

    i love the thought of baking with organic ingredients whenever I can!

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    Julie Bayne — January 17, 2011 @ 5:07 AM

    @Patricia Scarpin, Banana bread is one of my absolute favorites, so I can’t wait to try this version. I have recently started “clean eating,” but I haven’t switched over to orgnanic yet. I’m interested in learning more and would love this cookbook!

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    Nikki — January 17, 2011 @ 5:11 AM

    I buy organic whenever possible, financially it is tough though!

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    Chris M. — January 17, 2011 @ 5:27 AM

    Honestly, I don’t cook with organic ingredients. They’re way too expensive for anyone actually on a tight budget like me espeically when fresh produce is already not cheap and I think that its kinda an overblown fad at times. Its great in concept but not a feasible thing for most especially in today’s economy. Being this open will probably cause me not to win but that’s how I feel.

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    heather — January 17, 2011 @ 5:27 AM

    I’ll buy organic produce is the price is right; though even if it’s more expensive, I prefer getting the organic versions of “the dirty dozen.”

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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    Sarah — January 17, 2011 @ 5:27 AM

    I’ve been buying more and more organic ingredients. It’s definitely a bit tough financially wise, but everything tastes so much richer! ;)

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    Karen — January 17, 2011 @ 5:29 AM

    I use organic when it’s affordable and when it makes the most sense (potatoes and apples which use the skin so you don’t want chemicals), etc. I’d love to be able to afford more organic ingredients!

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    Elizabeth — January 17, 2011 @ 5:30 AM

    I buy organic if possible – on an island dependent on an erratic-at-times ferry schedule, buying fresh can be an issue in the winter!

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    Lynda — January 17, 2011 @ 5:44 AM

    I’ve been trying to buy as much organic produce as I can, especially fruits and vegetables that I don’t peel. I just bought some coconut oil this weekend and am excited to give it a try! That bread looks delish!

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    Jeanne ODonnell — January 17, 2011 @ 5:49 AM

    I do not cook or bake with organic ingredients because we are so limited where I live. They are starting to stock more items in the stores now, so I would like to start cooking with them.

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    Kimberly — January 17, 2011 @ 5:59 AM

    I go back and forth with wanting to buy organic. It interests me, but is so much more expensive. What really interests me in the banana bread recipe is the use of pure cane sugar and coconut oil. I’d love to try that. I too have seen coconut oil in recipes but never used it. I had no idea it was thick.
    I also like the ricotta/jam idea. OK, I like that it combines zucchini and banana as well. This is definitely going on my want to try it page. Thanks for the interesting post.

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    Wanda — January 17, 2011 @ 6:14 AM

    My husband is the one that insists the most about getting more organic items when we are shopping. I have been a Cancer patient (tumirs are still appearing) since 2004 (about 7 years now) and eating healthier is a change I like taking. We buy organic chicken, organic eggs, whole wheat pasta, bread and as many fruits as we can. This book can help with new recipes and new life style!

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    Cherrille — January 17, 2011 @ 6:17 AM

    We have just started buying organic veggies. We’re both in our 70’s & have found cauliflower & broccoli both taste so much better than the regular produce we’ve been eating for ages. Will continue to try more organic products & your cookbook would be wonderful to have to help us along the way. Thanks for offering this cookbook giveaway, Carrie

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    Wanda — January 17, 2011 @ 6:18 AM

    This book can help with new recipes and new life style!
    Organic foods are a little more expendive, but we have found that it’s cheaper that getting sick and having to spend in doctor visits & medicines. Completely worth it!

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    AppleTree — January 17, 2011 @ 6:24 AM

    I try to stick to organic whenever possible, but it gets hard to get good produce in a mid-western winter…

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    Barbara — January 17, 2011 @ 6:25 AM

    Looks like an excellent book, Lori. And yes, I try to buy organic as much as I can. It’s expensive though.
    The banana bread looks lovely and moist. I’ve never seen those two ingredients…will keep my eyes open at Whole Foods.

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    Amie — January 17, 2011 @ 6:37 AM

    I buy some things organic like lettuce (especially lettuce!).

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    Rachel — January 17, 2011 @ 6:40 AM

    I try to buy organic when I can – cost is a huge factor so I pick and choose what is most important.

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    danielle — January 17, 2011 @ 6:41 AM

    I do my best to buy organic when I can !

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    Sharlene — January 17, 2011 @ 7:02 AM

    That loaf is gorgeous.

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    Evan Thomas — January 17, 2011 @ 7:03 AM

    The bread looks great!
    I don’t often bake with organic ingredients(or at least don’t make a point to), but vegetables that I eat the skin on I almost always look for organic.

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    Zita — January 17, 2011 @ 7:10 AM

    I’ve been going to the organic market in Budapest (Hungary) for 3,5 years now. Most of my fresh vegetables and fruits are organic, also the flours, cane sugar I use. I love organic stuff. It’s the best way to nourish your body. I’m also vegetarian. :)

    Would love to win the book!!!

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    Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish — January 17, 2011 @ 7:20 AM

    This bread looks great! I’m trying to buy more organic, but our grocery store doesn’t have a huge organic selection. I have yet to bake with organic baking ingredients. After seeing this post, I want to try!

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    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth — January 17, 2011 @ 7:24 AM

    I am a huge believer in organic food. We generally buy everything organic in our house. I have two small children, so I feel it’s important to keep them as healthy as I can. Trying to do our part for the earth, too. Would love to win this cookbook — she just seems like such a sweetheart! Thanks!

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    Jackie Watson — January 17, 2011 @ 7:27 AM

    I am trying to serve things that are less processed. I always made Banana bread when it was my turn for my son’s kindergarten snack and made berry butter to go with the bread. It has gotten much easier to go in a more organic way with grocery stores nowadays. It was difficult when I baked that bread many years ago.

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    Margaret — January 17, 2011 @ 7:43 AM

    I try to buy organic whenever I can but the local supermarkets by me don’t carry too many organic products and cost is a huge factor.

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    Angel Gladden — January 17, 2011 @ 7:52 AM

    Looks delicious — I buy organic occasionally, but I usually don’t because of the cost involved. I would love to know more and play more with organic stuff. . .

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    Mariah — January 17, 2011 @ 8:12 AM

    I don’t currently cook exclusively organically, but I did have a farm share this semester and used all their vegetables. I’m also interested in finding humanely and organically raised meat, but I think I’ll have to wait until I’m no longer at college–it’s hard to find that kind of thing around here!

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    Hello Kimmy — January 17, 2011 @ 8:40 AM

    I have been experimenting more with organic products… especially since they are more readily available.But I have to say I love hitting up the little farmer’s market by my house for fresh local veggies. I just feel better supporting local growers, organic or not.

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    Jen — January 17, 2011 @ 8:43 AM

    Thanks for posting this great recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I have been using whole cane sugar for a couple of years now. My children were a little freaked by the color of it, but we love the taste! I try and cook organically as often as possible. Have a great week! :)

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    Manette — January 17, 2011 @ 8:56 AM

    I buy organic when i can and really want to make strides to do it. It pains me to hear of the pesticide laden strawberries I have to buy when there isn’t a choice for organic ones unless I grow them myself. I had a semi successful organic garden last yr & doing it again this yr. Wish me luck for a better yield and seriously would love this cookbook!

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    Kristi — January 17, 2011 @ 9:12 AM

    I sometimes buy organic produce if it looks fresh esp. spinach and apples. I have some coconut oil and would love some recipes that include it!

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    Kaye — January 17, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

    I buy (and use!) organic ingredients as often as possible. No pesticides and better growing conditions make them worthwhile.

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    sara — January 17, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

    Mmmm, that banana bread looks fantastic – love the toppings! I do cook with some organic ingredients…I try to make the effort for some produce items that have thin skins/pesticide problems, but not necessarily for stuff I’m going to peel anyway.

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    Ronda — January 17, 2011 @ 10:12 AM

    Oh I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have to find the coconut oil first! This looks delicious.
    XO

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    Alicia — January 17, 2011 @ 10:14 AM

    I am slowly making the switch to organic also keeping in mind my food budget:)

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    Mindy — January 17, 2011 @ 10:22 AM

    We cook with mostly organic ingredients, but I sometimes value local over organic, especially when I know the farmers. I would say about 75% of our food is organic and/or local. I love it and love getting to know the people who raise our food!

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    Becky — January 17, 2011 @ 10:22 AM

    Perfect timing, just about to bake banana bread with fresh milled wheat flour.

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    Sue — January 17, 2011 @ 10:25 AM

    hey miss RecipeGirl Lori…
    saw this on my FB page & decided that i am going to take the plunge. my oldest daughter does organic w/ her 2 children. it seems to be a very health life-choice. the bread looks sup-moist & tasty…. freeze half for later use, if it stays around long enough ;)

    thanks for always posting such good recipes :)

    kepp it comin’…
    sue

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    Scorpio Woman — January 17, 2011 @ 10:27 AM

    I don’t buy organic ingredient and I don’t plan cause it’s way too expensive for now.

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    Trish — January 17, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

    This looks great! I cook with almost all organic products and I can’t wait to try it out.

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    Jennifer M. — January 17, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

    I to suffered from migraines and my son was very hyper-active as a toddler so we made the switch almost 4-years ago. We do completely organic for our dairy and our meats and usually the Dirty Dozen of the produce when I can find it.

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    Bianca — January 17, 2011 @ 10:34 AM

    Fortunately, organic ingredients are more and more available in Switzerland so I try my best to buy them and put them in my food…

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    Jess — January 17, 2011 @ 10:37 AM

    That looks wonderful! If I had an unlimited food budget I would buy mostly organic, but for now I buy organic greens and sometimes organic fruits, milk, and meat.

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    Lena Baker — January 17, 2011 @ 10:42 AM

    I love cooking organic and healthy! Ever since I became a mom I feel it is important to cook with organic food as much as financially possible!

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    Anna — January 17, 2011 @ 11:06 AM

    During the spring, summer, and fall months I visit our local farmer’s market almost every week for a week’s worth of organic vegetables. Being a full-time student, I have to consider my tight budget and therefore stick to buying organic veggies that grow closest to the ground, as I heard this is where most of the pesticides accumulate on non-organic veggies. After eating organic veggies it is SO hard to eat non-organic; the quality and taste just is NOT the same!!!!

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    Julie — January 17, 2011 @ 11:16 AM

    I love organic ingredients and wish I could afford to cook with them all the time! I do when I can, I think they really make a difference.

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna — January 17, 2011 @ 11:20 AM

    This bread looks delish! I haven’t made a zucchini bread in forever. Looks like today is the day!

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    RobynK — January 17, 2011 @ 11:31 AM

    I’d love to cook more organic recipes, sadly organic ingredients are hard to find in my small town :(

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    Jessica — January 17, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

    The bread looks fantastic! I buy organic produce when it’s reasonably priced, but I rarely bake with organic products.

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    Deanna — January 17, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

    I buy organic as much as possible, but ALWAYS buy it when I make my daughter’s baby food. We have our own garden in the summer too so that cuts down on the cost of buying it in the supermarket. Also, we go to the farmer’s market in the spring and summer for produce that we don’t grow. It feels nice to be able to support the local growers!

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    Jennifer — January 17, 2011 @ 12:18 PM

    Buying organic is something I’d like to do more of, but right now it isn’t possible on our budget.

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    Ali — January 17, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

    I try to buy organic when I can, but sometimes it’s just too expensive. It’s nice though to know that my food isn’t being processed or sprayed with harmful chemicals!

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    Doris — January 17, 2011 @ 1:18 PM

    I haven’t bought many organic foods yet but I would like to when the budget allows. I would really like to grown all my own foods but that’s not possible.

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    Heather Bell — January 17, 2011 @ 1:42 PM

    I would love to buy organic but it is expensive!

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    jillmc — January 17, 2011 @ 1:46 PM

    Yes, organic produce is more expensive-great incentive to get your garden growing! Our garden grows by at least one new food each season. Love walking out the back door, picking our produce, and putting it on the table in less than a few hours! :-)

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    Manda — January 17, 2011 @ 3:08 PM

    As a college student on a serious budget, its hard to eat (or cook) organic, but I try to incorporate as much as possible!

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    Sandy — January 17, 2011 @ 3:21 PM

    We cook a lot with organic and gluten-free ingredients. I’m always looking for something that’s delicious!

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    sarah — January 17, 2011 @ 3:40 PM

    this looks great! i buy organic when i can afford it and find it–not so common in bowling green, kentucky :(

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    Nivedita — January 17, 2011 @ 4:08 PM

    I buy Organic products whenever i can as i think they are the best.
    My family loves Banana bread …including my 1 yr old daughter… should try this recipe… am sure it would be a big hit!!!!

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    Doreen — January 17, 2011 @ 4:13 PM

    I don’t buy many organic products due to the prices – but when I do I try to buy the organic products from the dirty dozen list ….
    that banana bread looks delicious!

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    Hallie @ Daily Bites — January 17, 2011 @ 4:35 PM

    I’m an organic foodie all the way. Although I’m not 100% organic in my cooking, I try to do as much OG as possible and notice a big difference in results (both taste-wise and health-wise). I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book!

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    Kimmy Kimster — January 17, 2011 @ 4:38 PM

    Ohhh the banana-zucchini bread recipe looks soooooo delicious. I can’t wait to try it. As for using organics, I’d use them more if they were more affordable. Other than that I try a little gardening during the summer…

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    Victoria — January 17, 2011 @ 5:12 PM

    Too many friends with cancer the last few years so trying to do more organic and less processed food.

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    lisa burton — January 17, 2011 @ 5:28 PM

    This cookbook looks great!!! I have never cooked organic, but I would love to try.

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    nicole — January 17, 2011 @ 5:43 PM

    I love cooking with organic ingredients. I’m trying to incorporate more into my home and plan to plant a garden this summer to get even more organic items in the menu!

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    cecedon — January 17, 2011 @ 5:45 PM

    we eat and I bake almost completely organic. My husband is a 2x cancer survivor and I want to keep everyone in our family as healthy as possible.

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    Kelly — January 17, 2011 @ 6:08 PM

    More recently I have been focusing on buying organic for the “dirty dozen” – the produce that is most affected by pesticides. And certainly when prices are comparable, I will choose organic. Thanks for the recipe – I am saving it to try.

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    Michelle Ramsey — January 17, 2011 @ 6:30 PM

    I haven’t cooked or baked organic, but would like to give it a try. The banana bread looks great!

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    Christy Shaver — January 17, 2011 @ 8:15 PM

    I have gone from an elite athlete to an individual struggling with debilitating nerve injuries. I believe nutrition is key for me to regain my health. And I am turning more to organic food to find this necessary nutrition.

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    Pati — January 17, 2011 @ 9:14 PM

    I love Zuchini bread and I love Banana bread so I’m looking forward to trying this combo recipe out! I haven’t made anything entirely of organic products before, but I am interested. I have a sister who is an organic farmer and does buy/use as much organic product as she can. I LOVE meals at her home, the rare times I’m there. The fresh milk & eggs, home grown veggies and other organic ingredients from their local coop. I wish we had one here!

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    Tracey — January 17, 2011 @ 11:32 PM

    I like to shop at health food stores because the food is organic.I can’t always buy organic, but when I do, I know I am making a great choice. The cookbook sounds wonderful!

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    Gail Weitzel — January 17, 2011 @ 11:56 PM

    My daughter is very interested in “going organic” and is convincing me to do the same. This banana bread looks delicious.

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    SheilaM — January 18, 2011 @ 1:26 AM

    I have been thinking about buying organic produce more and more – that banana bread looks absolutely yummy!!!

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    VeggieGirl — January 18, 2011 @ 3:40 AM

    I always cook and bake with organic ingredients when possible.

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    Liz (Little Bitty Ba — January 18, 2011 @ 4:24 AM

    This looks lovely – I am a big fan of banana bread. I haven’t yet made the switch to organic. Honestly it comes down to money. :)

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    Lois Ramaeker — January 18, 2011 @ 4:34 AM

    I enjoyed the short article about Carrie and
    her cookbook very much because I learned
    more about organic ingredients and how much
    it can help physcially.
    Carrie’s cookbook would be very helpful for
    my daughter that gets migranes.

    Thank you,
    Lois Ramaeker

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    Rose — January 18, 2011 @ 4:53 AM

    I only buy organic when on sale. I’d love to try an “all” organic meal.

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    Felicia — January 18, 2011 @ 5:00 AM

    Eating organic has been a goal in our household for a long time. Recently, we watchted the documentary “Food Matters” and that’s what made it kick in for us, bigtime. I do have some health issues that seem to be slowly improving with eating as much Organic as possible. It makes you feel GOOD! I would love to get my hands on that cookbook…

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    Cheryl R — January 18, 2011 @ 5:01 AM

    My produce purchases are about 50% organic.

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    Judy R — January 18, 2011 @ 5:33 AM

    for the past 6 months, I’ve been buying only organic. It is expensive, but I think its worth it.

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    Beth — January 18, 2011 @ 5:52 AM

    I personally do not eat only organic.. but my sister has terrible migraines and I think she’d be really interested in this.

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    Judy B. - Texas — January 18, 2011 @ 6:10 AM

    As grocery stores that sell “organic” are too far away from me, I buy whatever is offered in local stores, ie, milk, eggs, bread and vegetables when available. Have been cooking with coconut oil for awhile…those interested can “google” the subject – lots of interesting facts and recipes. Would love to have Deliciously Organic and would put it to good use – improving mine and DH’S health.

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    Judy B. - Texas — January 18, 2011 @ 6:15 AM

    @Beth, Beth, in addition to improving her diet menu, your Sister should investigate the herb, Feverfew. Look it up via Google. My husband suffered from terrible migraines…after taking Feverfew, they have lessened to about 1 a month or none at all. Just saying….

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    Megan — January 18, 2011 @ 6:15 AM

    I love cooking with organic ingredients. I enjoy my food more knowing that I have put the best into it.

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    Emily — January 18, 2011 @ 7:21 AM

    I buy the organic produce that’s on the ‘dirty dozen’ list and when it’s on sale. I would love to go all organic & local, but my budget just doesn’t have room for all of it!

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    Jennifer Jensen — January 18, 2011 @ 7:32 AM

    I don’t currently cook with organics but would love to give it a try.

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    Jen S — January 18, 2011 @ 7:33 AM

    This recipe looks awesome, I’d love to try it. We haven’t made the switch to organic, but this book would entice me to start.

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    Jen — January 18, 2011 @ 7:41 AM

    I’ve been mulling around trying more organic. Just had my first organic beef burger and it was delicious, but at 7.99/lb, it’s hard to fit a totally organic lifestyle into the monthly grocery budget!! This book looks great!

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    rosa — January 18, 2011 @ 7:49 AM

    As a farmers daughter, I get asked a lot of questions about organic produce. Although I don’t always use organic produce myself, I am always reading the labels that tell me where my produce comes from, I always make sure its local and not imported. Combine organic and locally grown and you’ve got a winning combination!

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    Danielle — January 18, 2011 @ 7:51 AM

    I buy as much as I can organic. There are certain foods that I will only buy organic – milk, meat, and a few others. I’d love to see some of her recipes!

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    Rachel Kannady — January 18, 2011 @ 7:52 AM

    My husband and I are getting ready to plant our own garden so that we can grow organic foods. We have found that purchasing organic foods is quite expensive for us, but we keep trying. Now that I’m pregnant with our 3rd child, it’s even more important to me that we continue to try and bring in as much organic ingredients into our home.

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    Alaina — January 18, 2011 @ 9:06 AM

    I buy raw organic milk from a local dairy! I use as much organic items as I can get my hands on. LOVE IT!!!

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    Julia — January 18, 2011 @ 9:33 AM

    I buy organic berries but want to try more foods. Unfortunately we don’t have farmers markets nearby and the organic stuff is too expensive at the stores.

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    Terri Sue — January 18, 2011 @ 11:22 AM

    i buy quite a bit organic. all produce, dairy and eggs. then i buy organic, fair trade coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate. as far as i am concerned these last things are luxuries that are most often harvested at the expense of what is almost slave labor. if we can’t afford to buy them fair trade then we do without. i’m not going to have extras at the the expense of other human beings. my husband and i have also been vegetarians for 30 years now so the little bit that is left i buy organic when i can. we also do not use any paper products except for toilet paper which we always buy recycled paper toilet paper.

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    Kristi — January 18, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

    I’ve been meaning to branch out in my coconut oil use… Brilliant recipe!

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    April in CT — January 18, 2011 @ 12:23 PM

    How exciting, I’d love to have this cookbook! I do buy organic when it’s offered at our grocery store. We have a source for local grown foods as well that I utilize when they’re offering things I need.

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    Rachel — January 18, 2011 @ 12:35 PM

    My husband and I only use organic, unprocessed ingredients, and try to buy local as much as possible. What a difference in our energy, health, and vitality — not too mention outstanding flavor! Love the look of the bread — going to try it!

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    mayra — January 18, 2011 @ 12:43 PM

    I want this book!

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    Judy Jursch — January 18, 2011 @ 12:51 PM

    I just recently converted to Organic due to years of struggling with itching and hives that the doctors couldn’t figure out what was causing them. As I am new to this way of eating, I’d love some help with this wonderful cookbook. Thank you!

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    Patricia Williams — January 18, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

    We have switched to no white flour or sugar and fresh not canned veggies organic is our next step.

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    Cheryl W. — January 18, 2011 @ 1:02 PM

    I am switching more and more to organic whole foods. I am also starting to grow my own organic foods as well. I think they are worth paying more for. The Banana bread looks great!

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    Karen — January 18, 2011 @ 1:30 PM

    I use Organic products quite often at home and I am incorporating them into my lessons as a culinary arts instructor.

    The banana bread recipe looks delicious and we will be making it this week in our quick bread rotations.

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    Hope — January 18, 2011 @ 1:38 PM

    I always try and use organic products as much as I can. I would love to own this recipe book. That banana bread looks so delicious! :)

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    Allyson — January 18, 2011 @ 2:19 PM

    Just found your website from Kevin & Amanda. Love it! I’m adding you to my favorites for sure. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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    jill — January 18, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

    Love organic but need to make a more serious effort buying it. I am definitely going to try this banana bread.

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    oregonjudy — January 18, 2011 @ 2:56 PM

    I don’t buy very many organic items. Instead I try to get lots at our local farmer’s market.

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    elizabeth — January 18, 2011 @ 4:23 PM

    Wow! I too suffer from migraines and I know certain foods can trigger them but I never thought about organic foods helping to stop headaches. I do raise as many foods organicly as I can and raise chickens for the eggs but I do still buy lots of foods that don’t fit this. I’d love this book!

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    Rose Schlem — January 18, 2011 @ 5:17 PM

    I would love to have this book! I have gardened since I was a child. Since our children have grown we cut the size down to 25′ by 40′ & completely organic. I have a few very old cookbooks & use them a lot as they don’t call for many store bought ingredients. We have apple/cherry, apricot & mulberry trees along with many small fruit bushes & have kept 2 big freezers well stocked. Also have chickens & eggs which are fed organic feed. Thank you so much for the opportunity to possibly win this wonderful book.

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    Caroline Côté — January 18, 2011 @ 7:04 PM

    I love organics and try to go to the fresh market… But its harder to go with my double stroller than the nearest big grocerie store… So I choose the easiest way more often than I should…

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    Betsy — January 18, 2011 @ 7:09 PM

    I try and use organic whenever I can. I have started switching out my flour and sugar when I buy new. Eventually I want to be all organic. It is such a nice way to say I love my family.

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    Jackie Cochran — January 18, 2011 @ 9:06 PM

    I don’t use as much organic stuff as I would like. I really would like to switch but it is pricey.

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    Cindy — January 18, 2011 @ 9:43 PM

    I buy organic if I can find it, it’s my year for clean eating. That bread looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!! :)

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    Amanda Thompson — January 18, 2011 @ 9:53 PM

    My husband and I buy organic vegetables. And we like Annie’s Organic Hamburger Helper because it doesn’t contain tons of weird ingredients. We try really hard not to eat foods with a long ingredient list or full of things we can’t pronounce.

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    Cheryl — January 18, 2011 @ 11:34 PM

    I am making the switch to buying more and more organic foods. I really noticed how much better I feel when I choose organic.

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    Cheryl — January 18, 2011 @ 11:39 PM

    @Judy Jursch, I too suffer from “unknown” itching and hives that the doctors can’t seem to tell me why. I never thought about organic being able to fix that! Even more motivation to make the switch!

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    Stephanie — January 19, 2011 @ 4:58 AM

    I only buy organic milk, eggs and 80% organic Annie’s bunnies (like goldfish), my daughter’s favorite snack! I used to buy a lot more organic fruit/veggies, but since I now stay at home our grocery bill has a limit! So I buy organic or locally grown when I can.

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    Dana — January 19, 2011 @ 5:06 AM

    I buy some organic and in the summer go to the farmers market. Whatever I buy, I cook with! I try to be as healthy as we can.

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    Tammy — January 19, 2011 @ 5:18 AM

    this looks very yummy! i buy some organic – in this area, organic is very expensive and is usually shipped – so much of the more delicate produce is already rotting by the time it gets to the store.

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    Foxyvee — January 19, 2011 @ 6:15 AM

    I dont really buy on a regular basis. When I go to the farmers market, I buy organaic cheese.

    I went to TJ Maxx and there was a jar of Coconut oil for 5.00!!! I bought it and didn’t know what to do with it.

    Now I do!

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    KATHLEEN ERBE — January 19, 2011 @ 9:06 AM

    O MY CUPCAKES!!!
    Yes indeedy we cook with organic products. We are on a fixed income, but buy organic when we can. I have a daughter who i put on organic products due to hormones and antibiotics,
    Yummmmm.
    redraven, blessings

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    Btrflywmn — January 19, 2011 @ 10:08 AM

    I haven’t tried organic food, but would love to. This bread looks so yummy.

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    Judy Jursch — January 19, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

    @Cheryl,
    Cheryl, I can sympathize! My doctor is going to take me off all medications for a month to see if any of the meds are causing it since I have been on some of them for a very long time. Good luck with your situation!

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    Teslaca — January 19, 2011 @ 3:28 PM

    I belong to a CSA, so all of my vegetables are organic. It’s very important to me to eat safe food, support my local farmer and keep the land healthy. Your photographs are fantastic!

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    Oanh S. — January 19, 2011 @ 5:49 PM

    We try to buy organic when possible for us but definitely always for our kids. It’s worth the money for our little ones.

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    Fuji Mama — January 19, 2011 @ 7:25 PM

    I’d already been making a slow switch to using more organic ingredients when I met Carrie in March of last year. After one conversation with her, I was even more motivated to make changes. Her information is inspiring and eye opening!

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    Heidi — January 19, 2011 @ 7:25 PM

    I love this recipe! Banana bread with the addition of zucchini, sounds delish. We are an organic family who use what’s in our our CSA each week to come up with whats for dinner. Always looking for new ideas.

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    Michelle — January 19, 2011 @ 7:31 PM

    We are trying to cook without the processed and the high sodium content,We shop organically as much as possible.The Banana bread looks soo tasty..Thank you.

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    Faye Pini — January 19, 2011 @ 7:38 PM

    I just know that whe I eat fresh unprocessed food I then cook from scratch it goes down well, tastes great and gives me vitality and that when I give in to the easy fast food I end up feeling horrible!

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    Kat — January 19, 2011 @ 7:49 PM

    New years resolution to go organic. This would be a good step in the right direction. Cookbook diet be darned!! :)

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    MICHELLE JONES — January 19, 2011 @ 7:57 PM

    I’ve used organic for years – beginning when I lived in the UK around 2001. You can’t get non-organic there. At least it’s very hard to because of the EU regulations and most often it’s less expensive than non-organic. I used to go to ‘The Food Doctor’ in London, England for food sensitivities. They recommended I switch over to organic, and remove dairy, wheat and gluten. Tough, but I did it.

    Once I moved back to Canada, my husband and I made the switch to organic about 5 years ago and will never turn back. Not only are the products more tasty, the quality is far more superior than run of the mill products and no name brands.

    The decision to go organic was mainly due to my food allergies and sensitivities. After seeing a naturopathic food allergy tester, I had to make a huge shift in what I put into my mouth.

    Now I am out of a job and we’ve moved to a new city. It’s really hard to buy organic in Canada and keep a tight budget. I am reading labels and I’ve learned to read meticulously and make sure that things aren’t refined and modified. I try to buy as much organic as possible, but right now it’s almost impossible.

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    Susan — January 19, 2011 @ 8:33 PM

    I used to never buy organic ingredients. But, now I would say my diet is about 40% organic. I will buy organic if it is available, and it is more and more. I do enjoy shopping at my local Farmer’s Market where the fruits and vegetables are organic.

    susanbillietaylor [at] gmail [dot] com

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    Hanaa — January 19, 2011 @ 8:38 PM

    I buy organic when I can and the price is reasonable (aka “on sale”). The banana bread is wonderfully moist. Too bad I can’t have coconut oil (allergies!).

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    Lisa {Smart Food and — January 21, 2011 @ 2:01 PM

    My kids love banana nut bread. I buy organic when the price is right, but on the foods we eat 80% of the time such as milk, tomatoes, eggs I almost always buy organic.

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    KATHLEEN ERBE — January 24, 2011 @ 8:18 AM

    O MY CUPCAKES!!! Organic all the way. I have a lot of health issues, and this is the only way that I can eat, and my daughter also. blessings, redraven

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    tracy jo — August 23, 2011 @ 7:10 AM

    YUM : ) I am going to make this today and if it tastes as good as it looks, Which I AM sure it will I will be in heaven ~

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    Andrea — February 2, 2012 @ 6:41 AM

    Can I substitute the butter with more coconut oil and the buttermilk with say…coconut creamer?

    thanx, Andrea

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    Lori Lange — February 2, 2012 @ 11:29 AM

    I’m not certain about what to recommend re: those changes, but you can contact the cookbook author and ask her… I’m sure Carrie would be happy to help. http://deliciouslyorganic.net/

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    Ashley — July 27, 2013 @ 8:40 AM

    I usually always buy organic. I think what you eat is more important than anything else. You are what you eat, isnt your life worth investing in? People say they can’t afford it but they drive new cats, wear coach and latest fashions and so on.., I could care less about my image.

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    Kristen — December 25, 2013 @ 6:11 PM

    Came across this bananna bread recipe, used all organic ingredients as suggested including shredded zucchini that we froze from our garden this summer. I have to say it was THE BEST bananna bread I ever made! Great recipe.. Thank you!!