I received a vitamix for our anniversary and wanted to try using it to bake something.I thought banana bread was an easy recipe to start with. I like looking for ways to "tweak" my recipes & my husband loves apricots so I decided to put some in my banana bread. The results? Scrumptious! Hubby said "Save that recipe!" So.... here it is! Enjoy.
1Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2Put yogurt,eggs, shortening, bananas, apricots, & vanilla in vitamix and pulse until blended and apricots chopped.
Alternately, you can cream all ingredients, except apricots together in a mixer. Chop the apricots and add with the nuts.
3Fold creamed mixture into flour mixture. Stirring just until blended.
4Stir in nuts and chopped apricots.
5Pour into a greased and lightly floured loaf pan. (Hint: Cut a strip of parchment paper the width of the loaf pan, making sure ends extend over sides of pan. Grease & flour pan, then pour batter in. Makes it real easy to remove from pan after baking.)
6Bake in 350 degree oven for approx. 1 hr. 25 minutes or until toothpick stuck in center of loaf comes out clean.
7Remove from pan & cool on wire rack until completely cooled before wrapping.