Banana Bread Gets A Tasty Power Boost

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A clas­sic fa­vorite gets a fla­vor and nu­tri­tion boost from figs and choco­late. (NAPSA)-When thoughts turn to bak­ing and the hol­i­day sea­son, clas­sic ba­nana bread can get a scrump­tious new look and nu­tri­tion power boost with the ad­di­tion of sweet, fiber-rich figs and yummy choco­late morsels. Look­ing for an af­ter-school snack for the kids, a morn­ing treat to en­joy with cof­fee or the per­fect hol­i­day host­ess gift? Cho­co­late Fig Banana Bread de­liv­ers on all counts. Freeze loaves whole or cut into slices and wrap in­di­vid­u­ally in plas­tic wrap to grab out of the freezer for ev­ery­day use. Although it’s likely to be rare, if there are left­overs, Cho­co­late Fig Banana Bread can be used to trans­form bread pud­ding, French toast and lay­ered ice cream par­faits into deca­dent hol­i­day dishes to de­light friends and fam­ily. Use dark pur­ple Mis­sion Figs or Golden Figs; both work equally well in the recipe and add the same power boost of sweet fruit fla­vor, fiber and potas­sium. Keep Cal­i­for­nia Dried Figs on hand for a quick en­ergy-rich snack and sweet ad­di­tion to sal­ads, side dishes and ce­re­als. For more recipes, bak­ing tips, figs and fig prod­ucts, go to the Val­ley Fig Grow­ers web­site, www.val­ley­fig.com.

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