Banana Bread

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat, Shen Calming

Banana Bread

by Alex Herman

Ingredients: (makes 1 loaf)

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1 ¾ C Flour
1 ½ C Sugar
1 C Chopped Walnuts
½ C Vegetable Oil
¼ C + 1 Tbs buttermilk
1 Tsp Vanilla
½ Tsp salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda

Grease and Flour a 9×5 inch pan
Combine all ingredients and mix
Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes
Do not double recipe


Banana: Cold and sweet, Clears heat, lubricates lungs and intestines, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate alcohol intoxication.

Eggs: Cool and sweet, Nourishes yin, tonifies blood, lubricates dryness and stablizes hyperactive fetus.

Whole Wheat Flour: Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, promotes diuresis, calms spirit and stops sweating

Sugar: cold and sweet

Walnuts (Hu Tao Ren): Slightly warm and sweet, tonifies the kidney, strengthens back, astringes lung, relieves asthma, lubricates intestines, aids erratic or rebellious qi, and reduces cholesterol.

Buttermilk: Neutral and sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness

Salt: Cold, salty, slightly sweet, Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies and acts as a natural preservative.

Overall: This recipe is sweet and moist, lubricating, good for cooling and clearing heat in Lung, calms shen/spirit and good for dry or hot type constipation

CI: Spleen Damp