Oh Noes! My Bananas!

So I looked on my counter today and this is what I found. An all too familiar sight in our house. Those last few bananas, overripe and left for dead.

Then an all too familiar thought goes through my head that says, “Make them into banana bread.” A thought that typically gets pushed to the side like these poor bananas, until I finally throw them in the garbage realizing there is no hope for them.

But not today! Oh no, I’m going to rejuvenate these babies this time! I owe a thanks to Culinary Cowgirl whose post and pretty banana bread motivated me to try out her recipe and use the bananas this time.

  • Banana Bread (adapted from the Joy of Cooking)
    • 1 C flour
    • 1/3 C whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 6 T butter
    • 2/3 C sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 3 overripe bananas
    • Additional extras, if desired
    • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
    • Add eggs and vanilla, beating until well blended.
    • Fold in mashed bananas.
    • Add flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder, stirring until combined. At this point add any additional extras you may have.
    • Scrape batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan.

Here’s the batter before going into the oven…

And here’s how it came out…

Although the bread was tasty, I immediately got docked for having no nuts in it. (Dang, fail..) What is this thing you call Banana Bread with no nuts?! Apparently Banana Nut Bread is the only Banana Bread. I wish I would have added some because a little crunchy nutty flavor within is never a bad thing. Next fail was me removing the loaf from the pan before it had cooled, which left the bottom of the banana bread in my loaf pan. I’m still not sure if that was the reason it stuck or if it was my lack of “additional extras”, but either way this banana bread was very moist…which was good. And using this recipe is a good way to get some wheat into your family’s diet in a very unoffensive manner in case they aren’t good sports about it.

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2 Responses to “Oh Noes! My Bananas!”

  1. Oh, I am glad this recipe came in handy for you. As for not having nuts…well, I like it just fine without them…but they do add a certain consistency that’s trademark of the bread :)

  2. Culinary Cowgirl – Yep, yummy without nuts, but the family won’t have any part in that. So next time nuts will be mandatory.

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