Let’s get real. The best part about baking with fruits or vegetables is deluding yourself into thinking that what you’ve created is healthy. It doesn’t matter that you used a stick of butter in that carrot cake! Or over a cup of sugar! It’s called carrot cake! Carrots are vegetables! Vegetables cancel out everything else, right?!
Well, I still utilize lots of fruits and veggies in my baked goods. They might not negate the fat or sugar content, but I guess a little bit of something healthy is better than nothing!
One of my all time favorite baking recipes also happens to be one of the easiest (and most customizable) I’ve ever used: good, old-fashioned banana bread. Think about all the things you can do with banana bread:
- add (or subtract) nuts
- add (or subtract) chocolate chips
- add (or subtract) peanut butter or (swoon) Nutella
- add (or subtract) cream cheese frosting or brown sugar glaze (but really, why would you subtract either of those things?).
Or, you could just keep it simple:
Simply Bananas Banana Bread
2-3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups flour
1 T cinnamon
1/2 T nutmeg
mix-ins (nuts, chocolate chips, etc)–optional
1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. Mix melted butter and bananas in medium bowl. Add in sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix until combined.
3. Mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in small bowl, then gradually add to wet mixture. Stir until combined, but do not over mix. Stir in mix-ins if desired.
4. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake at 350* for 35-45 minutes (or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).
This bread may not be a health food, but it is hearty, filling, and simply delicious.
And none of those things need to be canceled out ; )