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That’s Bananas!

June 30, 2011

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?!

No?

Oh.

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

Ingredients:

2-3 ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

pinch salt

1.5 cups flour

1 T cinnamon

1/2 T nutmeg

mix-ins (nuts, chocolate chips, etc)–optional

Directions:

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 ; )

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2011 4:15 pm

    I love banana bread…I use my mother’s recipe and always will. It’s a comfort food (even though I only eat one slice…what? I like the way it makes my house smell)!…

  2. Nick permalink
    July 2, 2011 7:34 pm

    WHY NOT ME?! 😉

    • July 2, 2011 10:34 pm

      Don’t worry, Freckles. I froze some! It’ll be waiting for you when you get here on Monday! ❤

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