AKA – what to do with quickly deteriorating bananas.
Somehow, whenever I buy bananas for our household, I always end up with at least four that don’t get eaten and instead sit in the bowl just turning darker shades of brown with each passing day. I don’t know why that is, maybe I buy too many? Luckily, I love anything that gives me a good excuse to bake so I’m pretty okay with it 🙂
I especially love baking when I know I’m preparing something that offers a little nutrition. Let’s take a look at what this banana bread offers:
* I use whole grain flour (King Arthur white whole wheat is my favorite!) when I bake which provides vitamins, minerals and fiber.
* The bananas also provide vitamins and minerals including potassium and vitamin C.
* Finally, the walnuts are rich in vitamin E and are an excellent plant-based source of omega-3. Plus, they add a little more protein to the bread!
So go ahead and add this to breakfast or snack – I’d recommend serving with some greek yogurt and fruit to round it out for a meal. But you should also do yourself a favor and eat a slice warm from the oven!
Just be careful – it goes fast! So hide it away if you want it all to yourself 🙂 It also freezes well so you can pull out a piece each time a craving hits if you prefer.
- 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x5x3in bread pan.
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time and then add vanilla. Add bananas (batter will appear curdled, but that's okay).
- Gently fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients mixing until just combined. Fold in walnuts.
- Add batter to greased bread pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.