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Delicious and easy banana bread recipe

Posted March 5, 2010

I had some very ripe bananas I needed to use last night so I whipped up a loaf of this easy and delicious banana bread. I made a couple changes to increase the health benefits and the taste was still just as good. I replaced 1/2 the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and I added less sugar. I think that next time I make this I will reduce the butter by 1/2 and add 2 tablespoons of applesauce (which I often do when baking).

We all enjoyed having a piece of the bread for breakfast topped with some light cream cheese.

First is the version of this recipe that I made last night.  Below that is the original version from SimplyRecipes.com.  You can also see the original recipe at the link in the box.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe

4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda and a pinch of salt
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mash peeled bananas in large mixing bowl with fork. Melt butter in microwave for approx. 40 seconds. Mix melted butter into the mashed bananas. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in the flour. Pour mixture into a 5" X 9" loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes. After baking for 45 minutes,  cover pan loosely with tin foil to prevent top from burning. Bake an additional 15 minutes.  Total cooking time is 1 hour. Cool for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!


Original Banana Bread recipe from SimplyRecipes.com:

Banana Bread Recipe

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 8, 2010

    I agree about produce prices Nancy. Now is a great time to start planning your summer garden to cut produce costs even more!

  • Nancy Mar 8, 2010

    I agree, produce prices keep climbing, according to one HT produce manager, he told me between the flooding in California and the other weather conditions for US produce sources, it's been a rough year.

    Hopefully we'll have a decent growing season soon and produce and fruit will be reasonable again - although with the cost of transport constantly rising, best to buy local what can be produced locally.

  • wralfan1 Mar 7, 2010

    They were selling 100 ripe bananas at Raleigh Farmers market this saturday(March 6th) for 5$. Just in right time the recipe is posted. I also bought apples too(kind of expensive though) DOnt even ask abt the price of tomatoes and Onions. All prices are going up.
    But thank you for sharing the recipe. U can imagine what I will be doing when kids go out to play :-)

    Missed drug store deals :-(

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 6, 2010

    Sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Nancy Mar 6, 2010

    Faye - all I do is buy a mix of sweet apples (Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, etc) and use about 8 -10 lbs of apples. Peel, cut out core and put in a large pot over low/low-med heat. I add lots and lots of cinnamon before cooking them. I let them simmer without adding any fluid as they will juice enough.

    Occasionally stir them so that those on the bottom are brought to the top etc. Once the apples can easily be broken apart by a wooden spoon, they're done!

    I pour them into a large bowl and mash them to the consistency preferred. I simply use a large serving fork to mash them.

    Then I taste them. I add very small amounts of sugar and stir, taste again. I have never had to add more than 1/8 cup of sugar per batch.

    You can portion and freeze this quite well too! When using frozen, I set out on the counter to thaw then into the fridge they go. When apples are on sale, that's when the next batch gets made :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 5, 2010

    Care to share that applesauce recipe, Nancy? Would love to try it! I love to dip Boca veggie sausage links into applesauce for breakfast.

  • Nancy Mar 5, 2010

    Funny you should mention banana bread Faye :) I bought bananas that I am just about ready to turn into the same, waiting for them to ripen nicely brown to mash for the bread! Love homemade banana bread.

    Goes well with a side dish of homemade applesauce too - I've been making it since late summer and freezing it, we eat it constantly. Natural with less than 1/8 cup of sugar to 8-10 lbs of apples. So good!

  • t0tAlChA0s Mar 5, 2010

    Yummy! You are making my hungry and it's not dinner time yet! I can't wait to try it.