We love bananas in our house and put them on everything. But I get really excited when my bananas start to turn – the blacker and mushier they get the sweeter they become – because then they’re perfect to make Banana Bread. And I’m pretty sure Banana Bread is a serving of fruit, right? So eat it guilt free 😉 If your family is anything like mine, about half way through the baking process when the heady scent of banana bread starts wafting through the house, they’ll start pacing outside the oven like a pack hungry wolves. Just don’t let them dig into it until it cools or they’ll burn their paws. Bon Appetit!
Banana Bread Recipe:
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/4 cup mashed (with a fork) overripe bananas
1 cup plain yogurt or low-fat sour cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or white flour
(Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse on Food Network)
*Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips, walnuts, or raisins. Drizzle with 1-2 tbsp. powdered sugar while cooling.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan (or three mini-loaf pans, adjust cooking time). Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl or electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well. Stir in mashed bananas, plain yogurt or sour cream, and vanilla until blended. Add salt, baking soda and flour until flour disappears. *Fold in chocolate chips, nut or raisins.
Pour into the loaf pan. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until it’s lightly browned and tooth pick comes out clean. Let pan cool on wire rack before removing the bread.
Eat it plain or if you want to make an easy fancy dessert, top with Vanilla or Dulce de Leche ice cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Yum!
Yum! It makes me hungry just reading this. I love banana bread too! The sour cream is something new for me.
Let’s get this straight: chocolate chips are not optional. And now you’ve made me really hungry. Pass the sour cream, please.
Christina Simon says
This is one of my all-time favorite food! Your recipe looks so good. I can’t wait to make it!
I have to agree with BHMom, chocolate chips are not optional, and 1/2 cup is just a good starting place. Totally agree that banana bread counts as a serving of fruit, and the whole wheat flour basically qualifies this as health food. Thanks CG!
Donna Tetreault says
Yes, my family is like yours, love banana bread and stir around the kitchen for the first bite! Can’t wait to try out your recipe!
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Carpool Goddess says
Enjoy ladies! Let me know how you like it.