Remember those bad bananas I mentioned in the Whole Foods article? Well, I put those babies to use in the best way I could think of: banana bread. Originally, I searched the internet for “healthy” banana bread versions and found plenty with wheat flour, flax seed, egg white….but ultimately I decided to keep it simple, and therefore delicious! I used a recipe I found on Oh She Glows. She has some incredible pictures to go along with her recipe. The only difference is she used chocolate chips, not walnuts. Here are the ingredients:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
First step was to mash the bananas. These were some seriously overripe bananas. They basically fell apart when I picked them up. Kinda gross…but good for bread!
Then, I mixed together the brown sugar and softened butter.
Next, I stirred in 1 egg at a time and added the banana and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, I stirred together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Once mixed, I slowly added the flour mixture to the banana bowl and mixed.
The last step, (which is optional), was chopping up some walnuts and folding them into the bread batter.
Finally, I poured the batter into a greased bread loaf pan and placed it into a pre-heated 350 degree oven. I baked it for about an hour. As the hour approached, I checked it a couple times by inserting the end of a toothpick into the bread. When it came out clean, it was done!
Well, the bread turned out pretty good! I think I may have cooked it a little too long so maybe next time I’ll cook in less time. But it’s still pretty darn good!