A good friend of mine is known for her banana bread. Everyone loves it–including her husband and 6 kids– and asks her to bring it to social gatherings. I got the recipe from her, combined it with another banana bread recipe I like and changed it slightly to make it more my style(read, added some healthy variations). We all loved it and both loaves were gone by the following day(they would’ve been gone that evening had I not been monitoring). As a side note, I usually freeze my really ripe bananas in their skin and when I’m ready to make bread, I allow them to thaw on a plate so they don’t get juice all over my counter, and then I slice a side and pour them in the mixing bowl. Other times, I’ll use three ripe bananas, right out of their peels, put them on a plate and mash them with with my potato masher. Both ways taste fabulous. When you mash them, you get some little creamy banana chunks in the bread which I liked as well. Alright, onto the bread:
Go ahead and grind your wheat, gather your eggs, sucanat(or raw sugar), coconut oil, bananas and baking soda. Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together your oil and sucanat with a hand or standing mixer. Add in your eggs(I always crack mine into a bowl first; I found blood in an egg once. And even the best of chefs sometimes get a little egg shell in the mix), yogurt, vanilla, flour and baking soda. Peel your bananas and put them on a plate. Mash them up with a potato masher and stir them in with the rest of your ingredients.
Grease your pan, dump in your mix and bake.
Once it’s done, let it cool for a few minutes, scrape the side with a rubber spatula to make the sides aren’t sticking to the edge and then flip the loaf over onto a cooling rack.
Whole Wheat Banana Bread
3/4 c melted coconut oil or melted butter
2 c Sucanat
4 organic eggs
1/2 c plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
4 c whole white wheat flour (if you’re not used to wheat flour, do one cup white)
2 tsp baking soda
6 bananas, mashed or thawed from the freezer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together oil and sucanat. Add eggs, yogurt, vanilla, flour and baking soda. Stir in mashed bananas. Put in a greased 9 inch loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.