Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whole Wheat Banana Bread




Everyone needs a go-to banana bread recipe. This is mine and, in my humble opinion, it is amazing. I discovered it a couple years ago when I was on a big "no white flour" kick and was so surprised by how moist and delicious this bread was. And it stayed moist and delicious for days to come! I'm a simple girl, preferring my banana bread without any additions, but if you're looking for something to take this to the next level, add some dark chocolate chips. And if you're really looking to get crazy, add some walnuts. Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Banana Bread
From wholegraingourmet.com
Yield: one 9" x 5" loaf
Prep Time: about 10 minutes
Baking Time: about 50 minutes
Total Time: about 1 hour

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed over-ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup hot (not boiling) water
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with butter.

Combine flour, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine butter, honey, and sugar, and beat for two minutes. Add the eggs and lightly beat until just combined. Mix in bananas and vanilla. Do not overmix. Gradually beat in the flour mixture in thirds.

Dilute baking soda in 1/4 cup hot water, then beat into batter.

If desired, you may stir in, with a wooden spoon, chocolate chips and/or nuts at this point. I recommend using about 1/2 cup of each.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 325 degrees for 52 minutes. (I know every oven is different and 52 minutes seems quite 'exact'. But this was the directions stated in the original recipe, and it was the perfect amount of time for me. This said, I still recommend checking at about 47 minutes for doneness, by inserting a knife to see if it comes out clean.)

Place on a wire rack to cool and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

3 comments:

Monse Fuentes said...

this looks delicious!!



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Karishma said...

I'm a whole-wheat trip right now. SO I'm definitely going to give this recipe a shot. Thank you. :)

Melanie said...

I am a whole wheat kind of girl myself, and this looks great! Thank you!