Sunday, July 27, 2008

Banana Bread

After spending an awesome afternoon at the Del Mar races with friends, we arrived home exhausted. You know, the kind of tired you feel after not doing anything except talking and eating for hours on end in the sun? A good, not very hard earned kind of exhausted.

Gabi and I decided it was the perfect time to EAT EVEN MORE and make some banana bread.

I've been promising her that we'd make banana bread for ages. We buy the bananas, wait for them to over-ripen, and then forget about them until they are a shriveled black gooey mess. So then we have to throw them away and buy more, and the process repeats itself.

Finally, we caught the bananas before they shriveled up! So into the kitchen we went and whipped up our quick treat.

We used a really great Banana Bread recipe from Laurel's Kitchen (one of my favorite cookbooks) that uses whole wheat flour and wheat germ. It's so easy to make, and tastes down home delicious.

Laurel's Kitchen Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas (1 cup mashed)
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup oil or butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup wheat germ
(1 cup chopped dates)
(1 cup toasted nuts)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Mash bananas and mix them with lemon juice until smooth. Cream butter or oil and sugar together and add the banana mix, stirring well.

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix in wheat germ. Add to the banana mix and stir in the dates and nuts if desired.

Turn it into a 4"x8" loaf pan and baked for about 45 minutes. (You can also bake banana bread in an 8"x8" pan, or make 12 cupcakes. Bake these for about 1/2 hour.)
We skipped the dates and nuts and added chocolate chips. We didn't want our sweet treat to be TOO healthy.

When it was finally done, we slathered our piping hot chocolaty banana bread with butter (salted- I've decided that there is no point to buying unsalted butter ever again) and had the best dinner ever.

After losing 2 more pounds this last week, I hope this little indulgence doesn't do too much harm!


  1. Thanks for the recipe! I love banana bread!

  2. wow! that sounds like a really good recipe. I like that you added the chocolate chips. I will have to give this one a try.

  3. My bananas weren't ripe enough this morning to copy you and make banana bread, so instead I made a batch of oatmeal/craisin cookies! Yum!

  4. Wow, that looks sooo good, and even better, you made it in a way I would love to eat without the nuts. I can't stand nuts, but I love banana bread, banana cakes... the only thing is that I always take the nuts off, and it's a hassle. I will save your recipe and will make it with chocolate chips like you did, I can smell it already!!! hehe
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Abby and I are all about the chocolate chips too!!! YUM!

    By the way, I tagged you for a meme yesterday - Four Things Tag - if you wanna play...absolutely no pressure. Just thought I'd let ya know. :)


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