Dress up your banana bread with nuts, spices or chocolate

January 9, 2019 10:28:42 AM

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One of the best ways to serve banana bread is with toasted nuts. Toasting nuts in the oven makes them taste better. Spread the nuts out on a rimmed baking sheet and heat the nuts in a 350 F oven until you can smell them, which takes about 5 minutes. Once the nuts cool, chop and stir them into the batter for any cake, cookie, muffin or quick bread. Follow this recipe with your kids. 

 

 

 

BANANA BREAD 

 

Servings: 10 

 

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus cooling time 

 

 

 

Vegetable oil spray 

 

2 cups all-purpose flour 

 

3/4 teaspoon baking soda 

 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

 

3 very ripe bananas (skins should be speckled black) 

 

3/4 cup sugar 

 

2 large eggs 

 

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 

 

1/4 cup plain yogurt 

 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

 

Gather Cooking Equipment 

 

8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch metal loaf pan 

 

2 bowls (1 medium, 1 large) 

 

 

 

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 F. Spray bottom and sides of 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch metal loaf pan with vegetable oil spray. 

     

  • In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. 

     

  • Peel bananas and place in large bowl. Use large fork or potato masher to mash bananas until broken down but still chunky. 

     

  • Add sugar, eggs, melted butter, yogurt, and vanilla to bowl with bananas and whisk until combined. 

     

  • Add flour mixture and use rubber spatula to gently stir until just combined and no dry flour is visible. Do not overmix_batter should look thick and chunky. Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into greased loaf pan and smooth top. 

     

  • Place loaf pan in oven. Bake until banana bread is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. 

     

  • Use oven mitts to remove banana bread from oven (ask an adult for help). Place loaf pan on cooling rack and let banana bread cool in pan for 15 minutes. 

     

  • Use oven mitts to carefully turn loaf pan on its side and remove banana bread from pan. Let banana bread cool on cooling rack for at least 1 hour. Transfer to cutting board, slice, and serve. 

     

  • Dress up the bread with nuts, spices, citrus zest or chocolate. For nutty banana bread, stir 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped, into batter along with the flour mixture. For chocolate chip banana bread, stir 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips into batter along with flour mixture.  

     

    Nutrition information per serving: 260 calories; 74 calories from fat; 8 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 62 mg cholesterol; 228 mg sodium; 43 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 20 g sugar; 4 g protein.