Dress up your banana bread with nuts, spices or chocolate


The recipe below for banana nut bread is from the

The recipe below for banana nut bread is from the "Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs."
Photo by: Daniel J. van Ackere/America's Test Kitchan via AP



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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. 






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.



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