Dress up your banana bread with nuts, spices or chocolate

January 9, 2019 10:28:42 AM



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.