simple banana bread.

No frills– just tasty, wholesome banana bread.

I got this recipe from King Arthur Flour, and it rocks. While I love a good chocolate chip banana bread or a banana loaf sprinkled with walnuts, deep down all I really crave is simple banana bread. This one fits the bill and manages to be healthier than most!

Have a very happy, cozy Sunday.

lv, molly

P.S. I may or may not have consumed a piece of this while watching Never Been Kissed. How is it even more ridiculous than I remember?

P.P.S. Notice our new compost bin? It has a rooster on it. Obviously, I spent too long on Amazon in order to find it. This post becomes sadder and sadder!

Whole Grain Banaa Bread

1/2 C canola oil or butter
1/2 C brown sugar, light or dark, firmly packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 medium to large bananas, smashed
1/4 C honey or agave
2 large eggs
2 C white whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ or 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter/oil and sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and bananas, beating until well-combined.

Beat in the honey and eggs. Add the flour, stirring until smooth.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Bake the bread for 40 minutes, then gently lay a piece of aluminum foil across the top, to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, then remove the bread from the oven; a long toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.

Allow the loaf to cool for 10 minutes; then remove it from the pan, and set it on a rack to cool completely.

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