Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Happy Saturday!

I’m sharing one of my favorites with you today—homemade BANANA BREAD. Take a look around your kitchen, do you see bananas that are a little too ripe to peel and eat—perfect—those are the kind you need for this recipe. If instead yours are still pretty yellow, save them, I promise it’s so worth it! To make this bread I like to think we use somewhat healthy ingredients, I mean we also use chocolate chips and maple syrup but it’s all about balance right? If you give it a try your entire house with fill up with the most delicious smell as it is baking. Also it’s really easy so, let’s get to it!

We often make two loafs at a time because they really do not last long! But if you would rather just make one cut the ingredients in half, or you could always be extra nice and gift the second loaf!

Banana Bread

What you need for two loafs:

6 browning bananas

2 eggs

2/3 cup plain greek yogurt

4 tablespoons coconut oil
Make sure your oil is warm enough that it is at a liquid consistancy so it mixes in well with the other ingredients. It will also help if your other ingredients are around room temperature before adding the oil as it will be less likely to solidify when mixed.

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 cups white whole wheat flour

10 oz bag of chocolate chips

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Step One: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease your two 8×4″ loaf pans with baking spray.

Step Two: Peel your bananas and place them into a large bowl. Mash them all up until they look nice and smooth. Once smooth whisk in the eggs. Then add the yogurt and oil and whisk again.

Banana Bread — Mashing Bananas

Step Three: Add the brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla for one final whisk. Add the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and stir until combined.

Banana Bread - Add Cinnamon

Step Four: Gently add the flour and stir until just barely combined.

Banana Bread - Add Flour

Step Five: Fold in one of the best parts, the chocolate chips!

Banana Bread - Add Chocolate Chips

Step Six: Scrape the goods into your prepared pans.

Banana Bread — in pans

Step Seven: Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top and place into the oven.

Banana Bread — Walnuts

Step Eight: Now you wait 50–60 minutes, this is when your house will start to smell amazing! Check your loafs once they have been in for 35 minutes, if you feel like the bread is browning too quickly you can make a tent out of foil to gently cover the loafs. After around 40 minutes have passed start to check the center of your bread with a toothpick. Once the toothpick comes out clean they are done! Remove from the oven and place the pans on a wire rack to cool for about 15 minutes.

Step Nine: Remove them from the pans and place back on the wire rack to finish cooling.

Banana Bread — Cooling

Step Ten: Admire how delicious these look as you continue to wait for them to cool down. For best slicing you really do have to wait until they are pretty cool. If you could care less about them slicing well and just need to eat some while they are still a little warm I completely support that.

Banana Bread — Close Up

Step Eleven: Slice up, and seriously enjoy.

Banana Bread — Sliced

Freshly baked banana bread is to die for. My favorite time to make this is first thing in the morning. It’s just such a good way to get your day started with your favorite people or person and who doesn’t want to wake up to the smell of something delicious. Get out and grab the ingredients today so you can start your Sunday off in the best way.

All my love and I hope you all have such a wonderful weekend.

xo | sm

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