I don’t know how it happens but every single week I buy bananas at the grocery store and we never seem to eat all of them. The weather finally turned crisp this weekend so I figured it was the perfect time to use those extra ripe bananas to make some banana nut bread! Now, banana nut bread is one of my favorites and, like I mentioned, we usually always have extra ripe bananas in our fruit bowl, so I have tried a lot of different recipes. I’ve tried some really good ones, that were full of things that aren’t necessarily good for you, and I’ve tried some really bad ones. So yesterday I set out to make a really good loaf of banana nut bread that wasn’t full of fat and added sugar and boy did I come up with a good one for you! This bread cooks up so nicely and is so moist and fragrant! It tastes like it is full of fat and sugar but it doesn’t have the guilt!
As I’ve shared here many times before, I have been trying to make healthier choices for my family. Included in that is choosing products and ingredients that are fresh and free from added ingredients. When looking for ingredients, I look for the Real California Milk seal on my dairy products. When I see this seal, I know that what I am buying is from an American farm and a collection of farmers committed to producing quality milk. Additionally, Real California Milk is dedicated to nourishing families and communities so I feel good about purchasing a product that in turn supports an organization that helps others. Real California Milk has recently launched it’s Spot the Seal campaign. Every time someone shares a picture on social media of the Real California Milk seal and uses the hashtag #sealsforgood on IG, Real California Milk will donate $5 to the Great American Milk drive to help families devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. So when you go to pick up ingredients to make your banana nut bread, make sure to look for the Real California Milk seal and share a picture! Not only will you get to make this yummy bread but you’ll also be helping to give back in a time when we so desperately need to!
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Optional: 1/2 cup other mix-ins such as raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.
- Preheat over to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease your 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mix the butter, honey and yogurt together until smooth. Mix in the bananas, milk and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to your wet mixture and stir until all of the flour is combined.
- If you are adding nuts or extra add-ins, fold them into your batter.
- Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Lightly sprinkle some additional cinnamon onto the top and use the tip of a knife to swirl the cinnamon into the batter.
- Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.