Banana Bread

I mentioned yesterday that I have been trying to save a little money on my groceries lately. I was inspired by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom to go to the store and look for the clearance deals. I have been getting some great deals on meats, bread, yogurt, and milk. Yesterday morning I happened upon some clearance out bananas, and I decided that it would be really fun to make some banana bread.

I haven’t been able to bake in a while because I’ve been so busy. But I really enjoy baking, it’s one of my favorite things to do. There’s something fun about making something from scratch and feeding it to your family. I also occasionally try new things (and fail) and torture my family by making them eat them, so there’s also that.

When I got home from the store, I went looking for a recipe for banana bread. Over the years I have tried a lot of recipes for banana bread. Some of them have been awesome, especially the ones that contain cream cheese. Because cream cheese makes everything better. I found this recipe on the Kitchn. I have used many recipes from here before when I was making dinner or cooking something from scratch. The recipes on this site are always really reliable.

Something that I really liked about this recipe is that you were able to sub out some of the ingredients for more healthy options. I decided that instead of using white sugar that I would try to use my coconut sugar. It has  been sitting in my pantry for a while and I really needed to use it.

That was the only substitution that I made yesterday but I was thinking that you could also say about coconut oil for the butter if you wanted to. You could also use brown sugar instead of coconut or white sugar. I really think that the coconut sugar gave it a lot of flavor. I also didn’t completely mash my bananas so there are some chunks of banana in the bread. I personally think the big chunks make the bread even better .

Some ideas for using your banana bread :

Send it to lunch with your kids.

Have a slice for breakfast with your coffee or tea.

Use it as a dessert or serve it with ice cream.

Add some chocolate chips and make muffins for the kids breakfast or lunches.

Serve it as a side at dinner.

You can find the original recipe here.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread
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  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Coconut sugar
  • A little bit of sugar to sprinkle on top
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas, very ripe
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips

  1. Arrange a rack in the bottom third of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line an 8x5-inch loafpan
  2. with parchment paper, letting the excess hang over the long sides to form a sling. Spray the inside with cooking spray.
  3. If using nuts, toast them in the oven for 10 minutes as the oven is pre-heating.
  4. Melt the butter in the microwave or you can substitute coconut oil.
  5. Combine the butter and sugar. Place the melted butter and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until combined. (You can also use a stand mixer)
  6. Add the eggs. Mix until completely combined and the mixture is smooth.
  7. Add the milk and vanilla, mix in.
  8. Mash in the bananas. Peel the bananas and add them to the bowl. Using the end of the whisk or a dinner fork, mash them into the batter. Leave the bananas as chunky or as smooth as you prefer. If you prefer an entirely smooth banana bread, mash the bananas.
  9. Fold in the nuts or chocolate, if using.
  10. Scatter the nuts or chocolate over the batter and gently fold them in. separately until no more lumps remain, and then whisk them into the batter.
  11. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.

Yield: 8


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