Banana bread that actually tastes like banana…Yes, I made banana bread just last week. But, I had some overripe bananas that I never got around to eating. And the recipe that I tried tonight wasslightlydifferent than theoneI used last week. This one is healthier because it calls for wheat flour.What I like about this recipe–or pretty much any recipe for homemade banana bread–is that it actually tastes like banana. This is not the case for banana bread in a box. Boxed banana bread is missing that authentic banana flavor. It’s a flavor that you may not even realize is missing because you’ve been eating banana bread from a box since childhood.Do yourself a favor and try making real banana bread! Or, come over to my house (if you live in
Serves: 12 muffins or one loaf
- 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 overripe bananas (if they’re not ripe, they won’t be sweet enough)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup cold milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) OR 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
- Make sure the oven rack is in the center. Preheat to 400. Smear muffin tins with butter
- Measure the all purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Mix in nuts or poppy seeds (optional).
- Using a stand mixer (preferable), hand mixer, or sturdy whisk, whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy and light yellow–about 5 minutes.
- Add the bananas and continue mixing at a high speed until the bananas are blended with the butter and sugar. With the mixer speed on low, beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the milk and vanilla.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, using the paddle attachment of your mixer on low speed. If you don’t have a mixer, use a wooden spoon. Mix until there is no trace of flour left, butdo not over mix.
- Scoop batter into muffin tins. Fill each tin to the top. Bake on the center rack 35-40 minutes (for big muffins). Less time if you are using a 12 muffin cup tin. Remove as soon as a toothpick inserted deep into the center comes out clean.
- Remove the tin and place it on a wire rack for a few minutes. Then, remove the muffins from the tin and let cool on the wire rack. Enjoy!
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