This post written by the original Ebby.
I love bananas. Always have. So why do my children have such a distaste for them? I cannot understand this line of reasoning. Who doesn't like bananas? My life would be so much easier if I could throw bananas in their lunches every day. Or at least a few times a week. I've pleaded, cajoled, begged and bribed to no avail. They won't budge. It still bothers me.
Though I love bananas, there were a few at my house this week that were too far along to eat. Too speckly, too mushy. I admit this may be a bit on the picky side, but I don' t care. The reason I don't care is that I also love banana bread. It's my favorite way to use bananas that are past their prime.
Here's what you'll need for fabulous banana bread.
Throw the butter and sugar in the mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
My butter may have been a tad on the cold side, which is why it didn't get as creamy as it should have. But, that's okay! The recipe will still work, promise.
Add your eggs and give it another good mix.
Now for the fun part. Peel your bananas and mash 'em up with a fork. Take out all of your aggression and stress and anxiety on these bananas. They can take it.
When you are done they will look like this. Kinda gross, I think. But oddly satisfying. Add the mushed up bananas, yogurt and vanilla and mix once again.
Then throw in your flour, baking soda and salt. If you are a rebel like me you will also add chocolate chips. They are really good in this recipe. Trust me.
Mix, pour into pans, bake.
When they are done your house will smell lovely. If your children like bananas they will tug on your skirt and beg for warm slices. But my kids don't like bananas. And I don't wear skirts. So. More for me!
If you smear peanut butter over your chocolate chip banana bread, you have no choice but to have a most wonderful day. Promise!
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C. mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1/3 C. plain yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. chocolate chips (if you're the rebel type)
Beat sugar and butter in a mixing bowl until well combined. Add the eggs and beat again. Add banana, yogurt and vanilla; mix until blended. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Beat at low speed until moist. Add chocolate chips if desired.
Spoon batter into loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until center is set. Cool 10 minutes in pan; remove and cool completely on wire rack.