I am very much an early bird. Nothing makes me happier than being up before anyone else, enjoying the silence and occasionally a serene breakfast before the city wakes up. Recently, my partner and I were housesitting out in the country. The house has a great view of the mountains and a giant porch that just begs for an early morning breakfast while watching the cows graze and the dogs chase after each other (perfect, right?). The one thing that is required in a situation like this is some tea/coffee and a giant piece of warm banana bread. So, of course, I made a giant loaf of my favorite banana bread.
This banana bread is SUPER moist so you don’t really need butter but…there’s nothing better than salted butter on some sweet banana bread.
What you need:
- 4 medium sized over ripe bananas (you can ripe bananas in the oven! It makes your house smell dreamy)
- 5 cups whole wheat or AP flour
- ½ cup coconut oil or any vegetable oil
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 5 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 5 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- ~1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt
What to do:
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Butter your baking dish, I used just a regular sized bread loaf pan
- Combine bananas & sugar in a mixer and beat until combined (you can use a potato masher or even a fork)
- Add in vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oil to the mixture and mix until combined
- Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and stir until just combined
- At this point you can add any additional things: mini chocolate chips, nuts, sunflower seeds, or my favorite, some fresh banana that’s chopped in medium sized pieces (about 1 banana).
- Pour the mixture into your pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
- Promptly enjoy with some salted butter (I usually just add some salt to my earth balance before buttering the bread) or all by itself, preferably in a nice quiet place with a good book or view.