I can’t help but think of my kids when they were little every time I bake banana bread. Both my son and my daughter loved it. They still do. I used to make it more often back then because it just seemed like a healthy snack that I knew they’d love. To make it easier for their little hands to eat, I’d always cut their slice into fingers; just strips about an inch wide so that they’d be able to pick it up easily. It’s a joke in our house. Anytime I ask if they’d like a slice, I quietly cut it into those fingers before sliding it in front of them. They both get the same nostalgic, sweet grin on their faces. It’s those moments when you wish time would just slow down already!
So, who knew talking about banana bread would get me so emotional?
This bread has changed over the years. Back then, I made this only with all purpose flour, much more sugar and oil and didn’t use any spices. I think of this as my grown up banana bread! But, no matter how grown up I am, or my kids are…I still cut our slices into fingers!
1 C. all purpose flour
2/3 C. whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
3/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. canola oil (or melted coconut oil)
3 T. yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt)
1 T. vanilla extract
4 bananas, mashed
1/2 C. walnuts, chopped (optional)
1 T. turbinado sugar (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line one loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar together. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the oil, yogurt and vanilla extract. Add the banana and mix well.
Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture, add the walnuts and mix with a spoon just until combined.
Pour into the prepared loaf pan and if you’d like, I run a knife gently down the top of the loaf, then sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes.
Makes one loaf.
- I like to sprinkle that bit of turbinado sugar on top for a couple of reasons. Most banana bread recipes use 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Since I reduce the sugar in my recipe, I think the turbinado on the surface hits your tongue and kind of gives you that sweet crunch that satisfies your sweet tooth. Using the turbinado is optional, though. The bread is still delicious without it.