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Banana bread is no joke around this house!  We like it moist, not too sweet, “yes” to the nuts, and on special occasion, crammed with chocolate chips.  This morning we skipped the chocolate, because my little guy has been having tummy troubles (way too many cherries, got the picture?).  Bananas are always good for that sort of thing, and we happened to have a few brown and mushy specimens that were pretty darn close to slithering away on their own.

Maple, Nut, Banana Bread

Oh, lovely, banana bread… muffins, loaves, mini-loaves… however you bake it, it’s absolutely the best while it’s still warm and all crusty, steamy, gooey and wonderful.  This recipe is one I’ve been perfecting over the past decade or so, using only wholesome, healthy ingredients.  You’re not afraid of a little butter are you?  OK, good, now we can be friends.

The recipe can’t be easier, separately mix the dry and wet ingredients, then gently combine.  In pastry class, we call this the “muffin method” which is how we get that gorgeous, moist crumb.  Just be sure you don’t over mix the batter, or gluten will form and ruin everything.  Well, maybe just make it tough and dense.  Remember, gently.

This recipe make 1 large loaf, or about 12 muffins and 1 mini loaf.  We totally rocked the Thomas the Train muffin liners today, and it was awesome.

Maple, Nut, Banana Bread
Recipe type: Muffin
  • 1½ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbs melted butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Prepare bread pans or muffin pans by greasing or inserting liners.
  3. Melt the butter and allow to cool.
  4. Toast and chop the nuts.
  5. In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt and nuts.
  6. In another bowl, mix the eggs (beaten), melted butter, yogurt, syrup and vanilla.
  7. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and gently fold in to mix. Add chocolate chips, if using.
  8. Pour into prepared pans and put in the oven.
  9. Bake loaf for 45-60 minutes, mini-loaf for 25 minutes and muffins for 20. An inserted toothpick will come out clean when done.

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