Best Banana Bread EVER

 Banana bread - made into muffins in an effort to curb my portion size. Failure but they were oh so tasty!

Banana bread - made into muffins in an effort to curb my portion size. Failure but they were oh so tasty!

Quite the lofty recipe name but it is the best. Really. I have tried other recipes and they just don't cut it. Oh sure, some may be less carbs, less calories but they are also less taste.

I'm not bragging. (yes, I am) It's that good.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (I used Land O' Lakes)
  • 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5-9 ripe bananas*
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur)
  • 3/4 cup wheat flour

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy - about 4-5 minutes. (yes, it's worth the wait to cream it well)
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and bananas*. Blend well.
  4. Add soda, salt and flour.
  5. Pour into two greased loaf pans. Can also use 1 loaf pan, and muffin tin, small loaf pans, etc. Whatever trips your trigger but be sure to adjust baking time appropriately.
  6. Bake for one hour or until toothpick comes out clean (if you make muffins, bake approximately 20 minutes).

* Let's address the banana issue. You'll note I said 5-9 ripe bananas. I've used less than 5 and it's never really banana-y enough. I've used more than 9 and it messed with the recipe. 5 to 9 seems to be a really good fit. Today I'm making this and I have 7 bananas so that's what I'll use.

Also, I have a KitchenAid mixer so I don't cut the bananas, just peel and toss into the mixer (be sure it's locked in place). If you don't have a workhorse mixer, you may want to cut the banana up a bit before you add.

You also have other options of adding all white sugar instead of a mix of white and brown. Same with the flour - wheat pastry flour, all wheat flour... Do what makes you happy and feels right.

NUTRITION: BASED ON 24 SLICES

215 calories, 8g total fat, 41mg cholesterol, 1164mg sodium, 185mg potassium, 35g carbs, 3g protein