whole wheat banana bread

There's definitely a time and a place for sweet banana bread that tastes like a treat.  The banana bread that I've made in the past that I consider to be a real winner is just that.  This banana bread however is less sweet and is best toasted with some butter on top.  Or, if you're a Mom who is conscious of how much sugar their child takes in, you just give this to them straight up and are thankful there is only whole wheat flour and a little brown sugar in it.  No white flour.  No white sugar.  

I admit that I'm totally that Mom that is worried about Anderson getting too used to sweets and one day figuring out that peas and carrots aren't the sweetest things after all.  Believe me the kid has tasted ice cream and even got some today, but overall I want him to be eating 'normal' food that isn't catered to thinking, "oh he won't like this unless it's sweet."  I could probably get on a soap box and talk about my thoughts on that subject for awhile which would inevitably lead me to talk about kid's menu's and why I think those are silly too.  I don't think the price or portions are silly, but the concept of them needing a hot dog or pizza in order to eat is mainstream thinking that I wish would change.

This recipe is great for all of you out there who share the same opinions I do, or those of you out there who are so healthy conscious that you don't like cooking with white flour and sugar yourself.  I commend you and hope to be more like you someday.  I have a feeling that I'll be making some more health-full snacks for the little man in the days and months to come so if that's your thing, get excited.

Here's the recipe thanks to and loosely adapted from Good Housekeeping.

Ingredient's You'll Need
  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas- about 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk plus 2 dashes of vinegar to make butternilk, or just use buttermilk
  • 3 T. vegetable oil
1.  If you're making your own buttermilk combine the milk and just a few dashes of vinegar.  If not just go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 and coat a loaf pan with cooking spray or butter and flour it.

2.  In a medium bowl whisk together the flour through cinnamon.  In a mixer mix the sugar and eggs for about 2 minutes then add in your bananas, buttermilk, and oil.  

3. Pour the batter into a prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Mine cooked quickly so you may want to check after 45 minutes of baking.

Enjoy this warm or toasted with butter.  Eat a slice with a cup of coffee and have a nice day!

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