Happy belated New Years! New year new you- right!? After indulging over the holidays did you plan to start fresh with healthy choices, dark leafy greens, and BANANAS? Perhaps you did, you went out and filled your pantry with the good stuff........
And now maybe your back to pizza for lunch and those bananas are slowly turning that lovely shade of brown. Here is exactly what to do with them! Finely chop walnuts and add them to this bread, it gives it what it neeeds. OR if you've really fallen off the healthy wagon or perhaps never attempted to jump on, skip the nuts and add chocolate chips. This bread is awesome all by it's lonesome, but gets taken to a another level when you toast it and smear a little butter or cream cheese on top (or both?)! From here!
banana walnut bread:
1 1/2 cups a.p flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
3 1/2 cups ripe mashed bananas (3 or 4 'naners)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips
Spray and line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 350.
Sift all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside. In a mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, beat eggs and sugar on a medium speed for 5 minutes. Scrape the bowl. Turn to low and slowly drizzle in oil. This should take 1 minute, go slow! Scrape bowl when finished. Next mix in banana, sour cream and vanilla. Mix on low just to combine. Next using a spatula, fold the dry mix into your banana mixture. Mix throughly so you don't have any pockets or lumps of flour throughout. Lastly, fold in walnuts or chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, or till a tester comes out clean. Rotate halfway through and be sure to check after 45 minutes or so. If you feel the top is getting to dark you can loosely cover it with foil, this will keep the bread cooking but not let the top get any brown-er! Let cool completely before taking out of the pan.