Go Bananas

    Posted by  ·  November 7, 2008

    I usually always have bananas on hand for banana bread. How am I able to always have perfectly brown mushy bananas on hand? I keep them in the freezer. Whenever I am stuck with that one spotted banana that no one will eat I throw it in the freezer. I have quite a collection (some get pretty ugly and wrinkly but I still use them).

    Here are my favorite banana bread recipes. The first one is adapted from Allrecipes. This is a yummy moist bread. The chocolate chips send it over the top!

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (left side)

    1 3/4 cups flour
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
    1/2 cup plain yogurt (I have used vanilla flavored in a pinch)
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    3 ripe bananas mashed (you will notice frozen bananas give off some liquid when they are thawing, I just stir them all up and put them in the batter)
    3/4 cup chocolate chips

    Combine oil, yogurt, egg, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt all at once. Stir until just moistened. Fold in mashed bananas and chocolate chips. Pour into large loaf pan (or two smaller). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (less if you are making smaller loaves).

    Now this is my slightly healthier version. It is really delicious too! You don’t miss anything with this recipe!

    Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (right side)

    1cup white flour
    3/4 cup wheat flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt (kosher)
    1/4 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
    1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1/2 cup plain yogurt
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    3 ripe bananas mashed
    3/4 cup chocolate chips

    Combine oil, yogurt, egg, vanilla, applesauce and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt all at once. Stir until just combined. Fold in mashed banana and chocolate chips. Pour into large loaf pan (or two smaller). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean(less if you are making smaller loaves).

    Enjoy! Fall baking has begun!


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    1. Debbi
      Monday, August 2nd, 2010
      Sometimes too, when they're too ripe, I cut up the banana and put it in a ziploc bag in the freezer. That way you can take out some frozen banana chunks to throw into a summer smoothie...yum :)
    2. Rachel S.
      Sunday, January 10th, 2010
      Tried you recipe - and LOVE IT!!!!! I used Bread Flour instead of all-purpose or wheat, I only had vanilla yogurt - so I didn't add vanilla extract, and I only had cinnamon applesauce - but it is super moist and delicious! I have been on a mission for the perfcet banana bread recipe - and viola! Thanks for your awesome blog!
    3. Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
      We're gonna go make this now. One quick comment on the whole wheat one- you listed egg in the instructions. I think you meant the applesauce. I had to come back online and check to make sure.
      • cindylouh
        Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
        oops I did update the recipe. There is an egg in the wheat one also!---sorry!!
    4. Monday, November 17th, 2008
      I use the Betty Crocker cookbook recipe and substitute equal parts mini chocolate chips for the nuts. It comes out delish - and we can't get enough of it!
    5. Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
      My banana chocolate chip muffin recipe is similar to your healthy-fied banana bread. The last 2 times I made them, I accidentally left out the sugar - and the kids still gobbled them up. I think I'll do it on purpose from now on...
    6. Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
      Yum! I do the same thing with bananas. I think those recipes look great! I will have to try them sometime soon.
    7. Monday, November 10th, 2008
      My husband makes the best banana bread in the world, but we gotta try this! By the way up above with the buttons! thats my little girl :)
    8. Saturday, November 8th, 2008
      I keep my bananas in the fridge or freezer too. And my FAVORITE banana bread always has chocolate chips on top! Yummy!

      Happy weekend,
      Melissa
    9. Ad K.
      Saturday, November 8th, 2008
      Love having those bananas in the freezer...so easy to whip up some smoothies, muffins, and yummy banana bread! I have 6 loaf pans and love to spend a morning baking for family and friends. I also bake and after the bread cools, I double wrap and freeze a few for quick gifts. I always have a supply and do clean-up only once.
    10. Saturday, November 8th, 2008
      All this time and I'd NEVER once thought to stick my brown bananas in the freezer. Ugh. Thanks for the tip.
    11. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      I've never made banana bread before because I wasn't to sure on how to go about it. Thanks for this great recipe, I think I may actually give this a try once I save up some old bananas!
    12. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      These recipes look delicious!
    13. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      love it. i make banana bread as well. just that i am a vegetarian so instead of using eggs, i just use apple sauce.
      thanks for the choco chip recepie though! gotta try it that way!
    14. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      Putting butterscotch chips in banana bread is also very yummy.
      julie
    15. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      We are banana bread lovers too. Try it with blueberries, very tasty. I have frozen rhubarb and frozen blueberries, even frozen grapes for snacking, but for some reason I never thought of freezing my old bananas. Silly me. Thanks for mentioning it :)
    16. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      I never thought to freeze the bannanas.We love bannana nut muffins here. I'm going to try our recipe this weekend! Thanks for posting it.
    17. Nancy
      Friday, November 7th, 2008
      That recipe looks yummy, I will have to try it. Just a quick comment from a girl who also freezes bananas and loves banana bread, they are easier to peel if you peel them first, put in a ziploc and then freeze.
    18. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      I do the same thing! I'm so glad I'm not the only one with brown funky bananas in my freezer. :)
    19. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      Wow that chocolate banana bread looks fantastic! YUM!! Thanks for sharing
    20. Audra
      Friday, November 7th, 2008
      I like your way better. I have been peeling and mashing mine first.
    21. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      Wow! You don't peel them first??? I peel mine and throw them in a ziploc, but this looks easier! Thx!!
    22. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      My Aunt Pam thought I was nuts when SHE was digging through MY freezer one day and found a banana. I'm glad to know that SHE'S nuts and we're awesome.

      Frozen bananas? Also good for smoothies.
    23. Friday, November 7th, 2008
      I love this idea. My freezer usually have 6-10 bananas floating around in it. I also love how they defrost fast and you don't have to mush them because the defrost MUSHY and slimey, but they work GREAT!

      And I have fallen in love with your blog. tre bien