As of right now this next recipe is on the top of Will’s list. I made this when my parents came to visit and it was easy, delicious, and could be prepared in advance! It is more of a dessert, but if you are like me and could eat sweets anytime of the day then this could be your breakfast too! I found a little trick if you do not have ripe bananas in the house (which I did not) and it totally worked. If you can spare the time to ripen bananas I would suggest that, but when you have a banana bread emergency it is nice to know that there is a solution. I will add the tip to the bottom of the page, enjoy!
* recipe can be found at Recipeboy
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
- 1/3 cup plain low fat yogurt (I could only find low-fat greek yogurt and it worked great)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
- 1 cup halved raspberries, tossed in 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
In a separate large bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir in the flour mixture; just until moist. Don’t over-mix. Stir in the chocolate chunks and then gently stir in the raspberries. If you want, you can sprinkle a few additional chocolate chunks and raspberries on the top to make it look pretty
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.
How to quickly ripen bananas – Preheat oven to 350º. Place whole bananas (peel & all) on baking sheet and bake for 15-30 minutes. You will start to smell them and take out when bananas are black and soft to the touch.