Baker’s Best Banana Bread

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The smell of bread baking in the oven is forever one of my favorite smells.  Growing up, there was always something baking in Mom’s kitchen.  From oatmeal raisin cookies to a warm, gooey apple pie, there was always a chance to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings.

I strive to fill my kitchen with the scent of sweet baking goodness at least once a week.  I find the process of making something from scratch with my own two hands so satisfying and stress-relieving, and my husband definitely reaps the benefits of this therapy.

This banana bread is sure to please and is a healthier option for when that sugar craving kicks in, but surely does not lack in the tastiness of a traditional, butter-drenched baked good.  The key to this recipe is not to over-baked the bread, as it is easy to dry-out, and to be certainly not to over-mix the batter.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of organic whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 ripe, brown-spotted bananas
  • 3 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt, and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mash bananas until wet and coarsely pureed.  Stir in coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract until just blended.
  • Fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just blended.  Do not over-mix!
  • Place the bread in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.  Remove from the oven after 35 minutes and check the middle with a toothpick.  Place back in oven and check loaf every 3-4 minutes with a toothpick until it comes out clean.
  • Let the bread cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.  Serve warm or at room-temperature.

 

Enjoy!

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