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Healthy Banana Bread

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I have a problem.  Maybe you have this problem too.  It goes a little something like this: buy too many unripe bananas at the store; take home and set in a fruit bowl to ripen; all ripen at the same time; bananas coming out my ears; get tired of eating bananas; promptly forget about bananas and eat other fruit instead; bananas become overripe and almost gross-looking; certainly won’t eat bananas now; shove in freezer and forget about it completely.  Repeat process next week.

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And it certainly doesn’t help that every time my kids see bananas, they shout in their best Minion voice, “Bananas!”  Help me, please.  So when I opened the freezer last week and a few frozen bananas fell out onto the floor because I have too many shoved in the freezer, I realized I needed to do something about it.  Hence, banana bread.  I have posted another banana bread recipe here, and I think I talked about my problem then also–bahahah!  (If you’re looking for banana dessert recipes using very ripe bananas, try banana cake or banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  You can’t go wrong with either of these!) Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 

I am overly ambitious every time I go to the grocery store.  When I see all the yummy fruit, I buy way more than Eric and I could possibly eat.  I justify this by telling myself I’m going to eat all of my daily serving of fruit.  Unfortunately, this rarely happens.  And as a result, I always seem to have “old” fruit lying around–especially bananas.  Usually I put them straight in the freezer.  It’s not until Eric gets mad that there’s no room in the freezer, due to my large stockpile of old frozen bananas, that I decide to use some and make banana bread.  (By the way, old bananas make the perfect banana bread.)  I happened to have some old banans that I was going to put in the freezer, but after looking at how many were already there, I decided I should use them instead of freeze them.  (Oh, if you ever do decide to freeze bananas, I learned a trick that was born out of laziness.   I don’t bother peeling them and putting them in Ziploc bags.  They go straight in the freezer just as they are.  When you’re ready to use them, just put them in a bowl and let them thaw out before peeling them.)

This banana bread recipe makes two loaves.  One for now, and one for later.  (They freeze really well.)  Since there’s a lot of sugar in this bread, I decided to add chocolate chips, because, well, it wasn’t really healthy to begin with, and now I made it a true dessert.

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Peel the bananas and put in a large bowl.  My frozen bananas are at the very bottom.  They’re a bit darker than my non-frozen bananas.

Take a fork and mash them.  I like a little bit of banana chunks, but mash to your heart’s content.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Continue reading

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