The Best Banana Bread

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Trisha and I were having a “normal” discussion over avocado toasts and almond milk lattes at our local Barnes & Noble the other day. We were talking about breakfast inspiration ideas when she mentioned banana bread. I remember the conversation so vividly because she mentioned that normal people have a slice of banana bread as breakfast. I was super confused because I’ve had it with breakfast or with a cup of coffee before breakfast, but never as a replacement of the meal entirely. And then I obviously started craving banana bread and realized that I hadn’t put my recipe up yet and that I needed to do that pronto. So here we are still with an unresolved debate as to whether a slice of banana bread replaces breakfast or simply accompanies it, but at least we have the best banana bread recipe ever! (Side note: There really was never a debate. It accompanies it. #Resolved) Staying on topic, this truly is the best banana bread. It’s super moist, not too sweet, and has some fun surprises nestled comfortably within. I do not use any added sugar other than a little honey or agave nectar. That’s absolutely plenty considering the addition of chopped dates and chocolate chips within the bread. And I always use whole wheat flour as I love the additional textural element as well as enhanced taste that it provides. So try this banana bread recipe out and let me know what you think! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar

  • 1/4 cup milk (I like almond milk for this) 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 

METHODS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 1/2” x 4 1/2” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together. Stir until well combined and set aside. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine together mashed bananas, eggs, vegetable oil, honey, milk, and vanilla extract together. Whisk until all is combined. 
  4. Slowly fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients in a few batches. Stir in chocolate chips, dates, and walnuts. 
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick in inserted and comes out clean. 
  6. Allow to cool for a few minutes in pan before transferring to wire cooling rack to finish cooling. 
  7. Enjoy!