I have a love hate relationship with bananas. I know they are good for you, but I just don’t like the way they taste. They can’t go in my smoothies, I won’t grab one for breakfast. I just don’t like them. Banana pudding is about as far as you’re going to get me to go with bananas. My oldest daughter Koko is the same way, and she won’t even eat banana pudding! But this bread…this banana bread…this bread right here…she loves.
The funny thing is, the boys love it so I make it often, but she and I had never tasted it. We just assumed since bananas were in it, we wouldn’t like it. I make it, it smells right, the texture feels right, so I serve it.
Don’t ever tell my husband I said that, and if you are a chef that used to teach me and you’re reading this, please just act like you didn’t see it. I was taught better. It’s not your fault, and I will tell the world! I was taught to NEVER let a dish leave your kitchen and you don’t know what it tastes like…but bananas though? I can’t. I mean I could…but I don’t want to. However, after KoKo tried and loved it, I decided to give it a go and IT. WAS. FABULOUS!! SOOOO friggin’ delicious! I could care less that bananas were in them.
This is a great bread to make on the weekends and it even freezes well. I like to make them in a brownie tin and seal them in a ziploc bag for the kids. During the week I can just pop out a few with some fruit and it makes a quick breakfast that I don’t have to think about.
Nutty Banana Bread
Makes 3 small loaves, or 2 regular loaves
2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, softened
1c. Granulated Sugar
1c. Brown Sugar
5 bananas broken in pieces
2c. All Purpose Flour
1tsp. Kosher Salt
2tsp. Baking Soda
1tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1 ½ c. Pecan Pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Mix cream butter and sugars together until mixed well. Mix in bananas. I let the mixture break them down, but not all the way. Some people mash their bananas and you can too. I just like to have chunks in mine.
3. Beat in eggs, two at a time. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ones, until just combined. You don’t want to overmix.
4. With a rubber spatula, or mixing spoon, fold nuts into batter.
5. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool completely before slicing.
BMWK, What’s that one food you swore to never eat but now you love?