Saturday, September 20, 2008


My nephew Scout has a very sophisticated palate for a 3 year old. He eats salmon, sushi and loves Starbucks. His grandparents and his mom (my sister) are faithful Starbucks patrons and have brought him along on thousands of trips to the ubiquitous coffee shop since he was a young baby. He loves their marble bread and eats it with chocolate milk every time he tags along on one of their coffee runs. The cutest thing is when the Starbucks employees mistakenly give him Banana Bread in place of his beloved Marble bread. He takes one bite and proclaims, "They gave me Nanner bread by bistake". It is hilarious!

Banana Bread
Adapted from


3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons melted butter


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mash the Bananas by hand.

Lightly spray a 5 x 9-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine the bananas, vanilla, egg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix well.

In another bowl combine the flour and baking powder and mix well.

Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix lightly.

Add the melted butter and mix just until moistened.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the bread from the pan and cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

I don't eat bananas so needless to say I didn't try this creation. Forrest said he really liked it and I proceeded to interrogate him further on what exactly did he like about it. He said that it was really moist and he liked how it had chuncks of banana inside the bread (an obvious product of hand mashing and mixing as opposed to using a mixer like several other recipes I found had suggested).


Gabriela said...

I'll have a slice of that yummy looking Nanner Bread please with a tall skinny mocha latte please.

Anonymous said...

When I made banana bread it was too dry. This looks really moist and delicious. I wish I was there. I would have tried it. Scout smiled the entire time I read the story about him :)

Your sister,


Cheryl said...

I agree with your nephew, I would rather have the marble bread, I am not a huge fan of banannas either.

Anonymous said...

Your loaf looks gorgeous. I don't make banana bread much, though. I love it too much and I'd just eat it all myself!

Melanie said...

Mmmm Banana bread is one of my favorites. I get so excited when the bananas get really ripe b/c then I have a perfect excuse to make some! Sometimes I make a cream cheese spread to serve with it & that is even yummier!

MaryBeth said...

Your bread looks great, I love banana bread. I put in chocolate chips when I make it, have you ever tried it that way?

Hannah a.k.a.Topiary Lady said...

This looks easy and good. I have a bunch of bananas just calling to be "breadified", thanks for the recipe!

Elizabeth F. said...


I have never put chocolate chips in my banana bread. But probably because this is my first banana bread. I will have to try that next time. Thanks for the idea!

Maryellen said...

This has been my go to recipe for banana bread for a while now--- I found it on foodgawker a few months ago.
So yummy. and I can mix it up with things I like more of in it! :)