In trying recently to eat more whole grains (and basically just less white flour and sugar), I found this recipe for Whole Wheat Honey Banana Nut Bread. So besides the whole wheat flour, it also has no refined sugar. This bread is sweetened with honey, but I think the abundance of bananas helps make this perfectly sweet and full of banana flavor.
When I have overripe bananas (which is often), I usually just make muffins. I like how much faster they bake than banana bread. But for some reason as I was looking at the bananas on the kitchen counter yesterday, and looking out the window at the very windy rain-turned-blowing-snow storm, I felt like baking bread. Being “stuck” at home with a sick eight year old, I haven’t been to the store for almost a week and we were out of bread. So I actually made some white bread in the bread machine. The boys (and Kevin) love white bread, so while I didn’t eat any, traditional white bread is always a winner here. The book I got with my bread machine, which we’ve had for at least seven years, is full of great and perfect recipes for the bread machine.
After making the white bread and knowing I was planning to have tortellini for dinner, I also had the bread machine whip up some French bread that I thought would go nicely with the tortellini. The bread machine did all the work and just before the last rise time, I pulled the dough out of the machine and shaped it into a French loaf and had it finish rising on a baking sheet and baked it in the oven. It actually turned out some great French bread!
Let’s get back to the banana bread! While I was in stay-out-of-the-late-March-snowstorm mode and in the bread baking mood, I decided instead of banana muffins to make banana bread. I wanted to be able to eat some of it, so I found a recipe that was whole wheat and had no refined sugar. This bread has honey, which actually tastes great and I was surprised and happy to see the bread baked up perfectly. I think I’ll try agave in place of the honey next time, just because agave has a lower glycemic index.
I wish I could say this was my recipe or that I even adapted it. But I didn’t even adapt it at all. I found the recipes at Allrecipes. Here’s the link for the Whole Wheat Honey Banana Nut Bread. I wish I would have thrown some dark chocolate chips in the bread, because now Taylor tells me he only likes banana bread if there is chocolate in it. (I don’t know where he got that from?) ;)