Every morning, my dad wakes up and makes a pot of oatmeal for my mom and himself. Well, not this week, because my mom and I are on a no-simple-carbs kick, but in general, that’s what my dad does. BIIIIG bowl of oatmeal, half an apple, half a banana, handful of raisins, yogurt, milk, and some normal dry cereal for crunch. I keep telling him he’s eating a good half-day of calories in one bowl, but he just laughs at me and walks away.
Every morning, my dad wakes up and makes a pot of oatmeal for my mom and himself. And he leaves half an apple and half a banana on the counter every morning. Sometimes it gets eaten later in the day. Sometimes it gets eaten the next morning. But we go through a lot of bananas. And most of the time, I am saved the gag-reflex of the brown bananas (can you tell I’m not a fan?), but occasionally, like this weekend, there are a few that get forgotten and turn from yellow, to yellow-and-brown-spotted, to black.
Of course, yucky as I think overripe bananas are, I think they are wonderful in brown bread form. My mom has a recipe for banana bread that she swears by…I think it’s dry and kind of boring, but maybe it’s because I grew up with it. So for kicks, and partly because we have a bunch of buttermilk hanging out in the fridge, I tried a new recipe. Rocking the whole wheat flour this time around (no-simple-carb-kick I might be on…but whole wheat makes it better, right? Right?!), and the buttermilk makes the bread suuuuuuper fluffy. I think it could do with a little less butter and a little more flour, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Speaking of bananas, has anyone ever seen the skit Demetri Martin does on bananas?
- 2 c. flour (I did half white/half whole wheat)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 stick of softened butter
- 1/4 c. walnut oil (Walnut oil, my new baby). I guess you could use canola, grapeseed, coconut, or avocado.
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 3 suuuuuuuuuuper ripe bananas
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease two loaf pans.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Beat the butter, oil, and sugar together for a few bit.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk until the batter is mostly mixed, but not completely.
- Mash the bananas with a fork.
- Add the dry ingredients, then the bananas. Don’t over-mix the batter. (I did this part by hand *gasp*)
- Pour the batter into the pans. Bake 30 minutes and then check the center. You can increase the time to 45 minutes if needed, but be careful you don’t end up with crumbly banana bread.