Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When life gives you overripe bananas....

Why hello there blog-tooth!

Today I started off my day with 42 minutes on the elliptical in my apartment gym, since I promised to you young lovelies that I would take today off.
In my gym, there are TVs in front of each machine, much like this random lady that I found on the internet is enjoying in the picture below:
So I watched the local news.  

I think the local news always gives a good feel of the area where you live, and there's no better way to get a feel for the area like the local weather forecast....  
The Southern California weather is truly unique in that our weather ranges from 67 + partly sunny to 81 + sunny.  YEAR ROUND.  
Which allows each local news forecast to go something like this:

::Screen pans to Weather Girl::
Latest popular Usher song plays for 30 seconds....Weather Girl pretend dances to it.  
Other anchors laugh.  
Clever banter occurs between Anchors and Weather Girl for about 3 minutes. 
In 20 seconds remaining in segment, Weather Girl explains that it will be 75 and sunny for eternity
Happiness ensues!

Now to explain the title of this post....

When I got home from work, I saw this on my counter top: 

That's right - value priced bananas!  And that only means one thing to me.....
So it's recipe time.  

This is a pretty simple one also from with a couple variations.  The great thing about banana bread is that it's very forgiving and simple to make.  No matter what order you assemble things in (to a certain degree), you'll still end up with a delicious loaf.   This recipe has 4 bananas and oil (not butter), so I think it's semi-healthy.  I'm sure you could substitute out some of the oil for apple sauce as well or use whole wheat flour, but I've never tried so do this at your own risk ;).  

You'll need:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar  (can use some brown sugar instead if preferred)
  • 4 very ripe bananas  (the ones pictures are almost not ripe enough.  the more ripe the bananas, the more flavorful the bread)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon  (I use Apple Pie Spice which includes Nutmeg and other spices for extra flavor)
  • 1 cup Pecans or Walnuts (optional...but delicious)
Mixing and Cooking....
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  First combine flour, baking soda and powder, salt. Mix together eggs and sugar.  Mash bananas in separate bowl (leave a few small chunks for texture).  Add mashed bananas, vanilla, oil and cinnamon to egg / sugar mixture. Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time - try not to over stir.
This recipe makes 16-20 muffins / 2-3 small loaves / 1 large loaf depending on preference.  Bake at 350 F.  Cooking time varies.  1 hour for a large loaf, 15-20 minutes for muffins, somewhere in between for a small loaf depending on size!  

Here's the final product (mini loaf style)!

G'night!  Hope you enjoyed!


  1. You don't put chocolate chips in your banana bread!??!?! I only make banana bread for the deliciousness that is the combination of the banana flavor mixed with dark chocolate chips :p You are so healthy :P

    I love your reenactment of the SoCal weather report :D. PS I'm pretty sure you are the only person who watches the local news while exercising. Also you made me depressed because your apt gym is like 100000x than our gym here :(.

  2. I watch the news at the gym too--only because there are only big screens up and that's just what's on! I'm jealous that your weather reports only say warm and sunny...

  3. Ok we are having some pretty weather right now but I would love to have 67-81 degree weather year round!

  4. Um...Banana Bread is my go to breakfast food!! Heaven! I am so jealous of the weather there right now....our weather girl usually gets excited this time of year if it's over 50 degrees (which it will be when you are here in Boston on Monday)!

  5. I made banana bread today too!