I really love banana bread. And I should have realized sooner that given how much Lucas LOVES bananas that this would be a hit with him as well. I’ve used a classic banana bread recipe, and tweaked it a bit to make it healthier. This included subbing out the usual white flour for a mix of whole wheat and oat flours, eliminating the sugar, and substituting in some maple syrup to add sweetness. I serve one donut to Lucas for breakfast or as a snack.
I used about 1/2 a cup of bananas. This translated (for me) to about 2 medium sized bananas. I then immersion blended them to make the batter smoother. I don’t think this is a critical step – you can just mash them up!
The other innovation here is to make them as baked donuts rather than a traditional banana loaf. This is, of course, not critical. I use these donut molds, which are actually pretty inexpensive on Amazon, and I found them to be pretty fun. You can use a traditional bread loaf as well.
If you want to make this more decadent for adults, I recommend adding a swirl of caramel sauce on top.
Let me know what you all think!
1 melted stick of butter that you’ve allowed to cool
1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey, or turbanado sugar if you prefer)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt if you prefer)
2 medium-sized mashed bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat flour
Mix all ingredients together (starting with the liquid ones), and bake either in donut molds or a silicone bread loaf mold. 25-30 minutes for donuts, or 30-40 minutes for a bread loaf. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into either.
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