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August 29, 2011

I like my fruit under ripe. Like really under ripe. I want my fruit to have a crunch. In fact, nothing grosses me out more than mushy fruit. Blech. The worst offender is the banana. A mushy banana is one food I will not eat. I would venture to say that I would rather go hungry that eat a mushy banana. It gives me the heeby jeebies. Seriously.

I also have a husband who has the irrational fear of not having bananas in the house. Every time he goes to the store he buys bananas. I usually freeze half of them for smoothies but this past week I was off my game. I let the banana situation get a little out of control. We had some seriously brown bananas on our counter. That was enough to make me a little squeamish.

I should also tell you I am not  baker. I don’t like it. I would rather just throw a bunch of stuff into a pot and call it a day. That baking thing requires measuring and sifting and mixing. All of that? Not my thing.

So let’s review. I hate mushy bananas. I had an abundance of them. Annnnd I don’t bake. So would it surprise anyone (least of all my husband) when I made banana bread on Sunday morning for breakfast?

Who am I?

[I’ve Gone Crazy] Banana Bread

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a loaf pan.

In a small bowl, mash bananas and mix with honey, oil and vanilla extract.

In a medium size bowl, stir together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda and salt. Add nuts.

Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Pour into a loaf pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Serves 12

Baker or not, that bread was damn tasty. Maybe I should do this more often?

Or not.

Do you like to bake? Or do you like to cook?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2011 7:07 am

    I like cooking and baking but I really need to follow a recipe. Especially baking, I get too substitution happy and my food never turns out right.

    • August 29, 2011 7:57 am

      Oh me too! I can’t bake anythign without a recipe but I am cook without a recipe…again that is probably why I don’t like baking.

  2. August 29, 2011 8:18 am

    I prefer baking to cooking — maybe because I like the house to smell like cookies or bread?

    We are total opposites when it comes to bananas — I love ripe bananas, especially when they are covered in brown spots.

    • August 29, 2011 6:45 pm

      I like that smell too but find it can easily be acheived with a candle! haha!

  3. August 29, 2011 8:19 am

    I’d definitely say I like to bake more than cook – though I do really enjoy both. And also? I really want a slice of that bread! I’m with ya on the crispy fruit – I prefer the crunch too.

  4. August 29, 2011 8:30 am

    I like to bake, but I rarely do it. The hubby doesn’t eat sweats, and I don’t need to eat an entire pan of cookies/muffins/quick bread/etc. Yours looks really good though. I wish I had a slice to eat with my green tea right now!

  5. August 29, 2011 9:07 am

    I’m a huge baker, and banana bread is definitely one of my favorites! Especially with chocolate chips in them 🙂 But I hear ya on being weirded out by mushy bananas – I don’t like them too under ripe but I can’t have them too ripe either. I’m picky 🙂

  6. August 29, 2011 9:36 am

    In THEORY I like cooking/baking. In REALITY I don’t have time! Or maybe I’m not organized enough to be prepared? Either way, it is a struggle in our house. 🙂 Although I do start my cake decorating class this week!!! Yay!

  7. August 29, 2011 10:08 am

    You should do it more… if you have the opportunity to try this again add some chocolate – there’s a recipe for this on my blog – it works incredibly well with really dark chocolate.

  8. August 29, 2011 10:36 am

    I don’t mind cooking (especially when it’s something I’m jazzed about) – but baking has my heart. That bread looks fantastic.

    Also, I would – without question – rather starve than eat a mushy banana. Blech.

  9. August 29, 2011 11:13 am

    Baking is my favorite! I love to cook, too, but I definitely bake more. I find it very relaxing. 🙂

  10. August 29, 2011 11:33 am

    I like to bake, but my kitchen is just too small, so I rarely bother. Also, not having a dishwasher is a pretty big factor. Unless I can make something with one bowl and a spoon, its probably not gonna happen. 🙂

    • August 29, 2011 6:46 pm

      Um…yeah if I didn’t have a dishwasher I would use paper plates and plastic silverware for every meal. Sorry environment….

  11. August 29, 2011 3:06 pm

    I feel the same way about bananas! In fact, I prefer not to eat them even if they have only a few brown spots on them…I like them when they’re still a little green!

  12. August 29, 2011 3:07 pm

    Hahaha! I love that we are the SAME with bananas- I like them green too.
    BUT, I also have the same problem as your husband..I buy them everytime I go to the store..but it’s only because I HAVE to have green bananas, otherwise they totally gross me out..yuck! Too ‘banana-y’ that even right to say?! 🙂

  13. August 29, 2011 4:26 pm

    yum! I hate when I get off my game with bananas, I also hate mushy ones. I’m all about when they just turn yellow/still have a bit of green!

    • August 29, 2011 6:47 pm

      And bananas are so tempremental…like one day there are perfect and then the next day they’re completely brown.

  14. August 29, 2011 5:14 pm

    I like to bake and cook just sometimes, if that makes sense. I am not particularly passionate about either unless it’s a super simple recipe with few ingredients. I enjoy the eating part MUCH better!

    I can’t stand mushy bananas either..but they sure do work well for banana bread! 🙂

    • August 29, 2011 6:49 pm

      Honestly? I am not passionate about either one either. I cook to eat but I don’t feel like I am in my element in the kitchen. It isn’t something I have to do and if eating out every day wasn’t so expensive then I would totally do that!!

  15. August 29, 2011 9:05 pm

    This seems like a great recipe! I hate mush, too ripe bananas as well…and they get really strong smelling. But i LOVE them in banana bread – the sole reason I keep them around 🙂

    …now, i know what I’m making tomorrow. There may or may not be raisins and chocolate-chip added though…just saying 🙂

  16. The Teenage Taste permalink
    August 29, 2011 9:25 pm

    I enjoy both cooking and baking, but I like baking a little bit better! It’s more fun to make sweets! I have such a sweet tooth!

  17. August 30, 2011 4:50 pm

    I’m totally with you! The banana is the WORST offender! Blech 😦


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