Banana bread is classic, and super simple. Although I still cant figure out why 'banana bread' is called a bread... lets be honest; Its cake. But anyway... I tend to make banana bread really often because I have a habit of buying too many bananas every week. So those bananas inevitably turn brown and go to one of two places. Either I take the skins off and place them in a freezer bag and freeze them for yummy smoothies or I make banana bread. The more over ripe the better. You can also thaw out the bananas first and then use them in this recipe! So if you are'nt freezing your over ripe bananas. You should start now.
So I have come up with two substitution options for you in order to add a healthy twist, without loosing any flavor! I know, that sounds too good to be true. I promise. I have made these cakes side by side plenty of times, and the only difference is color. The flavor and texture is exactly the same. So go for the classic simple option, or substitute two ingredients for a healthier version. Either way, you wont be disappointed. And you will turn even banana bread haters into lovers of this cake! (believe me, it has happened right before my eyes.)
This recipe only calls for three ripe bananas, but if you've got more, a banana sliced lengthwise on the top adds a beautiful garnish and will help keep your cake super moist and tender.
3 ripe bananas (peeled)
1/2 cup cane sugar OR 1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour OR 1 cup of stone ground whole wheat
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 350F
Grease a 9" X 5" loaf pan with coconut oil or butter
Cream 3 over ripe bananas in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment
Add sugar and mix until combined.
While the mixer is stirring, add 1 egg, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Add flour, baking soda, pinch of salt.
Pour in melted butter and turn the mixer off when fully combined.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.
Check for doneness by inserting a skewer into the center of the cake, when it comes out clean the cake is baked. Over baking will result in a dry cake.
Do not use both flours and both sugars at the same time. Choose one or the other.
Stop tossing over ripe bananas. Enjoy them.