May 12, 2009

Classic Banana Bread


When I wrote the Banana Cardamon Cupcake post I mentioned that Grumpy was asking for banana bread. It isn't very often that he asks for something specific, so when he does it is so nice. Yes, I said nice. Anyone who loves to cook or bake knows what I mean. When someone wants something that you love to do you are more than happy to oblige!


I knew which banana bread recipe I would make this time. I was going to go with the classic. I had made this recipe from Cooking Light's 5 Star Recipes cookbook when I purchased the book a few years ago. I remember my SIL Heidi loved the bread and I loved it too because it used yogurt in the recipe as the fat
replacement. I added chopped walnuts to the bread so that will change the WW points count if you make that addition.



  


Classic Banana Bread
from Cooking Light

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (see tip)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla.  Beat until blended. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Per Serving: 14 slices
WW Points per slice: 4
*TIP:  If you do not have the yogurt, you can use sour cream instead.  

28 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic....seems as if there are a lot of banana treats in food blog land these days.

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  2. I love the idea of using yogurt as the base for this classic HoneyB.

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  3. I totally agree... I love when people ask me to make something for them! The banana bread looks great and I'm sure it made Grumpy happy!

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  4. Such a moist and yummy looking banana bread. I'm sure he loved it!

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  5. Man banana bread is totally one of those things I could happily eat every day :)

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  6. I LOVE banana bread! That looks so good!!

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  7. I just wanted to let you know there is a website that is stealing your content. Here is the link: http://www.easydeliciousrecipes.com/general/grumpys-gone-bananas/#top

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  8. I'll be trying this recipe soon - I have some very ripe bananas to use up.

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  9. I love baking with bananas. This looks terrific!

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  10. This looks wonderful - so golden sweet on the outside and moist and scrumptious on the inside! The CL 5 Star Recipes cookbook is one of my favorites.

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  11. Yummy looking banana bread!!! One of my favorite breads. Hope you are feeling better.

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  12. banana bread is one of my favs!! I love this lightened version :)

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  13. Delicious looking banana bread. I love when I have a request to make something.

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  14. Banana bread ~ it's a good thing!!

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  15. This looks moist and delicious! A yummy treat!

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  16. What a perfect loaf of banana bread! I know exactly what you mean about something being requested!

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  17. I bet the yourt makes this nice and moist Shelby! I looks fantastic, I bet Grumpy was very happy with it!

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  18. Ciao ! You are going to become a banana treats specialist !! This is so beautiful !

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  19. Recipe requests are the best! I love banana bread.

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  20. I know what you mean. My hubby who is the fussiest ever when it comes to food, when he asks for something I've made in the past I'm thrilled to bits.
    So, I hear ya! I have banana bread on the list today as my bananas are black, scary black.

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  21. I know, I hate it when someone says I'll take whatever! I want specifics. Glad you could oblige and it looks terrific!

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  22. I just had a bunch of bananas too!
    Thanks for your comments on the babies. They are doing well.

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  23. Looks so moist and delicious!

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  24. Yesm, I know what you mean. I love when the kids and their friends remind me of something that I made that they really enjoyed and would like again, hint, hint! :)

    I need to try banana bread again. The two times I tried making one they did not turn out. Both were undercooked and overbrowned. :( Yours looks perfect and the addition of walnuts is nice!
    ~ingrid

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  25. Banana breads are so goo. I like to have a slice for breakfast.

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  26. This is baking in my oven right now and it smells delicious!! I can't wait to eat a piece. Or two:-)

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  27. Yay Lizzie! Hope it tasted as good as it smelled baking! ;-)

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