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Bananas, Revisited (with a recipe!)

2011 March 8
by Dylan

For better or for worse, bananas are still a delicious food with many, many uses. When a banana gets too old or ripe, there’s only one thing you can do with it–make banana bread! I realized that, when posting yesterday, I completely forgot to include a recipe for a great banana bread that I’ve been using for many, many years. The recipe is originally from a terrific vegetarian book called Recipes for a Small Planet, and it’s been tweaked to perfection by my mother. The book, which really was a landmark publication in vegetarian eating, was last published in 1985. Thankfully, you can still pick it up from Amazon or eBay for around $5 shipped.

I love this recipe because it’s pretty low in fat, uses honey instead of sugar, and is made with whole wheat flour. The flavor of the banana really comes out and makes it the only banana bread recipe I ever plan on using. Recipe after the break–

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Adapted from Recipes for a Small Planet)

  • 4 T butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (3 small)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • 1/2C Chocolate Chips (walnuts work really well, too!)


  1. Let butter sit out until slightly softened. Cream butter and honey until light.
  2. Beat in on low beaten eggs, mashed banana, vanilla, milk.
  3. Stir dry ingredients together.
  4. Blend into mixture with as few strokes as possible.
  5. Add nuts, raisins, coconut, chocolate chips; whatever you want.
  6. Turn into oiled and floured loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour.


One Response leave one →
  1. Ami permalink
    March 10, 2011

    My husband is renowned for his chocolate-chip banana “bread” (c’mon, it’s really cake) from the recipe tweaked by his mother. The special ingredient: an extra banana.

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