One of my favorite smells is banana bread baking in the oven! If Heaven had a smell, I imagine it would be just that!
Today I wanted to share a recipe that I've found and adore when it comes to making this American classic! Greek yogurt banana bread! For those of us that like to take ordinary recipes and make them a bit more health conscience, this is my go. Have you ever struggled to find the right go to recipe for those over ripened bananas browning on the counter. Well, look no further!
I love this recipe because you can do all kinds of substituting to fit your preferences and you never have to use butter or oil or white bleached sugar! This naturally sweetened treat is loaded with banana flavor and you'd never know the difference from this healthy version from the traditional recipes your grandma passed down.
I think banana bread is one of those staple recipes we tend to learn at some point in our lives right up there with chocolate chip cookies. I know I for one have ruined many a great recipes before finding one that worked for me! Who knows, maybe because I tend to think of myself as more of a cook than a baker, but everyone should be able to execute a good banana bread!
This soft and sweet treat is a definite go to when you see those bright yellow nanners (does anyone else still call them that?) turning brown and spotty on your kitchen counter! Sometimes I will even freeze them when they get like this if I'm not planning on making this heavenly treat right away and they still work just as great!
So the next time you have a good excuse to whip up a little comfort food, Pull out your loaf pans & smile because you don't have to scramble for a good recipe anymore!
Cook Time – 35-45 minutes (check as you go as everyone's oven differs.)
– 1/2 cups of all purpose flour (this can be substituted for your preference. I personally love to grind up oats and use oat flour)
– 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp sea salt ( I prefer the pink Himalayan sea salt but you can use whatever works best for you)
– 2 large beaten eggs (again this is preference. I prefer organic eggs. I use farm fresh organic eggs from my neighbors chickens!)
– 2 medium ripe (overripe) bananas (about 1 cup)
– 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt. *I have made this recipe a handful of times and always try something new. You can use plain Greek yogurt or vanilla Greek yogurt. Today I used coconut Noosa Yogurt to mix it up a bit (If you've read my foodie blogs, you know I love Noosa!)
– 1/4 pure maple syrup (you can also substitute this for agave nectar)
– 1/4 Brown sugar * This is completely optional! You can choose not to add This step if you prefer a less sweetened bread or if you are planning on adding chocolate chips. Or if you wanna go all out, throw it in! Again, I like to add it but this step Is optional.
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon. (Again totally optional depending on preference)
Spread all that whipped up goodness to your lightly oiled baking pans! This would be the time if you'd like to add chocolate chips or even walnuts! Sometimes I flip them into the batter before pouring them into the pan. All preference! The possibilities are endless!
That's what I love about this recipe! You can truly make it your own after using the key ingredients! The trick is using the Yogurt in place of oil!
Bake @ 350• for 35 – 45 minutes (be sure to check the center with a toothpick as you go so you don't over cook your bread) *keep in mind everyone's oven varies so the timing may be different for everyone so checking is key!
That's it! Make sure you make an extra loaf if you're gonna use your neighbors chicken eggs so you can take it over to say thank you! (Or if your neighbor just loves your banana bread like mine does! ) *insert cheesy smile & wink here!
This recipe is for one loaf. You can double it up to make a few extra loafs as shown.
That's it! Easy peasy! I suggest playing around with different Greek yogurt brands and flavors until you find the one that you prefer!
Make sure to put them on a couple cooling racks before cutting into them and let them cool moderately so they don't crumble apart before you can enjoy a warm slice!
That's it! Now time to go enjoy a slice!