Earlier this week, I had a pile of bananas on my counter that were looking pretty brown, and Jay and I were frantically cleaning ahead of a small work conference he was hosting at our home. Anyone who knows me well (and probably those who don’t even know me that well!) knows that I like things very neat and in order, and ugly browning bananas sitting on the kitchen counter when 10 people were coming over just didn’t fly with me. On top of that, I was developing a small twitch over the fact that all these people were going to be over and they weren’t going to have anything homemade to eat (the day was being catered). Jay had already warned me I was being crazy and there was no need to whip out the mixmaster to start baking something “unnecessary” (since when is baking ever necessary??).
Rather than letting the bananas go to waste, and knowing that “getting rid” of them the way I was thinking would leave a small treat for the guests, I decided to make banana bread! There are about a million different recipes for banana bread, and it seems I make up some combination of a number of different of those recipes every time I make it. This one happens to be incredibly easy (all you need is one bowl and a blender) and very quick, so it was in the oven before Jay could even protest (what a wonderful husband I have, who hates seeing me work more than needed! Love you!). It’s also a pretty healthy one, and if you leave out the chocolate chips (why would you do that though??), it would be even more guilt-free. At about 186 calories per slice (I sliced the bread into 12 medium sized slices, but truthfully, cutting the loaf down the middle as well would have created 24 good sized pieces, cutting the calories in half), it’s a nice once-in-a-while treat!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
3/4 cup oat bran
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients, omitting the chocolate chips (or walnuts if you prefer). Set aside.
- Put bananas and all wet ingredients into a blender, and blend on low until smooth.
- Add the mixture from the blender into the dry ingredients and mix by hand thoroughly. Fold in chocolate chips, and pour batter into a well greased bread pan.
- Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out dry. Let cool completely, then slice and enjoy!