There is a very small sliver of time in the life cycle of a banana when I actually enjoy eating it. Let's just say, once there are spots, it's all over. But I also hate to waste food, so I try to only buy three or four at a time, and only if I know I'm going to eat them every morning (which of course, largely depends on my current cereal selection). So yes, when you see that lonely banana at the grocery store next to it's friends that are all hanging out in groups of six or seven, and think to yourself, who would do that and why didn't they just take the last one in the bunch? That's me. I do that. I just really don't want to take more than I need.
So, you thought I was going to talk about banana bread, right? Not just my shopping habits? Ok, well, I'm getting there. So long story short, even though I try to be mindful of purchasing only the amount of bananas that will be eaten right away, I still sometimes end up with ones that look like this...
And I always have the best of intentions with baking banana bread. I often think I don't even need to put the bananas into the freezer, "since I'm just going to make the bread tomorrow." But then tomorrow turns into a few months down the road, and all of a sudden I have quite the collection of brown bananas squeezed in between the Fudgcicles and frozen veggies in my freezer (to be fair the picture above is a group effort and combines my stash with my roommate's).
There were a couple factors that led to the actual baking process this time around...1) our freezer was getting really full, and 2) my tub of yogurt was about to expire. If you couldn't already tell, I have a lot to learn about meal planning. So, I found this recipe online, and out came this:
By far, my favorite banana bread recipe. I've tried ones with more whole wheat flour and they just turn out too dry. But this one was just the right amount of doughy deliciousness. Though I do recommend adding a little extra banana.
I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did!
(Also, I said banana ten times in this post. Twelve if you count the title and the previous sentence. And that's after editing out a few.) :)