William (my 21-month old) and I just made this recipe the other day. We needed something to do and wanted to make a yummy snack using up our very ripe bananas. I found this recipe and that I would give it a try. William loves putting his apron on and standing on the stool to help me cook. For this recipe he loved getting the walnuts out of the bag (one by one) and placing them on the tray to toast them. He also loves “dumping” in the ingredients after I’ve measured them. His other favorite part of baking with mommy is tasting what we’ve made. He seems to especially enjoy the foods that we make together and constantly says “dump” and “vroom vroom” (for the mixer) when enjoying our homemade treats. This was such a hit! William LOVED it and couldn’t get enough, and my husband and I really liked it too. It’s delicious, good for you, and very fun to make. A definite winner from America’s Test Kitchen!
Makes: One 8-inch loaf (serves 12) Time: 25 minutes, plus baking time
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed well (1 1/2 cups)
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup lowfat plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse (optional) *Sometimes I add 3/4 cup
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.
- Whisk the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, yogurts, and vanilla together.
- Gently fold the banana mixture and walnuts (if using) into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined (do not overmix). Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 55 to 65 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.