Recipe format question...

So are you sick of banana recipes yet? I know I know... but I buy a lot of bananas each week, some weeks I get through them all... and other weeks... well I'll let the picture say it...


I just learned a fellow reader is actually allergic to bananas!?? No way! Sorry Sarah this recipe is OFF limits to you! I know these images will be tempting but just say no! I don't want to get blamed for getting you back in the ER. :)

I've tried a slew of banana bread recipes and have been pretty happy with my tinkering to make them healthy versions... yet I still feel the need to try and tinker with new recipes... and this one is my new favorite! It does have a little white flour in it (horrors) but I may give it a go with 100% whole wheat next time (I'll let you know how it goes and update a link to it from here).

I truthfully can't remember where I found my starting point recipe... but I changed a bunch anyway (butter, heavy cream...and so on) here is my version...


bOnana bread (yup I know I put an o there... read below to find out why)
recipe by stephchows

Beat the following together in a bowl
1 Tbs ground flax seeds + 3 Tbs water (do this first then add the rest of the stuff)
2 cups bOnanans
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup white sugar (I used splenda granulated)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Whisk the following in another bowl
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
dash sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Then slowly add the dry mixture to the wet, alternating in the following
1/2 cup skim milk + 2 Tbs nonfat milk solids (powdered milk)


Pour into a 9x9" greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

OK Question for you... what did you think of the recipe format above? Weird? Fun? Easy to follow? Annoying and not easy to follow? This is the style I normally write in as I scribble things down and think it's super easier this way... but maybe it's just me... what do you think?


Now onto the "O"... My fellow Rochestarians may know already why I'm calling this bOnana bread... if they have ever been to the public market that is. The public market is a HUGE year round farmers market, but they also sell random household things and other things that aren't local... like bOnanans. There is this one vendor who sells bananas... but he can't seem to say the word right... so all you hear is this guys screaming out "BOOOOONANANAS, come get your bonanans here, only 30 cents a pound... BOOOONANANAS!!" Neva I know you know who I'm talking about right?? So John and I have started calling all bananas (whether we get them from him or the grocery store) bonanans.... so it's not a misspelling... it's on purpose. Hope you like this bonana bread :D

22 chews:

Steph said...

I like the recipe format, it's really easy to follow. I can never get sick of banana bread, it's not possible!

Anne said...

I like the format. I think it's easy to follow when you're making it, so you don't mess up which ingredients get mixed into which bowl and everything. The bread looks super yummy!

Mags said...

I like the format too. It's easy to follow.

Did you know you can freeze whole bananas? I didn't know that until about a month ago and I'm so tickled that I no longer have to throw away bananas that have gone too ripe.

Stephanie said...

Hi, Great blog!! I really like your recipe format and I do it that way, too, sometimes. I always freeze my bananas when they get too ripe, unless I am able to make banana bread right away. Frozen bananas are also great for smoothies!! Glad to see you added flax, I am trying to add it to more and more things. Thanks for sharing.
Peace, Stephanie

Sunshine said...

I don't even like bananas, but you've got me wanting to run home to bake some. And that story behind bOnanans...Priceless! You are too funny. Also, I like the recipe format. Makes more sense that way...

Megan said...

That's sort of the format Joy of Cooking uses, giving you the ingredients in groups based on what you're doing with them. It's easy to follow, but I actually prefer to see a list of ingredients, that way it's easier to tell if I'm missing something.

wish i could hear u say that love banana bread

Justin said...

i guess i'm the same way. i buy bananas every week, and I always seem to be stuck with one or two that are turning black. then it's time to bake another banana bread. (i'm obviously not complaining.)

I like the recipe format! It's simple and it also helps that the recipe itself is simple too :) Hehe I was wondering why you called it Bonana Bread-mystery solved!

I do like this recipe format. When I cook with an online recipe or write my own on a little notepad, this is about what I do so it's easy to follow. Fun to read about the bonanas :)

Natalie said...

I like the way this recipe is written (but can see why cooking newbies wouldn't).

And the bOnana bread looks great! I eat at least 1 banana a day, I can't get enough of super yellow firm bananas with peanut butter.

Emily said...

I've been craving banana bread. Sounds good!

Sophie said...

I too like the format: it is easy to follow !
I just lobe banana breads in all formes & variations!! Love it!

stephchows said...

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I want to make this blog better, so any suggestions are always appreciated! And as for freezing... you don't want to know how many bananas I have stored in my freezer lol :D or should I say bOnanans!

Funny funny funny. Bonana bread any day!

Reeni♥ said...

I think the recipe format is fine! And I will never be sick of your bonana recipes!! HaHa that is just too funny! This bonana bread looks delicious!!

Hannah said...

As long as they're super ripe and sweet, bananas are always welcome in my house! Eaten plain or baked into something wonderful, they're just great. :)

I'm always looking for healthy ways to use bananas, so thanks! Especially since I also buy bananas and all too often find them getting too ripe too soon...

stephchows said...

Good thing you all like bOnanas!! Always happy to share a new fun recipe :) Hope you all try it!! Let me know!

Anonymous said...

I always post anonymously (because for some reason it won't accept my Google email address/password, and I don't have my own website). But I would never say something nasty! :) Yours is one my very favorite blogs. I like the new recipe format too.

--Caddie

stephchows said...

Caddie- thank you so much for the complement!! And for the anonymous explanation! I turned off the capability after I had a few mean people "yelling" at me for being a crazy calorie/splenda lady... not too fun. But I realized people who really wanted to comment in a positive way were missing out... and that sucks! I want everyone to be able to join in on the fun :) thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that you are a "crazy calorie/Splenda lady"! We need more blogs like yours -- delicious and healthy both.

--Caddie

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