Best Banana Bread…


I have never made banana bread before, but the other night at like 11pm I decided my sad old bananas needed to go out in style rather than get thrown in the trash. I put on The Greatest by Cat Power (one of my favorite cds) and started baking. I kind of mashed together a bunch of recipes to make one I thought would be good. It came out GREAT! We pretty much ate the whole thing in one day. Whoops.


2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup apple sauce
3 mashed overly ripe bananas
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Big handful of Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (optional- I just sprinkled mine on top)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray one 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray coating.
2. Blend together the eggs, yogurt, vanilla, applesauce and bananas.
3. Sift together the sugars, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir. Mix well. Add Chocolate chips.
4. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes.

My favorite way to eat Banana bread is toasted with a little butter…

  1. Aline, Germany •

    I think this is my recipe of the week. I always wanted to try out to bake a bread. And very nice photos! Food-photography is so difficult!

  2. This is awesome! Thanks for experimenting & sharing your secret ingredients. I am not much of a cook, but I ill definitely give this one a shot!

    xo Iddie doll

  3. Jen, this looks like a great recipe! I absolutely love banana bread, not only because it uses bananas that would otherwise be thrown away (I HATE throwing food out!) but also because it keeps for a few days (truth be told, it never did in my house, usually disappears within a day!).
    I have a question though – I live in England and I’ve always been wondering about apple sauce – can I replace it with stewed and blended apples?

    Lovely photos by the way!

  4. Perfect timing – I just put three old bananas in the freezer last night and I have most of these ingredients! Thanks!

  5. Yum! I love Cat Power and I love Banana Bread! 🙂

  6. YUM!! We ALWAYS have extra bananas around here (well, they are apple-bananas, but bake up just the same :)) So I will absolutely try this recipe! Love the greek yogurt addition. Thanks Jen!

  7. oh my goodness gracious! this looks divine… I will certainly be baking this for the weekend 🙂 thanks jen!

  8. Me too, what an awsome combo. Cat power and nanabread! X

  9. I made this tonight, and it is so delicious! Thanks Jen!

  10. Yum! I will have to try this. I like to eat my banana bread toasted with A LOT of butter.

  11. I was about to throw away 3 leftover bananas from the week and it was making my heart a bit sad to do so. Then, you posted this recipe and they had a purpose. I made it yesterday and it was so delicious. Thanks, Jen!

  12. Maggie •

    YUM! Can’t wait to try this one!! You don’t have to throw your ripe bananas out. You can store them for up to a month in the freezer. I just take the ripe and put them up there. When I’m ready to bake with them, I take them out,and let them thaw. The peel will turn black and slimey but the banana inside is good. I hate throwing food out so I try save and use what I can. Hope that tip helps!

  13. I ONLY buy bananas to make banana muffins – so easy & takes 30 minutes max. We like to add chocolate chips and walnuts – perfect for on the go breakfasts! Did I mention they were super easy? 🙂

  14. This looks so yummy! My Dad used to make sourdough banana bread. Maybe using yogurt like you did would simulate that flavor.

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