Tried and true, a banana cake (or bread, depending on your perspective) has figured prominently in our home as a baked treat. The kids love it, as do the adults, and in every country we have lived, bananas have been readily available in the markets. I have made variations over the years, adding wheat germ and oats for added fiber and nutrients, coconut for a tropical twist, even chocolate for those cravings of, well, chocolate. This recipe is the base recipe I rely on and come back to time and again. It’s moist, not overly sweet, and keeps in the refrigerator for 4 days. Actually, that’s a guess, because it never lasts that long.
Makes one loaf
3/4 cup (150 g.) unsalted butter
3/4 cup (150 g.) light brown sugar
3 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
1/3 cup (80 ml.) sour cream or Greek-style whole milk yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups (220 g.) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F. (180 C.)
Butter a loaf pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
Beat butter and sugar until they are light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add to bananas and stir to combine well. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in oven until knife comes clean, about one hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan.
Try these variations:
Tropical Twist: Add 1/2 cup flaked, unsweetened coconut to dry ingredients. Sprinkle additional tablespoon coconut on top of cake before baking.
More Fiber: Reduce flour to 1 3/4 cups. Add 1/2 cup oats and 2 tablespoons wheat germ to dry ingredients.
Chocolate Boost: Add 1 cup dark chocolate chips to batter before pouring into loaf pan.