So what did I do differently? I covered the pan with tin foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. And it turned out beautifully! Annika has been gobbling it up for breakfast. I did a different recipe this time, to make it a bit healthier, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It still tastes delicious, though, because of course, I couldn't leave out the chocolate chips. Banana bread just seems naked without them. ;) Anyways, here's the recipe I used (it's from the blog The Balanced Plate):
1/4 cup Applesauce, unsweetenend
1/4 cup Canola oil
1/2 cup packed (3.75 ounces) Brown sugar, light or dark
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Bananas, very ripe, mashed 1 and 1/2 cups (about 3 medium) - I used 2 large and it turned out fine
1/4 cup Honey
2 Eggs, large
1 and 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Flour, Whole Wheat - I did half and half with whole wheat flour and regular white flour
1/2 cup Wheat germ, ground flakes
1/2 cup (2 ounces) Walnuts, chopped, toasted - I did chocolate chips instead
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.
- Combine all ingredients up to the whole wheat flour in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk swiftly with a fork until all ingredients are well-combined and honey is not sticking to the bottom of bowl.
- In seperate bowl combine the flour and wheat germ.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the banana mixture into it.
- Using a spoon stir the ingredients together (do not beat or over mix!) Stop when there are no more dry spots of flour. Mixture will be lumpy.
- Gently fold in the nuts (or chocolate chips!).
- Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and put in oven.
- Bake for 50 minutes.
- Lay a piece of foil loosely across top of loaf pan and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to sit in pan for 10 minutes.
- Turn bread out onto cooling rack and cool completely before slicing – at least one hour!! This ensures that all the moisture and flavor is fully absorbed by the bread.