Chunky Banana Bread


Dehydrated Bananas Make This Quick Bread Fast & Easy


Banana bread may just be the most versatile snack in existence. Slather a warm slice with butter, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and you have a delicious breakfast, afternoon snack, or dessert. Both young and old enjoy these slices of yummy goodness. Add to that the great freeze-abilty of this bread and your day is complete!

I like my banana bread to have some banana chunks in it and dehydrated bananas fill the bill well without making the bread soggy or totally disintegrating into the batter. I also add some banana powder to really amp up the taste of my banana bread, making a flavorful, healthy treat for all.

To Prepare Banana Powder

If you have dried bananas it is easy to just grind a bit of banana powder. Take a heaping cup of dried bananas and grind them to a flour-like powder with your coffee grinder, high-powered blender, mortar and pestle or even a plastic bag and your rolling-pin. One cup of banana chips will give you about 1/4 cup of powder, enough for this recipe.


Makes 1 loaf (9in X 5in/23cm x 13cm)

Ingredients
1/4 cup banana powder
1/2 cup dried banana slices, broken into bite-sized pieces
1-1/3 cups sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup walnut pieces (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare banana powder as instructed above.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch (23 x 13cm) loaf pan.
  3. Pour banana powder and banana pieces into a bowl. Add sour cream or Greek yogurt. Mix thoroughly with a fork until well blended. Allow to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and walnuts (if using).
  5. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and banana purée until well blended, being careful not to break up the banana pieces.
  6. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; mixing just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out on a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Banana Bread slices also freeze well for personal snacking.

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