Healthy breakfast bread or dessert? You decide!
2 cups unbleached flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
3 large bananas, very ripe, soft, darkly speckled, well mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325˚. Grease a large, 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
Stir the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, nuts and chocolate chips together in a large bowl and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix the mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla together.
Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined and the batter looks thick and chunky. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the surface with a spatula.
Bake at 325˚ until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 70-75 minutes. It does take a long time to cook! Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then turn out and let cool on a wire rack.