However, since we buy organic, they tend to brown if we don't eat them quickly enough, or make smoothies often enough. So, good excuse to make Banana Bread.
1 stick (8 tablespoons) softened butter*
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup your choice - chopped walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips.
*Wow that seems like a lot of butter, but that keeps it moist and light. Try replacing half with yogurt or applesauce, use a vegan buttery spread, or just enjoy the rich taste. =)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Mix all the dry ingredients together. With a hand mixer or whisk, add the softened butter and eggs, mix, then stir in the bananas. It's OK if it is a bit lumpy.
Stir in the nuts or chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, until nicely browned and the bread comes clean to a toothpick. Cook on a rack for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
And, as always, enjoy the simplicity of a sweet, quick bread.
Recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman.