Thursday, April 3

1/One Banana Bread

You guessed it, we had 1/one very ripe banana in the fruit basket - the kind that is silently screaming 'you had b-e-t-t-e-r put me to good use, I do NOT want to end up in your friggin compost pile'. Um, ok, no pressure...

I have never baked a 1/one banana banana bread, so, at 9:15pm I got to work. And it worked out!

Go try it, and tell me what you think. Sounds like a contest doesn't it? Hmm, ok. Bake this. Leave me a comment about your experience with this recipe. In two weeks from today I will pick a winner.

GRAND PRIZE: A $10 donation to UNICEF in your name.

Remember: I'm all about what's on hand, and substitutions. Have fun with this; don't stress about what you do, or don't have. Use this as a guideline, and see what happens.


1 ripe banana
1/2 lime
100 ml apple pear sauce
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup spelt flour
4 generous tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

In one bowl, mash banana, add the juice of 1/2 lime, mix together (I count to twenty), add apple pear sauce, add sugar, add 2 eggs, and oil, and mix together until it looks all blended.

In another bowl add both flours, add cocoa, add salt, add baking powder, mix with a fork (count to about 100); then add chocolate chips and mix just a bit (count to 20).

Then add wet mixture to dry mixture. Don't over mix, but make sure all flour seems to be wet.

Add your batter to a greased up loaf pan.

Bake at 300 for 55 minutes. Note: I normally bake my banana bread at 300 for 1 hr and 15 minutes, but this one took less time, due to less moisture from only one banana.

See you in two weeks!

PS the kids and I are thick into learning our numbers, letters and words on-the-go, come have fun with us at our flickr page.


Lori Pickert said...

this is such a great idea - i always hate not using that last lone banana!

village mama said...

glad you agree Lori -- in my 20+ years of baking, I've done too many good ripe bananas a diserive ;-)

Melissa said...

I love the alphabet and number photos. What a cool idea.

amy t sharp said...

this weekend for sure!

Shawn said...

You are a FREAKING genius! That's all I have to say.

I'm so sorry ... I just realized that I haven't visited you in a long time because I'm so used to our emails (and you weren't in my feed burner, which is the only way blogs get read (or half read) around this house!

I see it now ... 1 Naner Recipes: Using up the leftovers. : )

village mama said...

Melissa, I appreciate that you like our ABC fun.

Amy, I won't hold you too it because I know how full your hands are...but hopefully you WILL try it soon.

Shawn, thank you so much for this fun response; yours is truly the best use of the word ‘freaking’ I’ve ever seen. Hope this recipe helps save the life of all your future ripe bananas.

MomOf3 said...

This looks like a great recipe! I am hoping to have a really ripe banana by this weekend so I can try it! :)

Eva said...

That looks delicious! I think the chocolate chips are probably the big secret when there's only one banana!

We had to import ABC of Canada. Maybe there will be a black market for it down here.

village mama said...

momof 3 and Eva,

thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Hoping you get a chance to bake this soon.

Christine said...

yum - i can't wait to try this. i think i have all the ingredients (: will be good for a group outing in the outdoors tomorrow (: gracias!

Christine said...

so i made this a few weeks ago after my post. yum! except i had many more bananas to use, so i used 3 or 4 and instead of apple pear sauce, just used applesauce and used reg. floor since i didn't have spelt. i made two loaves (i have had banana bread run over on me before (: ) and cooked them at a higher temp for 30-40 mins. gave a loaf to friends for their little one's baptism. need to make some more (:

village mama said...

Christine, you win the $10 donation to UNICEF!

In light of the Myanmar situation, I'd like to donate $50 or more, should it be to UNICEF, or is there another aid agency that's in there now (Red Cross, MSF)?