I've said it before--I've never been a huge fan of regular banana bread. I'm not sure why. Perhaps,I've tried it once too many times when it has been dry and tasteless. The recipe I've used for years has chocolate chips in it, and I like it, but it's not my first choice when I think of things to make with bananas.
Butterscotch Banana Bread
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 very ripe bananas, slightly mashed
1 cup sour cream
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. F; butter and flour two 9 X 5 X 3 loaf pans.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
Fit a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat the bananas, sour cream, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until well blended, about 2 minutes. Spoon the flour mixture into the banana mixture and beat on low speed until just blended. Stir in the butterscotch chips and walnuts.
Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
So why did this recipe turn out better than my other tries with banana bread? Well, first, I did use more bananas--there are four large ones in there. The sour cream certainly adds moisture, and the toasted walnuts give it some good flavor. I also switched out the granulated sugar for brown sugar and added the butterscotch chips. I'm thinking it's the whole package...I just liked it.
Unfortunately, my husband was diagnosed with diabetes before he could take the first bite of this banana bread, so I will be doing some tweaking for my next batch. I'll be reducing the sugar a tad and swapping the full fat sour cream for the light variety. I may even sneak some whole wheat flour in there. Don't worry. I'll let you know how that all turns out, but in the mean time, it is all about portion control at our house.
One loaf was sliced and brought to work....
....and the other was sliced, wrapped, and frozen.
One slice, with a bit of peanut butter, has about 25 carbs. Not a bad snack.
So, while we face some new dietary challenges at our house, it's wise to keep in mind that all good things can be enjoyed in moderation. In the mean time, the next batch of cupcakes will all be going to go to my daughter and her friends. :)