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recipes | banana bread for two

For the past two days I have been craving something sweet, and baked, and chocolaty (is this even a word… chocolatEy?)… So I was not really sure what I wanted. I looked up a recipe for banana bread, but it called for almost two sticks of butter! I did not feel like researching the alternatives, so I just went without.

Tonight I had to make up dinner from whatever leftovers we had in the fridge. We ended up having something that resembled fried rice with leftover chicken and carrots from Asian Glazed Chicken dish we had the night before. And I felt like we absolutely needed some sort of dessert. And I went searching for yet another banana bread recipe.Because I had bananas in the freezer. But this time I wanted to make a mini loaf that would not take all my butter, eggs, and bananas. And so I am not eating it all day tomorrow by myself while Kyle is at work. Plus we got this cute ceramic mini loaf pan as a gift few years back, and I did not get to use it yet!

I have found this recipe for one mini loaf. It called for wheat germ, but i didn’t have any, so I omitted it.  I also did not add any nuts. I added some flax-seed… And some baking powder… It turned out much better than I expected. It rose very well out of the pan, with a bit of a “muffin top”, and it did not fall after coming out of the oven. It was very moist, soft, and full of flavor. I mixed some softened butter with honey to smother it on top of every slice. My toddler loved it and shared pieces with his dad.

With the mini loaf there was just enough for us to each have a small slice tonight and one more tomorrow. Perfect little portions!

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I didn’t get to take a picture once it came out of the oven… so here it is after we have already enjoyed some! 😉

I would love to try the original recipe once I have all the ingredients that are called for in there. But here is the recipe the way I made it:

Ingredients

  • 1 small very ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted) at room temperature (plus extra for pan)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon flax-seed
  • 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a mini loaf pan with butter.
  2. Mash the banana with a fork in a medium bowl. Add butter, sugar, egg yolk, and honey and stir well. Mix in the flour, flax-seed, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan slightly before moving it to a wire rack. Serve with butter or enjoy on its own!

Hope you try either mine or the original recipe and enjoy it like we did! And if you have some time to browse, look through the rest of that website – Dessert for Two – she has all these recipes that are scaled perfectly to make a dessert for just two people. And some dinner recipes. I spent almost two hours after writing my post, browsing her website and bookmarking things. And I will order her cookbook as well, as soon as I have a chance.

Have a good week everyone.

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