Bananas rarely go brown in our house. We buy a couple of kilos every 10 days or so...and they are devoured quickly. Last week I snuck a couple from the bowl and let the ripen in secret, in preparation for the baking of a banana loaf this weekend.
I've got 2 recipes that I swear by...one from my Nonna, the other a family favourite from the Beatrix Potter Cookbook. Squirrel Nutkin's Banana Nut Loaf is perfect. The recipe offers an option between using all white flour, or a mixture of white, whole wheat, wheat germ and oatmeal. I love this loaf made with all white flour, it is dense and nutty and slices really well...oh and is AMAZING slathered with butter.
I didn't have enough white flour in the cupboard so I went with the flour, wheat germ, oatmeal combination. The oatmeal gives the loaf a completely different texture, and in combination with the wheat germ makes it seem somewhat healthier.
Jam packed with walnuts and sultanas it makes for an excellent guilt-free snacking loaf...well until slathered with Nutella, that is.