Whole Wheat Banana Bread

At the last minute we ended up having quite the crowd at our place for the Super Bowl last weekend which meant pulling together a nice spread of snacks to keep the crowd happy. I did the usual – guac, seasoned popcorn, chipotle bean dip, etc. – and Ry grabbed some bbq from our neighborhood rib joint. It was a rather impressive menu given the short notice and as I was looking for my standard brownie recipe I realized there wasn’t really anything healthy to offer so, I put the cocoa powder away and took out the banana bread recipe I’ve been trying to sort out. Usually when I get to the point when I’m trying to refine a recipe I get more diligent with my measurements and notes but since I had only a little time to get this in the oven I barely managed to make some chicken scratch notes – but definitely caught the changes that I believe make the difference. It was a pleasant surprise to to discover that in my haste I managed to get the exact flavor and texture I had been hoping for – and it was a huge hit with the football crowd.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1 Tbs whiskey
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 C AP flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tps baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/3 C buttermilk
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed

Preheat oven to 350˚


  1. Beat together the eggs, sugar, butter and whiskey until evenly mixed.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
  3. Slowly begin to add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients being sure to scrape down the sides a couple of times.
  4. Next mix in the buttermilk and the mashed bananas until the butter milk has been absorbed but the bananas are still a little lumpy.
  5. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and put in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread pulls out clean.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Cher Mar 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Looks great. I’ll try it this weekend.

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