So was anyone brave enough to get on the scale yesterday morning? Not me!!! No way! I am definitely one who would just get depressed and drown my sorrows in more food. Better for me not to see a number until next week, after I have worked off all those extra calories and carbs.
I know this picture and recipe isn't helping any of us return to our healthier eating habits. But now that it is officially the "Holiday Season" I can post nothing but sugar/carb/fat stuffed yummies and not have to apologize!
This bread is not your normal, everyday banana bread. Sure, the streusel on top makes it special, but the layer of streusel in the middle just makes it indulgent! My kids ate the whole loaf in one breakfast, so it was definitely a success. Your family will never want boring ol' banana bread again!
Streusel Banana Bread
(makes one loaf)
recipe adapted from Canadian Living
1 1/2 C mashed over-ripe bananas, about 4 medium
1 C sugar
1/2 C butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 C brown sugar
1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 Tb cold butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x5" loaf pan with nonstick spray.
2. Prepare the streusel by combining the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the bananas, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and soda, and salt. Stir just until combined. Spoon half of the batter into the greased loaf pan and top with half of the streusel mixture. Add the remaining batter, then top with the remaining streusel.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 65-70 minutes until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.