Better Banana Bread


Oh dear. What to do with those bananas on your counter? You’ve probably slapped a palm to your forehead when they soften and speckle and no one – including you – wants to eat them. Might leave you to wonder, as it has me, why should I keep buying bananas?

Here’s why…


~Nourishing – complex carbohydrate, fiber, potassium, minimal sodium

~Easy to take along as a snack

~No need for a napkin. Just peel and eat.


And ripening bananas are ideal for making banana bread.

Maybe you’ve got a banana bread recipe and you’re satisfied with it. Perhaps it’s one everyone loves, maybe an award-winning family recipe. So why change?

Here are a few reasons to try a better one.

In this recipe, I’ve used whole wheat bread, incorporated brown sugar and added millet, a grain seed high in antioxidants and magnesium

Banana Millet Muffins

1 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 3 small)

¾ cup brown sugar

½ stick butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 cups whole wheat flour*

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

¼ cup millet**


In large mixing bowl, combine first 5 ingredients and stir well.

In medium bowl, stir together flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through millet).

Add flour mixture to banana mixture, stirring just until moistened.

Spoon batter into muffin tins (I use those silicone, easy to “pop out” muffin pans). Bake at 350 for 20-30-ish minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

I always double or triple this, refrigerate the batter, then bake a few at a time so they’re fresh. This is a great option when you have guests and want to serve warm muffins in the morning and/or offer them for an afternoon snack.


*The original recipe calls for All-Purpose flour. However, to increase the fiber value, I use whole wheat flour. I purchase bulk wheat berries and grind them in my Whisper Mill, but whole wheat flour is fine, too.

**Millet: the name given to a group of several different small-seeded grains from several different genera of the grass family Poaceae,–-november-grains).

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