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Olive Oil Banana Bread

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Olive Oil Banana Bread —ripe bananas, vanilla yogurt, and extra virgin olive make a deliciously moist classic quick bread.

slice of banana bread

This Olive Oil Banana Bread is a lightened up version of classic banana bread. Using olive oil instead of butter for a more healthful bread without looking flavor. This recipe is a spin on a dear friend’s mother’s banana bread recipe which I believe to be the best banana bread I’ve ever had. My adaptation came about not to improve the recipe but out of the need to improvise. The result is this still delicious but a bit more healthy version of an amazing banana bread recipe.

Olive oil banana bread ingredients

olive oil banana bread ingredients

Bananas
All-purpose flour
Salt
Baking powder
Baking soda
Sugar
Vanilla yogurt, or plain
Olive oil
Egg

Light and fluffy quick bread

ripe bananas

This bread is not only better for you because of the ingredients, but it’s also super fluffy and not at all dense. The original recipe calls for shortening and milk to which baking soda is added to activate its leavening power. Banana bread can be really dense so adding baking soda to an acidic ingredient like yogurt or milk in a recipe will create carbon dioxide making it act as yeast. This gives more lift to the batter making a fluffier bread.

Instructions

yogurt with baking soda in a bowl

Start by mixing the vanilla yogurt and baking soda in a small bowl. Set it aside to get airy and bubbly.

mashed bananas and olive oil in a bowl with a fork

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and whisk them with the sugar, olive oil, and egg.

banana bread batter

Pour the banana mixture into the flour followed by the airy yogurt. Beat until smooth without over mixing.

banana bread batter in a loaf pan

Pour the batter into a prepared 9×5 loaf pan and bake at 325° for 50 minutes to an hour. Check for doneness around 45-50 minutes and every 5 minutes after until fully baked. 

loaf of olive oil banana bread on a rack

Allow the loaf to completely cool on a rack before serving.

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Olive Oil Banana Bread

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Olive Oil Banana Bread—ripe bananas, vanilla yogurt, and extra virgin olive make a deliciously moist classic quick bread.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:50 mins
Total Time:1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 c all-purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c vanilla yogurt or plain
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 medium bananas mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla optional if using plain yogurt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small bowl mix, the yogurt and baking soda then set aside.
  • In another bowl mix together the olive oil, sugar, and egg. To that add the mashed bananas, salt, and baking powder.
  • Add half the flour and blend, followed by the airy sour cream and blend, and then the last of the flour to blend.
  • Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes to one hour. Check for doneness around 45-50 minutes and every 5 minutes after until fully baked. Allow the banana bread to completely cool on a rack before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bananas, bread, olive oil, quick breads
Servings: 12
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Ty

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