One of my favorite things to cook when I was little was the Big Bird’s Banana Bread recipe from the Sesame Street Treasury book series. I passed these books on to my son when he was younger and despite the fact that he outgrew them long ago, we still keep Volume 2 close by to make this banana bread that he absolutely loves. I get quite nostalgic flipping through the pages and reading the different stories included, remembering back to both my childhood and when my son was younger and just learning to read. 🙂
I’m eager to share this recipe so you can create your own fond memories! This banana bread is delicious, easy and quick to make, is safe for many allergies, and you can add in lots of different ingredients to change it up. We love walnuts, but mini chocolate chips, pecans, toasted coconut, and nut butters subbed in for half of the butter (including Nutella!) are all good options! This recipe can also be vegan by using agave nectar instead of honey and Earth Balance, coconut oil, or applesauce for the butter. We love packing this in lunches, but our favorite way to eat it is warm with a bit of butter. Cream cheese or peanut butter also make excellent toppings.
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup honey (agave nectar or brown rice syrup are good vegan subs!)
- 1/4 cup melted butter (or Earth Balance, coconut oil, or applesauce to make this vegan!)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place your peeled bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash them together. Add the honey and melted butter, and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flower and baking soda, then mix thoroughly into the banana, butter, and honey mixture. Add your walnuts, chocolate chips, or other additive – about a quarter cup for most, or to taste. Spray your loaf pan with non-stick spray and bake for one hour, testing to be sure a toothpick stuck in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.