Reducing Food Waste Recipe: Honey Banana Bread

Honey Banane BreadAs World Environment Day worked to make all of us understand around the world food gets wasted everyday. I am starting a new series here of recipes you make to reduce your food waste. American waste about 40% of the food they purchase per year. I am going work to help us reduce that waste. Here is the first of a series of recipes I am going to post on how to reduce your food waste.

I started with my son and my favorite Honey Banana Bread. We love bananas in our house and we have them here all the time but sometimes the temperature or the environment in the house otherwise makes the bananas ripen to fast so I have a need to make something else with them. The other thing we love in our house in yogurt. This recipe also calls for yogurt so it helps us reduce our waste by being able to use two common but perishable ingredients our house to make a great snack or breakfast item (yes, I have had it for breakfast, there are healthier options but….)

Ingredients

1/2 cup of organic salted butter

3/4 cup of local honey (not the store bought stuff in the plastic bear)

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cup of unbleached flour

3 very ripe organic bananas

2 organic eggs

1/2 cup of yogurt (can be vanilla or even apple cinnamon do not use fat free or greek yogurt)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Honey banana bread ingredientsMash the bananas in bowl with a fork until there are no large lumps. Melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove on low heat add the melted and slightly cooled butter to the mashed bananas. Add eggs yogurt, vanilla and honey and stir till well mixed. In a large measuring cup measure the flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, stire together with a spoon.

Grease and flour two loaf pans and pour the mixture evenly in each loaf pan

Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 mins. It is a very wet mixture so it takes a long time to bake, do not increase the tempertature to cook faster it will brown on the edges and not cook all the way through. Honey also carmelizes at a lower temperature than sugar so it is better to bake with honey at a lower temp.

So what did you save from the landfill: Old bananas, yogurt that is about expire, and eggs that are going to go bad. Not bad for one batch.

This recipe freezes very well… if you do not eat it all first!

Comments

  1. Yum! I love banana bread! I may have to give this particular recipe a try. Thanks!

  2. I use dark bananas in lieu of eggs and in smoothies. I love it when they are ripe! The bread looks yummy.