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Cosmic Banana Nut Bread

This is my favorite banana bread.  I’ve been making it since the early 1970’s.  The addition of whole wheat flour was something most of our mothers didn’t bake with, but we were “back to the land”, earthy and organic.  Now, I add several heaping tablespoons of ground flax seeds, and sometimes I use a good quality organic yogurt in place of the sour cream.  There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference when using yogurt, either in taste or texture.  Here’s the recipe:

Cosmic Banana Bread

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) sea salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (walnuts add omega 3’s)   

With a mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and mix well.  Whisk dry ingredients together and combine with butter mixture; blend well.  Add bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and nuts; stir well.  Pour into greased 9×5 loaf pan.  Bake 1 hour at 350*.

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