Watt Watchers of Texas: Texas is Too Good To Waste™

Activity: Making Banana Bread

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Time: 1hr 30 min

Activity Overview: Making sure to consume all the food that you buy is a fantastic way to reduce waste and save money. There are many simple ways to help you reduce the amount of food you throw away and help you get a little more organized. To start off, you can make a list of the food that you and your family eat on a weekly basis, as well as the food that is more likely to get thrown away. Make sure to check out our activity Make Your Own Food Diary to get more information on organizing your meals. 

This activity is done best at home but can be incorporated into the classroom through research activities on food conservation.

Make Banana Bread

Bananas are a delicious and nutritious snack that pretty much anyone can enjoy. But if you’re not the kind of person that enjoys a banana every day, a batch of bananas can easily start to get dark and mushy before you get the change to eat them all. Fortunately, while mushy brown bananas might not be very appetizing to peel and eat on their own, they are absolutely perfect for making banana bread! 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flower 
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 ½ unsalted butter sticks 
  • 1 ½ cup butter milk 
  • 3 mashed ripe bananas 
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts 

*Feel free to use whole milk if you don't have buttermilk.

*For a dairy free option use 2 cups of flour instead of 3, omit the milk and substitute the butter with coconut oil.

Step 1: Set your oven to 350° F

Step 1: Mix your flower, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, crushed walnuts and salt in a bowl until fully and evenly combined

Step 2: Combine the sugar and butter until smooth

Step 3: Whisk together milk and eggs then pour into butter and sugar mixture

Step 4: Add bananas and dry ingredients then use your whisk to combine all the ingredients until you achieve a smooth texture (a few lumps and bumps here and there is alright)

Step 5: Pour mixture into a greased cake or bread pan

Step 6: Cook for about an hour in a dark 9in pan. If you are using a glass container reduce the heat a little or cook only for about 50 min. To see if your banana bread is finished cooking, insert a toothpick in the center, if it comes our clean your bread is ready to cool. 

Step 7: Take out of the oven and let sit for about 30 min. Once your bread is cooled, slice and enjoy!

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