I should not go to Costco hungry.
For those of you who don’t know what Costco is, it’s a warehouse that sells everything from appliances to paper towels. And everything is in bulk. Post it notes in packs of 120 and restaurant size bags of rice and flour.
Actually why I go – I love over-sized bottles of vanilla and sugar in 10lb bags. For the baker it is a handy place to shop.
Unless you’re hungry.
My mind and my stomach divide on every trip – one is yelling at other shoppers because they stopped their trailer size carts in the middle of the surprisingly narrow aisles to stand for 10 minutes waiting for the bite size piece of cheese on a tooth pick that they are sampling, and the other is yelling Mmmmmm cheese, I want to sample the cheese!
And because I’m hungry, and bought the 36 count box of Pop-Tarts, I try to compensate with something healthy and end up buying too much produce. Hoping my kids will share in my excitement over the 4lbs of strawberries, 2 lbs of blueberries and 6 pack of orange peppers. Yeah, not so much. They want the Pop-Tarts. Oh well. So today I took my extra produce and made bread! Not the peppers, of course, but the blueberries, and the bunch of bananas that I had in the freezer from my last over zealous trip to Costco!
Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread. It’s moist and delicious and the pop of fresh blueberries really blend well with the nuttiness of the whole wheat flour. Which reminds me, I am running low on flour, I think I need a trip to Costco.
I think I’ll eat a piece of this Banana Bread first.
Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 apple sauce)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup fresh, or frozen, blueberries
* Heat oven to 350, spray a standard size loaf pan with Pam for Baking
*In a large bolw beat together sugar, oil (applesauce if using), and mashed bananas. Add Yogurt, vanilla and eggs, blend well.
*Add flours, baking soda and salt – stir until just moistened.
*Stir in blueberries.
*Pour into pan, bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan and cool completely.