Very Berry Banana Bread

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Jamie's gone this weekend, off fishing in Seattle with his brothers to celebrate their dad's birthday. As I sometimes do, I got a wild hair last night to clean out and organize my baking cabinet. While realizing that I have a serious sprinkles addiction, along with about 37 different styles of cupcake liners, I started to get in the mood to bake.
Then, this morning, my friend Mary posted photos of some gorgeous cupcakes she had just picked up at a bakery, and that was it. I could resist no longer.
Digging through my Pinterest boards for something I could make without having to go to the store proved challenging. I'm in desperate need of a grocery store and Costco run, but then inspiration struck.

3 bananas, probably 12 hours from hopelessness, sitting on the kitchen counter. I LOVE banana bread, but bananas never last long enough in our house to get ripe enough to be good for baking. We bought tons last week, because Max has been taking one to school every day in his lunch, and these last 3 had crossed over from “delicious snack” to “ingredient, but hurry!”

And so banana bread it is!

Very Berry Banana Bread

Adapted from somewhere, but I'm not sure where… I just have an old printout…

2 c. flour (I used whole wheat)
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 t. cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
3 overripe bananas
Generous handful of mixed berries (I used frozen)

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Grease and sugar standard loaf pan
Combine flour, cinnamon, soda and salt.
Cream together butter and both sugars in a separate bowl.
Add vanilla, eggs and bananas and mix until well blended. (I just threw whole bananas into my KitchenAid. They were *that* ripe!)
Add flour to banana mixture and stir to combine.
Add berries. (I think frozen hold up a little better than fresh for stuff like this)
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake 45-50 min, until toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
Let bread cool in pan, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Or just eat it while it's still super hot. Burning your tongue is worth it. 😉

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