Saturday, August 3, 2013

Please Welcome Guest Faith Black, Editor at Berkley Prime Crime

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

by Faith Black (adapted from 100 Days of Real Food)

  • 2 ¼ cup whole-wheat flour (or white whole wheat flour)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt or vanilla flavored
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • chocolate chip (optional)
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease pan.
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl mix mashed bananas with yogurt, honey, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  3. Fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture until blended. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake large loaf for 40 – 50 minutes or until it comes clean with a toothpick.

I use white whole wheat flour so it's not quite as dense (but is still a bit healthier).  And I threw in some chocolate chips because I had them in my pantry and because, why not?  The rest of the ingredients are so gosh darned healthy, you can afford to splurge a little, am I right? Also, I used vanilla Greek yogurt rather than plain because that's what I had in my fridge--in fact, I had all of these ingredients already in the pantry which made this both an easy and economical baking experience last night.  And it meant we had a tasty healthy breakfast treat with our coffee this morning.

Gather your ingredients

Mix well

Don't forget to set a timer!

Delicious for breakfast or a snack!

Faith Black is a lifelong reader of mysteries. 

It began, as it so often does, with Nancy Drew, and then a beloved teacher introduced her to the great Agatha Christie through And Then There Were None (with the last chapter removed so none of the students could read ahead and spoil the ending). So it was like finding the holy grail to get a job at Berkley working on so many wonderful Prime Crime titles and getting to revel in mysterious happenings every day.


  1. Oh Faith we are so honored and delighted to have you visiting today! thanks for the banana bread recipe. I LOVE the story of how you evolved into an editor. And Peg has so many good things to say about you...

  2. Faith, thanks so much for being here today! And Lucy's right, I LOVE working with you. I'm going to make this for my granddaughter who loves banana bread. I love the healthy twist of the whole wheat flour, and she'll love the surprise of the chocolate chips!

  3. Now I've got a yen for banana bread and since I have no oven, this means I'm coming to your house Faith, right?

    I'm going on vacation in a couple weeks to a place that does have an oven, though! Yummy expectations!

    1. I have to second this. How do you manage without an oven?


  4. Penguin timer. Perfect. :)

    Welcome to the Kitchen, Faith, and thanks so much for sharing a deliciously healthy recipe. Have a wonderful summer weekend!

    ~ Cleo

  5. Thanks for joining us at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, Faith, and for bringing your pet Penguin too.

    This banana bread looks terrific and healthy too. I am looking forward to trying it!



  6. Faith Black was the editor for my debut mystery novel. She did a great job with a rookie author, and made a lot of editorial suggestions that improved the book. Nice to see she is still in the game and doing better than ever!

  7. WOOHOO! Our first guest editor! Thanks so much for coming by the Kitchen today, Faith.

    I love this recipe. Bananas and chocolate are such a classic combination. And you used coconut oil! Now that's really healthy. I can't wait to try it!


  8. Faith, I love the addition of the chocolate chips to your banana bread recipe. This would make a great holiday gift!

  9. Oh, the Penguin timer! Love it! Still looking for white whole wheat flour in these parts -- another example of its merits!

    (Faith is my editor, too, and let me tell you, she's got the perfect name for her profession!)

  10. Thanks for having me! It was a lot of fun. I originally had more ambitious plans and was going to use my ice cream maker but the summer has kind of run away with me and I ran out of time. But at least this way I got to show off my awesome new penguin timer. How cute is he? Glad to be a part of Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!