Lynda Balslev: Back to banana basics

There are all sorts of tweaks you can make to a banana bread by mixing up the flours and adding extra ingredients, such as chopped nuts and chocolate chips. In this recipe, I use a blend of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour, which adds a pleasant heft to the bread, along with shredded coconut for freshness.

Are you in the mood for a prepackaged healthy snack? Or how about a slice of quick bread to accompany your morning cup of coffee? Look no further than the ubiquitous banana.

Bananas are naturally sweet and nutritious, high in fiber, rich in potassium, magnesium, and B and C vitamins. Best of all, bananas come all zipped up in their own skin, which makes them easily transportable — perfect for a lunchbox, a workout recharge and a bite on the go.