Happy Mistakes (Oops! Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe)

We all make mistakes. Some teach us valuable lessons. Others, we wish never happened. Happy mistakes are serendipitous.

This scene from the movie Serendipity defines them well:

Jonathan: This is the ultimate blend to drink. How’d you find this place?
Sara: I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It’s one of my favorite words.
Jonathan: It is? Why?
Sara: It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident.

Believed by some to be acts of fate, these “fortunate accidents” are all around us: the “wrong” relationship, or relationships, that lead us to Mr./Mrs. Right; the incorrect turn that lands us at a fabulous site; staining our favorite top so we must get a new one. 😉

The other night after placing a pan of banana bread in the oven, I had that “something’s not right…” feeling. Eggs. Completely forgot them. Rather than take the loaf out and scramble some in (not that I’ve done so before…or anything…), I left it. It still looked banana-bread-ish, after all. I threw in a few chocolate chips, because most everything tastes better with chocolate, and chalked it up to an experiment. Everyone who’s tried it has gone nutso over it. Gotta admit, I dig it, too.

So…next time life gives you brown bananas, but perhaps no eggs, why not bake this?

Oops! Blueberry Banana Bread 

  • 1 cup whole wheat four
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk w/1 T. vinegar* (I use almond or soy milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3.5 – 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to thaw)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (opt.)

    *To make a healthy buttermilk substitute, place 1 tbsp of vinegar in a half-cup measuring cup, then fill it to the top with low-fat milk.

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a standard-size loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Stir flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Add the brown sugar.In a medium bowl, combine oil, milk/vinegar mixture, vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Gently stir in the blueberries. Pour batter into the pan. If desired, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.

Nutritional perks: Rich in fiber and antioxidants, low in sugar and saturated fat and cholesterol-free. The canola oil adds healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function and moods.
What about you? Any happy mistakes to share? Recipes gone wrong the ultra-right? Perhaps we should start an “OOPS” cookbook… 😉