This is the last week before my crazy life as a grad student starts up again. So I’ve been going on a baking and cooking frenzy. I made this banana bread earlier this week. So glad I did. I’ve been enjoying a slice at breakfast… or as a mid afternoon snack… or both!
This is a basic recipe that everyone should have on hand. The extra bananas in it make it super moist and dense. Dress it up with the chopped walnuts and/or chocolate chips… or just keep it plain. Each way is absolutely delicious!
Bananas are a delicious fruit. They are high in fiber, potassium, and iron (that means your body smiles when you eat them). They are portable for a great on-the-go snack. They taste great sliced up in cereal. Have you ever eat frozen slices of banana? You should. Last night I tried a chocolate dipped frozen banana for the first time. DELICIOUS.
So I often find myself buying more bananas than I can consume in a week… which, as we all know, means that some find themselves changed from the beautiful yellow fruit we adore… to this.
Still beautiful, right? For banana bread. I purposely let these little guys brown and then popped them in the freezer. These frozen bananas are actually a lot sweeter when they turn brown and are truly ripe. They are more mushier, so I use them for the banana bread.
I try not to waste anything I bring into the house… (see Quick and Easy Crouton recipe). When I lived in Chicago my roommates and I would save the black bananas in the freezer for banana bread. When you’re ready to bake a loaf, just take out your frozen (beautifully colored) bananas and defrost them for the recipe. I promise it won’t kill you… or the bread.
Banana Bread (makes 1 loaf)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 5 1/3 tablespoon butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat on high speed butter and sugar until lighted in color. Beat in the flour mixture until the consistency of brown sugar. I should be crumbly and dry.
- Add the eggs in one at a time and beat until combined.
- Finally, fold in the mashed banana. If you want, add in the walnuts and/or chocolate chips too!
- Scrape the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean… about 50-60 minutes.
- Allow the bread to cool about 5-10 minutes before removing from the pan.