If you’re like me, you buy bananas and eat a couple but sure enough, you have those last three or four you forget about and they just sit there getting brown. Instead of throwing them away, put them to good use. Those brown bananas are perfect for banana bread. The best thing about banana bread is that it requires things you most likely already have in your pantry. And a bonus, you don’t need any electric mixers. This one is easy to do by hand. It really doesn’t get any easier.
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup granulated sugar (more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract (you can omit if you want)
Optional: Nuts of any sort (I don’t use them, but it’s your banana bread, so go nuts)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mash the bananas with a fork. If you want more banana bits in your bread, don’t mash them so well, leave some chunks. Add the butter, sugar, and egg to the mash and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Add dry to wet and mix until just combined. Stir in salt. If you want to add nuts, now would be the time to do so. Add them and just mix until they are combined. Be careful not to over mix it or the bread will come out quite dense. Pour batter into greased loaf (or muffin) pan. If you’re using a loaf pan, it will need to bake for about an hour. For muffins, check after 45 minutes. Just keep an eye on it. It’s done with the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let me know if you try this one out.
Here are some of my other baked goods I’ve made on the blog:
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cherry Hand Pies
Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats
Homemade Hostess Ding Dongs
Molten Lava Cakes for two