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I stumbled upon a meme the other day about bananas. At first thought it seems a little odd to have a meme about fruit, but to be fair the bananas probably deserve it. One of the more finicky of snacks, it takes a while for them to get ripe and then---seemingly once they are perfect, they are brown.
Fear not; even if you are like me and have a bad habit of forgetting about your fruits until its too late, a great banana bread recipe is all you need to save the day. I’ll walk you through my favorite one here (thanks mom).
What you will need
- Mixing bowl
- Two eight inch loaf pans
- Mixer or Large spoon and lots of determination
- 1 ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (3 or 4 medium sized bananas)\
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup of chopped nuts (optional, we like walnuts)
Preheat oven to 350 while mixing sugar and butter into bowl. Stir in the bananas, eggs, buttermilk and banana until smooth. Add remaining ingredients minus the nuts (if using) and stir well. Add in walnuts if desired then pour mixture into two well-greased 8 inch loaf pans. Bake time is around one hour at 350 degrees—when the loaves are done you should be able to smell your yummy project, see the bread pulling from the pan, and have a tooth pick inserted into the middle come out clean. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan and then let cool completely before slicing. Bread should be enjoyed within four days at room temperature or refrigerated up to ten!
I also like to add a bit of cinnamon to my banana bread creations, some say it is just for zucchini bread--I do not agree.
Try using brown sugar instead of regular sugar to switch up flavor. I also sometimes like to add brown sugar to the top of the loaves while cooling to give it a bit of something extra.
You can always try adding fun new ingredients into the mix, like chocolate chips. Check out a great list from Taste of Home here.
If you are trying to cut calories or are just ever like me and decide to embark on a recipe before making 100% sure that you have all ingredients and do not in fact have butter, applesauce can be used instead! Checkout that substitution and other healthy ingredient swaps here.
Written by: Mindi Flippen