I LOVE BANANA BREAD! Yum yum yum.
Banana bread is pretty low cal and totally delicious. Have some especially brown and ripe bananas that you are thinking of throwing away? Don’t! Save your money and make something out of them!
– 4-5 ripe bananas, mashed
– 1/3 cup melted butter
– 3/4 cup sugar (many recipes call for 1+ cup but this is not necessary)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 egg, beaten
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (substitute whole wheat flour if preferred)
– Chopped walnuts (optional but DEFINITELY recommended)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Using a wooden spoon or a potato masher (easier), mash the bananas until goopy (sorry but that is the only way to describe the texture).
Mix MELTED butter with mashed banana in a mixing bowl. It is very important that the butter is melted! Next, add your sugar, vanilla extract and egg to the mixture. Once combined, evenly sprinkle the salt (just a pinch or so) and baking soda and mix. Add your all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour) and combine until your mixture is creamy. If there are a few small chunks here and there, that is ok!
Mix about 2/3 – 3/4 of your chopped walnuts into the mixture before pouring it into a 4 x 8 loaf pan. I suggest lightly coating the pan with crisco or butter, and sprinkling a little bit of flour on it to prime the pan. This will make it easier to remove the loaf later. Top the mixture with the rest of your chopped walnuts.
Bake for about 1 hour and let cool before serving to avoid crumbling.
I like to slice and toast my banana bread for the extra crispiness. It’s good plain, with a little bit of butter or even cream cheese on top!
Another plus? Your house will smell AMAZING.