Banana Bread

Banana Bread. These two words can illicit opinions stronger than the question “When is Jennifer Aniston going to get married?” Everyone seems to have an opinion on “the perfect banana bread recipe.” While half want nuts the other half doesn’t. One wants it a bit firm while another wants it as soft as possible. Maybe that’s why Banana Bread was the #1 top googled recipe of 2014.

I’ve had some bad banana bread through the years. There is nothing worse than bland banana bread. (Well maybe that time I accidentally ate rotten cream cheese in high school is worse. Dang lunch ladies!) You’re all excited to take a big bite and the next think you know you’re left wondering if any bananas were even used in the recipe. In short, they either didn’t put enough bananas in or the bananas weren’t ripe. Just say “no” to green naners when you make banana bread!

With 4 ripe bananas, this recipe has an explosion of banana flavoring. Only have 3 on hand? Have no fear, 3 will work also – it just won’t be as banana crazy.

As for nuts – add them in or leave them out. It’s up to you.

After you try this recipe, leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it!

Banana Bread
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 8 oz. Salted Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 4 Ripe Bananas (Medium)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Bread or All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts (Optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  3. Add the sugar and butter to a large mixing bowl and cream until fluffy.
  4. Add 1 egg to the mix and beat until combined. Repeat with the 2nd egg.
  5. In a seperate bowl, mash the bananas. Add the milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and mix.
  6. In another bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix to combine.
  7. Add the banana mixture to the sugar/butter mixture and stir until combined. Add the dry ingredients, and mix until flour is combined (don't over mix!).
  8. Fold in the walnuts.
  9. Pour the mix into the greased loaf pan.
  10. OPTIONAL: Sprinkle brown sugar on the top to add a little crunch.
  11. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the bread.
  12. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from loaf pan.
  13. Top with butter or honey and enjoy!
 

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