Banana Bread!

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Banana bread is one of those recipes that are great for using left over ingredients that you don’t know what to do with. Specifically I’m talking about bananas. I don’t know about anyone else, but my bananas always ripen at a quicker rate than I can eat them. Next thing I know I’m left with mushy brown bananas that I don’t want to eat (and probably shouldn’t). Then I found a solution to my problem: banana bread! This baked good requires SUPER ripe bananas (and I mean the brown-all-over kind of ripe), so I no longer feel like I’m wasting the bananas I buy them. This recipe really doesn’t require any crazy ingredients to make, and it doesn’t use butter so it’s basically healthy!

Many of the recipes online are vague about the amount of bananas and eggs to use, and although I understand this is because bananas vary in size, I still found it frustrating. The recipe would say 2-4 bananas, but is it 2 or 4?! Because too much banana can make the bread mushy (I know from experience).

Anyway, I wanted a recipe that was more exact so I could nail it every time. After some experimental baking/trial and error, I think I now have a solid banana bread recipe in my pocket! This has now become my go-to recipe for banana bread. It makes just the right amount for me to consume solo (#foreveralone), and it’s not too sweet either!

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Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F

2. In a large bowl, mash up the bananas. Mix in oil, egg, and vanilla until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients (sugar, baking soda, salt, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon). Combine the dry mixture with the banana mixture, adding a little bit at a time. mix until smooth.

4. Pour batter into a greased 4 x 8 in. bread pan (the size of the pan matters, trust me! It cooks more evenly, and the bread rises just enough while in the oven. 5 x 9 in pan will turn your bread into a flat cake shape). Bake in oven for about 1 hr.

Some additional goodies that can be added: chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts, more cinnamon, and/or whatever your creative heart desires. I usually like to sprinkle some powdered sugar on top once it’s out of the oven for a finishing touch of sweet!

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