This morning as I was just waking up to the comforting sounds of hearing my dog barking to be let out at 7am, I thought “Okay just another normal day”. I’ll get up grab a some fruit, get the dog outside go for a walk. Come back in make coffee and drink it while a meal prep my breakfast for the week. Ya know the typical Sunday morning routine. Only I walk into the kitchen to see brown spotted banana’s, a little too ripe for my liking. So I skip the fruit turn the coffee on and take the dog for a walk. All the while thinking of what I should make with these banana’s since I hate to waste food. I thought, instead of meal planning like originally planned I added a some banana bread to the menu. Check out this delicious and simple banana bread recipe.
This banana bread is absolutely amazing and so simple it only added a few extra minutes to my meal prep routine. This recipe was just something I threw together on a whim hoping it would work out, and it turned out so good I write it down right away and decided to share it all with you!
the trick is too use banana’s that are too ripe with lots of brown spots, and brown sugar. I’m telling the brown sugar does it all 🙂
- 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup lite brown sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. prepare a bread pan. I spray mine with a canola oil cooking spray.
- Mix dry ingredients together: baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flour. Then set aside.
- Mash banana’s in separate bowl. I use a fork for this since I want it a bit chunky but you can use a hand mixer too. Then set aside
- Mix butter and both sugars together.
- Add the mashed banana’s, egg, and vanilla to the butter mixture. mic until incorporated and creamy.
- Slowly add in dry ingredients until mixture is thick, it may be a bit lumpy. Do not over mix.
- Transfer to prepared sheet and bake until brown on top. about 30-35 minutes.
For making this recipe up in a few minutes I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. it was a think fulfilling bread but moist and not crumbly. the best part was that it froze well! I cut the loaf in half and froze it since I already had my meal plan for the week. I actually ate this at night for a sweet treat with my tea before bed.
You can also adapt this recipe to add chocolate chips, apple sauce, or even walnuts if you prefer. this was just a quick one so I didn’t have all ingredients I would have liked on hand.
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What is your favorite way to use up fruit that is too ripe without throwing it away?