Ah, good old banana bread. They are one of my favorite one-bowl recipes and the fact that I can get Mr. Chau to eat bananas is a bonus. I’ve tried a lot of banana bread recipes and this one is not only easy to make, you’ll likely have everything in your pantry already. The hardest part about making banana bread for me is that I don’t always have bananas at home, so I need to plan ahead to wait for bananas to ripen before making them into banana breads. You definitely want to use really ripe bananas, like when they are close to turning really brown or when the bananas have crazy amount of “freckles”, because they’d have more banana flavor and are sweeter which means you can use less sugar.
Recipe adopted from Simply Recipes
Ingredients (makes three mini loafs, approximate measure of 4.9″ L, 1.8″ H, 2.5″ W or one regular 8″ x 4″ loaf):
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup sugar (I usually take 1-2 tbsp of sugar out from 3/4 cup depending on how ripe the bananas are)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter your loaf pan(s).
- As you peel your bananas, break them off into large chunks and put them in a medium bowl. Using a sturdy metal whisk (alternatively you can use a fork), smash bananas until smooth. Add in melted butter and mix well.
- Stir in baking soda and salt. Then add in sugar, beaten egg and vanilla. Finally combine the flour thoroughly.
- Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan(s). If you are using the mini loaf pans, be sure to divide the batter as evenly between the 3 pans as possible for even baking.
- For the Mini Loaf Pans: bake them for 35-45 minutes, checking at 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- For the Regular 8″ x 4″ Loaf Pan: bake it for 55 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes, checking at 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- When done, remove from oven and let loaf(s) cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, slice (preferably with a bread knife) and serve.
- You can add 3/4 cup to 1 cup of chopped nuts, raisins or chocolate chips to the batter and make the banana bread a bit more special.
- Have too many bananas? You can make a few loafs of banana breads and freeze them for later. Learn how to wrap up baked goods for freezing from the kitchn.