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Monday, February 09, 2015

Banana Bread

I had some extremely ripe bananas practically decomposing before our eyes on the kitchen counter last week.  They were just screaming to be baked into something sweet, fluffy and delicious.  So I smashed them with fervor (not really) and quickly whipped up a loaf of banana bread.  

Madison, our almost three year old, ate most of it. She wanted it for breakfast and for snacks all week.  I can't say that I blame her.  It was quite delicious, and the small amount of sliced almonds I added were absolutely perfect.  

By the way, I threw these ingredients together and into the oven in about fifteen minutes (and I had a little helper to slow me down).  Two minutes after I put it in the oven I realized that I forgot the sugar. THE SUGAR!  I dumped it on top, mixed, mixed, mixed, and these bad boys still came out great.  So yeah, this recipe is idiot proof.  And by idiot I'm only referring to myself.


Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 60 minutes


3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
Your favorite nut(s) (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter loaf pan.
  • Mash the ripe bananas until smooth. 
  • Add in melted butter, sugar, beaten egg and vanilla extract, mixing after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl add the flour.
  • Mix the baking soda and salt into the flour. 
  • Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix (do not over-mix).
  • Stir the nuts into the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan (add nuts to just the top, if preferred). 
  • Bake for approximately 60 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  • Store on the counter, tightly covered, for up to two days, and in the fridge for up to an additional five days.

Bake for joy,



  1. I absolutely banana bread warmed up just a bit with some cool milk! I'm not the best cook so its great that you have an easy to follow recipe here! I will definitely revisit this post once i gather the courage to make a loaf of banana bread!


  2. Mmm...I'm with Madison on this one. I can eat banana bread all day every day. I'll have to try this recipe out!

  3. Super simple recipe, exactly what I have been looking for! Will definitely be trying this very soon. Thank you For sharing! I've been wanting to make banana bread for a long time now, particularly banana nut muffins!

  4. I must try this...and I don't even like bananas. Lol I just like to bake. Will see how this turns out for my nana lovin' friends! :-)

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  6. I've been promising my kids I'd make banana bread for a while now. Maybe I'll make it happen this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.


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