Wednesday, August 11, 2010

When Life Gives Bad Bananas- Make Banana Bread

My resourceful friend/new roommate Mike turned nearly-bad bananas into a delicious loaf of banana bread last night. I would have tossed the bananas, but this loaf became breakfast and dinner! Very thrifty!

Banana Bread Recipe:

3-4 Smashed Ripe Bananas
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
2 Eggs, Beaten
1 Cup Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean (or 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract)
1 Teaspoon Baking soda
Pinch of Salt
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour (we used unbleached)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix butter into mashed bananas, then mix in sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add the baking soda and salt. The flour goes in last. Pour the mixture into a buttered bread pan and bake for 1 hour. Remove and enjoy!

We didn't have a bread pan in the whole apartment (I never bake) so Mike made one out of aluminum foil. This resulted in a slightly lumpy loaf, but who cares if it was delicious? This is the best banana bread I've ever eaten, it's not overwhelmingly sweet or cloyingly banana-y.

Here's the bread fresh out of the aluminum foil bread pan. This bread was so quick and easy to make that I think I'll become addicted to baking my own bread. The results are much tastier and cheaper than the store bought counterparts.

Nah, we weren't playing tea party. Whenever the dining room table is cleared and we're actually eating from it, it's set like this. Warm fresh baked banana bread for supper, who needs anything else?

I had two slices for dinner and two slices for breakfast. The bread is filling and delicious, but watch out. Last night after happily devouring two slices I slipped into a banana-bread comma. You've been warned.


  1. Van,

    I too love banana bread and could eat it for every meal, but of course I don't.

    Try using applesauce in place of the butter for a healthier alternative, it's yummy and you don't miss the butter at all. If you are like me, I love butter on it after it's baked, bad, bad, bad, but who cares :)

    Love those plates.

  2. Looks delicious and now of course I'm hungry for banana bread.

  3. Ohh, that looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe! I have bananas in the fridge....

  4. just popped my banana bread (your recipe) into the oven. Amazingly I had just enough bananas and they were perfectly ripe.

    I did sub applesauce for butter... so, we'll see how it turns out in 50 minutes. :-)

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  6. Well, my bread turned out wonderful and I will surely make it again. The applesauce took the place of the butter perfectly, and next time I'm going to add a few nuts. Thank you again.

    I'm going to link the recipe to my blog along with a pic I took.

  7. Now you need to go buy a loaf pan at the thrift store :)

  8. looks yummy! we are huge banana bread fans around here--although i usually up the calorie content by making it PEANUT BUTTER banana bread!
    (visiting from ana's friday archive dive)

  9. staring at the fish on your plate... (sigh) ... i'm so easily distracted.

    thanks for sharing this! i'm with mel and gina, in subbing applesauce for butter, and cutting back on the sugar (because applesauce is sweet)... and it turns out very moist too. i hope that didn't ruin the decadence of this lovely meal :)

    did you ever get a loaf pan? clever to use foil, make do with what you have right?

  10. Yum! I'm glad you linked up to Ana's Archive Dive! I'm constantly tossing out bad bananas and have been looking for a good banana bread recipe. (Oh crap, I forgot - my oven is on the blink right now)

    By the way, love your pretty plates!

  11. Hello from Ana's Archive Dive
    Gorgeous fishie plate!
    and that Banana Bread is making my mouth water
    BIG time!

    I found out you could make bombablious french toast by throwing a VERY ripe banana into a blender with an egg and some milk...delice!

    Happy Weekend to you and yours!


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