How many of you buy bananas, wait for them to ripen and when you go to grab one they are DONE. As in speckled and smell very sweet, but not the type most of us like to peel and eat. If you’re like me, you have tried MANY different banana bread recipes. This one isn’t DIFFERENT (no chocolate, oats, etc.) – but it is so tasty (with minimal sugar) – it’s Classic – and it’s divine. Banana bread usually starts to dry out a few days after you bake it. This photo is day 3… (Yes, it took me that long to remember to get a shot!)
I saw this recipe from Simply Recipes – and thought I would give a classic banana bread a whirl, it has been some time. As soon as I saw this recipe, with less sugar and butter than others, I gave it a shot. Woohoo, #winwin.
Banana Bread (Recipe: Simplyrecipes.com)
- 2-3 ripe BANANAS, mashed with a fork (around 1 1/2cups)
- 1/3 cup melted BUTTER (I used salted)
- 1 teaspoon baking SODA
- Pinch of SALT
- 1/2 (heaping) cup SUGAR
- 1 large EGG, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon VANILLA
- 1 1/2 cups FLOUR
- 2 large handfuls of WALNUTS, chopped
Preheat oven to 350℉ – butter 4×8″ loaf pan (I used glass)
In a mixing bowl: mash the ripe bananas with a fork, (watch the video to see consistency) – until completely smooth. Stir in the melted butter and stir again.
Add baking soda and salt to the mixing bowl. Stir. Add sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla. Stir. Mix in the flour until incorporated then fold in the chopped walnuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes (I checked at 40) – until a cake tester/toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Remove from oven, and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Use a butter knife to loosen the sides. If you want to remove from the pan you can do so at this point. I left it in the pan, I seems like it would stay moister, and I didn’t have anything that I could easily cover to transfer it to.
I used a serrated (bread knife) to slice it because the walnuts can make it a bit tricky.
ENJOY! Watch the video and print the recipe by SimplyRecipes.com HERE (scroll to bottom until you see the video)…
✍️ Until next time…