Banana bread is certainly a favorite in my home. Bananas are inexpensive and can be transformed in so many different recipes. I will usually purchase two or three pounds of bananas from the grocery store every week. My fave bananas as of late have been Del Monte Organic bananas from Aldi. These bananas have the most phenomenal flavor and we now prefer them over all others.
When my nanners get too ripe I just toss them whole with skin on in a freezer bag and freeze. The morning I know I will be making bread I toss into the fridge and they thaw in about 8 hours. I just snip the tip off and squeeze out the ripe contents, easy-peasy..
So my recipe is quite simple. You can use my base recipe and just switch out the nuts and white chips with any other berry, nut, or what-have-you. This one is such a favorite that I've been keeping it taped inside my cupboard. I can whip up a quick batch in the evening and have my family enjoying it for breakfast in the morning. I hope you will enjoy as much as we do! If you are looking for a gluten free banana bread recipe I do have one posted here.
Mama's Best Banana Bread Recipe (printable page here)
-1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp STAR Butter Flavored Olive Oil (found mine at Walmart) OR use 1/2 stick butter OR 1/4 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
-2 large eggs (extra large are even better!)
-3 very ripe bananas with the strings and little end removed
-2/3 cup white granulated sugar (can sub 1/4 c honey + 1/4 c brown sugar)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp almond extract
-1/4 cup unsweetened plain applesauce (cinnamon can work too, just skip adding dry)
-1 tsp lemon zest
-1 1/3 cup all purpose flour (sometimes I do 1 c AP flour + 1/3 c WW pastry flour)
-1/4 tsp table salt
-1/2 tsp baking soda (be sure it's fresh!)
-1/4 tsp baking powder
-1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (pumpkin pie blend works well too)
*I like to sift mine twice!
Optional Add-in Ingredients
-1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
-1/3 cup white chocolate chips
**See bottom of post for more ideas!
1) Preheat oven to 350F
2) Grease two small light colored pans or even line with parchment paper3) Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl then smash with a potato masher (I like to leave chunks of my bananas in there but you want it to be mostly smooth)
4) Hold a mesh strainer over the batter and begin adding dry ingredients while lightly shaking them in
5) Mix all dry ingredients into the wet until they just combine, don't worry about little lumps (I keep using my potato masher so I don't have to dirty something else)
6) Lightly stir in the optional add-in ingredients
7) Pour batter into your greased or lined pans
8) Bake for about 25-30 minutes until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean
9) Set baked bread on a rack to cool, and peel parchment off while still slightly warm if you used some (We love eating this bread while it is still warm with a pat of butter melted into the center)
Additional Add-in Ingredient ideas (pick 1-3 at a time for best bread rise and use 1/3 cup each)
-dried apricots chopped
-grated zucchini (squeezed of excess moisture)
-natural peanut butter (increase flour by 1/4 cup)
-any chocolate chip (dark are divine with cherries)
-chopped dried figs
-shredded sweetened coconut
-coated chocolate candies
-hazelnut chocolate spread
-chopped crispy bacon
-chopped Snickers candy bars
The sky is the limit! Follow this recipe to the "T" and you will always have amazing results, moist rich, decadent, and crispy edged banana bread that everyone will want to devour.