This morning I had a mountain of black bananas, which the husband has been eyeing hopefully while whispering banana bread under his breath, hoping it sinks into my subconscious. I pulled out my splattered and ragged banana bread recipe, passed down from my mom, given to her by a college friend’s mom and used until well-worn before any of us precious little angels were born.
This banana bread is simple, and classic.
It has everything a purist loaf of banana bread needs – sweet, overripe bananas, no additional mix-ins. A moist and tender crumb, and a sweet, slightly sticky top that cracks and splits right down the middle, in tender perfection. Cut a slice and melt on some butter – the world stops turning as you drift into a heavenly banana dream. And naturally, when stirring up the batter you can add all the walnuts and chocolate chips you like – a little banana bread blasphemy is always wickedly fun.
This recipe has been emailed, copied, and written down so many times by so many people, my mom spends half her time on the computer sending it out. It’s about time it was posted online for all of you to enjoy!!
Best Banana Bread
You can add chocolate chips, walnuts, dried fruit or even coconut flakes to mix up the flavors and textures! I tend to go the purist route and not mix in anything – I always plan to do it next time!
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine in bowl:
2-3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ cup Canola oil
Mix well, pour into greased pan. Bake 45-60 minutes. Serve hot, with butter!
Banana Muffins: spray paper liners in a muffin tin. Scoop in ¼ to 1/3 cup batter in each cup; makes 12.
Mini Loaf Pans: spray mini loaf pans before using; makes three.
Hawaiian French Toast: use slices of banana loaf instead of regular bread when preparing French toast.
Elvis Style Hawaiian French Toast: spread two slices of banana bread with peanut butter; spread one slice with jam, and make a sandwich. Dip into egg and milk for French toast, and cook as French toast.
Replace 1 cup sugar with ½ cup honey
Replace Canola oil with melted coconut oil
Enjoy your banana bread, and please share with me your ideas for mix-ins!