Oh my, fresh out of the oven BANANA BREAD! Slice it fresh and warm or have it later toasted with butter. You won’t be able to resist. A couple loaves in my house won’t make it overnight!
This recipe uses my “frozen bananas” that I saved from being tossed in the garbage from getting too ripe. You can put them in the freezer for this luscious bread recipe. They squeeze right out of their peel when thawed in the micro for a quick few seconds. But, don't use the bananas cold, it will make your butter stiffen up in large chunks. Believe me on this I did it and was sorry! Had to wait for both of them to thaw out together on the kitchen counter for a couple hours. Silly lesson to learn.
Waste not, want not. Don’t waste those delicious bananas. Do you know how far they had to travel to get to your kitchen? When on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, I was surprised to see a ship loaded with big bunches of these green babies. It was quite a sight. On their way to BANANA BREAD!
This quick and easy BANANA BREAD recipe has made my Budget Friendly Baking List. A recipe that is perfect for all penny pinching bakers that are trying to feed a truck load of hungry tummies.
Makes 2 Loaves
2 ripe bananas, you can use your frozen ones
½ cup butter
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Generously grease pans with shortening, then cut wax paper to fit your pans so bread is easy to remove later. Pans are so easy to clean up this way, too. This is a great tip I learned from mom back in the kitchen when I was growing up. She even cut round circles for her layer cakes. She made the prettiest birthday cakes!
In a large mixing bowl take your bananas and squeeze out into bowl. Mash well. (They slither out so fast....haha!)
Add softened butter, eggs and sugar, mix well with your muscles and a spoon. No electric mixer needed here.
Add rest of ingredients and stir together until mixed well, it will still be lumpy. Don’t worry it all comes out perfectly even with the lumps, those are just lumps of deliciousness, butter balls and banana morsels. At this point you can add ½ cup of chopped nuts or chocolate morsels (or both), but then it’s not as budget friendly. That’s up to you.
Pour into lined pans and bake about 50-60 minutes. With a toothpick poke in the center to test if done. It’s ok to be a little moist in the middle. But not a jiggly puddle.
Take out of oven and rest a few minutes on a wire cooling rack. Now you can remove these loaves out easily by pulling up on the wax paper handles. You may have to slide a knife down on each end, but really this is so smart, no messy pans and no broken up BANANA BREAD!
And that is it!!!! So simple. Great recipe for kids to bake. They will love the part where you squeeze out the bananas.
Once I made the recipe as muffins! It was so good. Makes about 2 dozen muffins. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Perfect for a great take-a-long snack or breakfast on the run. MMMM……….with hot coffee in the car on a cold winter day. So yummy.
Try this recipe gluten free, you can substitute gluten free baking flour of your choice but beware it may not rise the same, but will still be yummy.
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