I was in the grocery store the other day and saw bananas were discounted. They were a little old, I guess, but not old enough. So I picked them up with the idea that I would wait a few days and then make banana bread.
You don’t need that many ingredients for banana bread, but what you do need is really ripe bananas. So ripe that there’s no way you’re gonna eat them by themselves. So ripe that you are ready to toss them in the trash. The riper, the better too.
Finally, after a handful of days on the counter, Pete took half of one for breakfast and left me the other half (that’s why half a banana is way darker than the other ones). And then I used them and made my famous banana bread. I have no idea where this recipe is from. It’s handwritten, by me, and I got it from someone. There’s no name or date on the recipe, just a few grease stains.
My biggest suggestion is to use chocolate chips in this recipe. It’s how we love our bread. Oh, you can go with nuts too. But to me, that’s just not the same. And if you do go with nuts, make sure you use whole nuts that you crush yourself, not ones that are already sliced. For some reason, those sliced ones get so soft and they’re lost in the bread.
If you have lots of overripe bananas to use, find some other ideas in our list of Budget-Friendly Banana Recipes.
Homemade Banana Bread
What You’ll Need:
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup and 2 tbs. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
- 2 tbs. sour cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips
What You’ll Do:
Preheat the oven to 350.
Peel and mash the bananas. I use a potato masher and get them as mashed and mushy as possible.
Drizzle in the oil. Beat sugar and eggs for ten minutes with a handheld mixer.
Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until just incorporated.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
Pour in a parchment paper lined loaf pan.
Finally, bake for one hour.
Do you have recipes for your ripe bananas too? Be sure to leave them in the comments so we can try them out!