Has anyone seen the Banana Bread?


What's left of my baking!
What’s left of my baking!

I’m fairly sure I just made a loaf but I seem to have lost most of it already! As you can see from the photograph I needed an apple to help prop up what is left of something not even 24 hours old. This recipe is a firm family favorite and is so easy to make. I’ve made it for school occasions and every time I’ve had teacher come and ask me for the recipe because the kids devoured it in a matter of seconds. The house fills up with the gorgeous scent of baking and I don’t even have to tell anyone what I’m doing as they will suddenly get a whiff of baking banana bread and come running through to the kitchen to ogle the oven.

I know I mentioned this delicious treat in a previous post when I wrote about healthy foods for my kids but I thought I’d go one step further and share with you the recipe. This will give you the basic banana bread but you can jazz it up by adding fun things like chocolate chips or nuts to it, even changing vanilla essence for almond essence as I’ve sometimes done. This recipe makes one loaf of bread and good luck keeping it more than a day!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, mushed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, toffee chips, almond slivers, or raisins

Step One: Pre-heat oven to 350/190

Step Two: In a large bowl combine all ingredients except flour. Mix well then add flour.

Step Three: Pour batter into bread tin lined with parchment paper or greased with butter and dusted with flour.

Step Four: Bake bread for 50-60 mins, turning loaf halfway through. At around 45 mins start checking your loaf to see how it’s doing; everyone had a different oven and some cook faster/slower than others so you may find some need more or less time in the oven. Your loaf should be a beautiful golden brown.

Step Five: Remove from oven and allow to cool before turning out onto a wire rack. Slice and enjoy!

Like I said, if you have small kids who love a good snack this is a champion! I’ve had fun experimenting with different versions and naturally the chocolate chip version is a favorite, hotly followed by the toffee chip version.  This is also a great addition to lunch boxes if you want something a little less processed and a lot more made-with-love-at-home. If you try it let me know how it worked out for you. I also love to hear if you jack it up in your own way!

Have fun!

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