How to Make Banana Bread and Fun Variations
You'll Love It!
Although I normally write about law and politics, I thought that today I would share something fun and easy. Friends always ask me for the recipe to my banana bread. They love it. Here is a newsflash: not all banana bread recipes are the same.
The trick is getting the bananas into the mix at the right time: the riper the banana, the richer and sweeter tasting the bread. The more bananas you use, the more flavor the banana bread will have. Banana bread is perfect for anytime of the day. I love it in the morning with a great cup of joe for breakfast.
So wait until those bananas are super ripe. Then mash those babies into the best banana bread you have ever tasted!
Tips to Get the Perfectly Ripe Banana
- To slow ripening, bananas should be refrigerated. If your bananas are super ripe but you are not ready to make banana bread with them, keep them in the freezer! The outer peel of the banana will darken but the banana itself will stay intact longer.
- To encourage faster ripening, place the banana in a brown paper bag at room temperature.
"The perfect fruit": 1 banana contains a variety of vitamins!
- Vitamin B6 - .5 mg
- Manganese - .3 mg
- Vitamin C - 9 mg
- Potassium - 450 mg
- Dietary Fiber - 3g
- Protein - 1 g
- Magnesium - 34 mg
- Folate - 25.0 mcg
- Riboflavin - .1 mg
- Niacin - .8 mg
- Vitamin A - 81 IU
- Iron - .3 mg
- 3 - 4 bananas, peeled and mashed
- 1/3 cup real butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tsp baking soda
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease loaf pan with butter and lightly dust with flour.
- Mash bananas in a bowl until almost smooth.
- Add sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix well with a fork. Tip: Do not pour hot butter over the egg as it may cook the egg slightly.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Pour flour mixture into banana mixture a bit at a time and mixing as you go. Make sure all is mixed together well before pouring into loaf pan.
- Pour contents into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.
- Check middle of bread with small knife or toothpick to make sure the center is done (knife comes out clean).
Try these fun variations of banana bread!
How to use it
place on top of loaf prior to baking
pecans or walnuts
stirred into the mix
stirred into the mix
dusted on top of baked bread
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|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||81|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 9 g||14%|
|Carbohydrates 44 g||15%|
|Sugar 15 g|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|Sodium 84 mg||4%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
By Liza Lugo, J.D.
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