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Easy Banana Bread Recipes
Using Ripe Bananas
We have the best of intentions when buying a bunch of bananas to eat them fresh and enjoy their delicious flavor. But then life takes over: you get busy, move on to other fruits and veggies, and the bananas just sit there…ripening. They’re still good, but you’re not entirely sure about getting such a banana-y taste.
What to do…
What to do…
Make some banana bread! You’ll never have to worry about ripe bananas again! These two recipes are quick and easy – they don’t take much time to prepare and right around an hour in the oven.
They’re great for breakfast, as a snack and in picnics.
The first recipe is banana blueberry bread. This tasty bread is so good for you!
Benefits of Bananas
Bananas have SO many benefits!
If you ever talk to a sports enthusiast, he or she might be able to tell you that bananas are full of potassium. If you ever get muscle cramps, eating one or two bananas can help quickly alleviate that pain!
They’re full of fiber, iron and Vitamin A, too. The fiber helps get everything moving nicely through the digestive tract. Vitamin A is great for the eyes and your body needs iron to build red blood cells.
They also have 27 grams of carbohydrates, and one gram of protein per serving – says my Fannie Farmer Cookbook.
Benefits of Blueberries
This is truly a superfood. The benefits of blueberries are numerous: they’re good for the heart, eyes and are packed with antioxidants.
A ¾ cup serving of blueberries has 61 calories, and 15 grams of carbohydrates, according to The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.
Ingredients for Banana Blueberry Bread
- ½ c butter, softened
- 1 c sugar, organic
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ c flour, unbleached, whole grain
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 bananas, ripe
- 1 c blueberries, fresh or thawed
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and eggs. Mix until they have a creamy texture. Add in the flour, baking soda, vanilla and salt. Mix well.
- Fold in the bananas and mix.
- Gently add the blueberries and only mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Mixing too much will cause the mixture to turn blue.
- Spray or butter a 1.5 qt. bread pan (or 9x5 loaf pan). Add mixture and bake at 350° for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and crust is slightly browned.
A Few Tips...
- Make sure to add the blueberries last so that you don’t risk changing the color of your mixture.
- If you don’t want blueberries (or don’t have them on hand), no problem – just add one more banana to the mixture for regular banana bread and ½ c walnuts or pecans (optional) for a tasty banana treat.
- Take a look at the table below for healthy substitutions if you're needing to watch what you eat.
In Place Of:
You Can Use:
margarine, soy margarine
¾ cup honey or 1 c sucanat
3 ripe bananas
3 egg whites
Which Will You Try First?
Let’s say you want banana bread but you don’t have blueberries.You still want to add “something” to make it a yummy but different sort of banana bread.The solution? Peanut butter!
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Ready in: 55 minutes
Yields: Serves 4-6 (makes one loaf)
- 2 c flour, unbleached
- ½ c sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¾ c peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
2 ripe bananas
Instructions for Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix together the “dry” ingredients: the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Add the eggs and mix well.
- Fold in the peanut butter and bananas and mix well.
- Spray a 1.5 qt. bread pan (9x5 loaf pan). Add the banana mixture.
- Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until the crust is slightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Serve warm! Put a little pat of butter on a slice and let it melt into the bread.
- You can also try serving with honey, preserves or even cream cheese.
- Add a little cinnamon over the butter.
- Mix ½ honey and ½ butter for some honey butter and spread it on a slice of banana bread.
© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun