Who doesn’t like banana bread? This easy recipe for banana nut bread is the same recipe my mom used when I was a child. Of course at times she had a hard time getting the bananas for the recipe. With six kids, bananas didn’t last long enough to ripen enough for the bread:) I honestly think she hid them from us just so she could make this bread.
After my mom went into the nursing home I had the job of going through her things and I came across this recipe in an old recipe book that she had. Now it is the recipe I go to, to make this wonderful bread from my childhood.
I have tried many recipes, and I mean there are a lot, to make banana bread but this recipe is by far the best. With 6 kids there was always one who didn’t like the nuts. So to please everyone she made 2 loaves. One with no nuts and one with nuts.
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Sorry, when I typed the sentence about my mom making 2 loaves regarding nuts this just popped into my head. Of course this is the slogan for mounds candy bars and almond joy candy bars. I’m the one who doesn’t feel like a nut because mounds candy bars are my favorite.
But when it comes to banana bread I want the nuts. This recipe makes only 1 loaf so my mom would just double it.
Picking the Right Bananas
The best bananas for bread are fully ripe bananas with speckles on the peel. You don’t want to use the bright yellow bananas with a little green on them. These bananas are too firm for mashing. The better use for these are just peeling and eating as is or in a fruit salad.
Most bananas that you buy in the store will be a little green. If your purpose is for banana bread, keep the bananas at room temperature. The warmer it is the faster they will ripen. If you want to slow the ripening process just place your bananas in the refrigerator. But beware, the peel will turn black but the fruit will be fresh and ripe.
Have you ever bought a large bunch of bananas when they were on sale and they ripened too quickly before you could use them up? Well good news, just peel and store in the freezer in a freezer storage bag until you are ready to use them. Just remember to add a bit of fresh lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
Are you ready to make some awesome banana bread? Let’s get to it then!
- 1/2 c cooking oil. (I use vegetable oil)
- 1 c sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 c chopped nut ( I use pecans but my mom used walnuts)
Beat oil and sugar together. Add the beaten eggs and mashed bananas and beat well. Add the sifted dry ingredients, milk and vanilla. Mix well and stir in the nuts. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. 9x5x3. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 hour. Cool well and store overnight before cutting. Makes 1 loaf. You can double the recipe if you wish to make 2 loaves.
As far as cooling well and storing overnight before cutting never happened. We never allowed my mom to let the bread cool completely. And cutting it the next day. No way!
Bananas Are A good source of Potassium
Have you ever suffered from leg cramps? When I do it usually means I am low in potassium. My mom would tell me to go eat a banana. But honestly I would rather eat banana bread. So how many pieces of banana bread equals 1 banana? I don’t know the answer to that but to be sure I was getting enough banana I would just east several pieces:) Sounds good to me. How about you?
So the next time you are at the grocery store and bananas are on sale buy a few extra. Remember that once they ripen you can store the extra in the freezer. Then when you get a hankering for banana bread just whip those babies out of the freezer thaw them and with this recipe make an awesome loaf (or two) of this delicious bread!
Do you have a favorite recipe for banana bread?
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Have a Wonderful and Tasty day!