One of my favorite things that my family makes during this season and into the New Year is banana nut bread. This is the recipe that we use, and, given that I happened to have a few bananas that have gone quite ripe, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to attempt to make it on my own for the first time and document it on this blog for later use!
- 3 overripe bananas, mashed very well
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Start by preheating the oven to 350° F. Next, add 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt into a large bowl. Set aside your dry ingredients.
Now, mix 1 egg, 1 1/8 cup of sugar and a 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in another bowl.
Once the wet ingredients are well combined, add them to your dry ingredients and stir well.
After this, add 2 tbsp of milk, a 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 3 overripe bananas, thoroughly mashed, into the mixture. The ripeness of the bananas is key for the best flavor. Stir well.
A few optional ingredients that you could add to the mixture as you see fit are walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar. I personally feel that they add a lot to the flavor.
Finally, you are ready to pour your mixture into a loaf pan.
Before putting the batter into the oven, I sprinkled a generous amount of walnuts over the top, as well as some more cinnamon and brown sugar to give it a more flavorful crust.
Put the pan into the oven on top of a cookie sheet, and bake it for 50-75 min. Check the bread regularly with a knife or toothpick to see when it is finished.