Writing this post is driving me bananas. Perhaps the one-bowl recipe is too simple to create a story around it. Instead of forcing creativity, this will be a short post. With this basic recipe using over ripe bananas rapidly turning black, “make it your own” by adding another nut, cranberries, or chocolate chips. Serve with a good cup of coffee or loose-leaf tea. Like this post, making the bread takes a few minutes, and it’ll be ready within an hour.
Banana Bread with Nuts
3 to 4 ripe bananas
1/4 cup melted butter, cooled (or use good quality olive oil)
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, amount is based on personal taste
1-1/2 cup flour*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tbsp. baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or choice of nut; more for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
3. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
4. Pour banana batter into loaf pan. Garnish with nuts.
5. Place in the oven and bake from 50 minutes to one hour.
6. Let cool on a wire rack.
*Note: Use 1+1/2 cup of white flour or use 1 cup of white flour + 1/2 cup of wheat, increase butter to a 1/3 cup.