Monday, March 19, 2012

Banana Bread

Every week we typically have around 1-3 bananas left from the bunch that don't get eaten because they just get brown so fast!  We love to make fruit smoothies in our house so I always peel them, cut them in half, and stick them in a baggie in the freezer.  Frozen bananas make the creamiest smoothies!  This Sunday afternoon in particular though I was in the mood for some banana bread!  I used the remaining two bananas from that week along with one from the freezer that I just defrosted in the microwave.  I added a little bit of cinnamon crumble over the top just because but that part is completely unnecessary.  This banana bread is so so good all by itself.  I also added some chopped walnuts as well because I love them!


Banana Bread
via Simply Recipes
yields one loaf

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar (original called for 1 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups whole wheat flour (can use all-purpose)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350.

With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.  Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. A dd the flour and walnuts, mix.

Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan.  Top with cinnamon crumble if desired. 

Bake for 1 hour.  Cool.  Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Cinnamon crumble
from my pear muffins

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cubed butter
~ 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Mix well, until crumbles form.  This is easiest to do with your hands!


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