When it comes to buying fresh fruit for our family, we mean well. We always pick up a big bunch of bananas at the grocery each week, along with apples and grapes, with the best intentions of consuming everything. But the truth is we rarely eat all of the bananas before a couple of them start turning brown…and then none of us wants to eat them. Banana Quick Bread to the rescue!
This quick bread recipe is perfect for the two lonesome brown bananas you feel too guilty to throw away. Another perk? You probably already have everything you need to make this delicious bread. I have tweaked this recipe a few times to make do with what I have on hand. The original version is from my trusty Pillsbury Best Muffins & Quick Breads book.
Hearty Banana Quick Bread
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup applesauce or softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 medium mashed ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
Everything you need for the bread! I often use applesauce instead of butter, and I usually go with whole wheat flour because I think it’s more filling.
First, combine sugar and applesauce or butter. The little helpers in your house can have fun mixing!
Next Step: Add the eggs!
In a separate bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. My sous-chef likes this part.
Finally, pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and give it a good stir until well-mixed.
Pour mix into a loaf pan. I spray the pan with Pam so it doesn’t stick. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
Voila! Hearty, homemade banana quick bread. I like it plain or topped with butter or peanut butter. Yum!