Friday, July 26, 2013

Easy Banana Bread

Do you have one of those foods that just puts you in a good mood? I'm talking about one of those foods that the sight, smell, touch, or taste just makes you happy! For me, that food is banana bread. I don't know why it is, but there is something about it that is so comforting to me. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but pour me some chocolate milk and I'm set!


Even the process of making the banana bread is calming and relaxing for me. I am not really much of a cook, but I do sometimes enjoy baking, and when you make banana bread it smells so sweet and yummy from start to finish. We have bananas around the house a lot, but sometimes a few of the bananas are overripe for eating alone, so I have been using them in this recipe by Elise Bauer


What I like about the recipe is that the ingredients are pretty standard. We keep most of these things on hand at home. All you need are 3-4 bananas, 1/3 cup of melted butter, almost 1 cup of sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, a pinch of salt, and 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour.


My other favorite thing about this recipe is that you do not have to use a mixer. Talk about easy! You can combine the ingredients just by using a spoon in your hand. First you mash the bananas, and then you gently combine all of the other ingredients (making sure to add the flour to the mixture last). 


Once you have mixed your yummy banana bread concoction, scoop the ooey gooeyness into a buttered pan. Try to use a bread or loaf pan if you have one on hand. Bake up the bread in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the banana bread is nice and golden, and puffed up in the pan, remove it from the oven and set to cool on a rack.


That is all you need to do to make this yummy banana bread recipe. Hard to believe it right? The last step is to eat it! I also like to change things up by adding walnuts or chocolate chips. It's my special secret to keeping this recipe exciting and fulfilling. In one batch, I added mini milk chocolate chips and the banana bread disappeared in less than a day!


What about you? Do you have a recipe that is your go-to for comfort food? I would love to swap recipes with you! Send me a link or leave me a comment below.

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