Sunday, January 19, 2020

6 Ingredient Banana Loaf - Mix and Bake

6 Ingredient Banana Loaf
There are so many banana loaf recipes online that I'm hesitant to add another to the mix.

However, some people may appreciate this simple 6 ingredient recipe. It's easy to remember, and the items are what most people have in their cupboard.

This recipe has been my quick go-to solution for using up ripe bananas for over thirty years.

"This is a no egg, no milk recipe"

The Basic Ingredients:
  •  3 mashed ripe bananas
  •  1.5 (one and a half) cups of flour (I use white flour)
  •  1 cup of sugar
  •  2 tablespoons of butter (on the softer side but not melted)
  •  1 teaspoon of baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
For Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf, add a 1/2 to 3/4 cup (your choice) of chocolate chips.
For Banana Nut Loaf, add a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of your favorite chopped nuts.
For Cherry Banana Loaf, add a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of jarred cherries (only the cherries, not the liquid)

Directions:

Everything goes into one bowl. 

Mash the bananas, then add the other five ingredients. Mix it together. It's ok if the butter isn't completely dissolved. You can bake it as is, or go ahead and add any of the suggested items above, chocolate chips or nuts or cherries. 

Put the mixture in a non-stick loaf pan. Personally, I've never used a pan that's not non-stick, so if you plan to use one, spray it with non-stick cooking spray or rub a layer of butter on it.

Bake at 325 for approximately 1 hour or until it's fully cooked. With my oven, it will cook faster. I check it at about the half-hour point by giving it the touch test on top. When I think it's fully cooked, I'll put a knife down the middle, and if it pulls out clean, it's done.

Adjustments:

Over the years I've altered the recipe from time to time. I've used more bananas (four) and sometimes fewer bananas (two). Also, the size of the bananas can call for small adjustments. If the bananas are small, then I'll use four without adjusting the flour content.

When I use four large bananas, I tend to add a bit more flour. Generally, I go by the feel of the batter. 

When I feel the batter needs additional moisture, I'll add a bit more butter - a third heaping tablespoon.

Slicing Your Banana Loaf

I always cut-up my banana loaf, then display it in a cake dish. It's a visual thing and entices the gang to eat it. 

I've cut the loaf in two ways: 

1. Once it cools, you can cut it in horizontal one inch wide pieces like you see in a bakery, then display it in a pretty cake dish.

or,

2. Cut it in two-inch wide horizontal pieces, then cut it vertically down the middle giving the pieces a larger square look.

My family prefers the chocolate chip banana loaf - Here it is, cut in larger squares as described in point number two above.




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9 comments:

  1. I love to bake and this sounds great. Thank-you for sharing.

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  2. How did you know I had 3 over ripe bananas on my kitchen counter right now? I was looking for a recipe for some good banana bread and now I don't have to look any further. Thank you Barbara, you are a help for me especially today. This recipe sounds delicious!

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  3. This sounds great. I will try it next time I have ripe bananas. Thanks

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  4. Sounds like a quick and simple recipe (my favorite kind ~ LOL). I like mine with walnuts and would enjoy a slice or two fresh-baked right now. :)

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  5. I love banana bread and your recipes does sounds nice and easy! I'm sure it will be delicious too, just like your chocolate icing. I also like the idea of adding chocolate chips to the banana bread. Yummy!!!

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  6. Looks easy and tasty. Do you think one could have oatmeal, nuts and raisins in one loaf?

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    1. Barb, certainly nuts and raisins would be ok (I presume). If I were to add oatmeal, I'd probably add another fairly large banana? Might be a trial and error thing - you have me thinking now, I'll have to try it.

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    2. Lol, had to google this - apparently you can substitute 25 to 35 percent of regular flour with oat flour (oat flour is just ground up oatmeal from what I've read). I would try it with normal coarse oatmeal. So in this recipe maybe I'd try 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of flour - I'm going to try this!

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  7. Banana bread... is there any better treat? Now I'm having a craving. Thanks for such a simple way to bake up a loaf. I might try some with cherries and nuts. Yum!

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