Easy Banana Bread

It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes our bananas get to the point they are past the point of being tasty. They’re not rotten, but are definitely over-ripe. Enter Banana Bread. This recipe is so simple, requires a mixing spoon, one half cup measuring cup, one bowl, a teaspoon, and a bread pan. Minimal ingredients, minimal dishes to do, and maximum delicious.

Banana Bread

Based on Simply Recipes

You’ll need:

  • 2 over-ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mash your bananas. This should be pretty easy, as they’ll be soft. If there are still small chunks remaining, it’s not a big deal. Mix in melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Blend well.

3. Add baking soda and salt. Mix. Add flour, and fold in until just combined. Don’t over-work the batter.

4. Butter or spray a bread pan. Pour batter in pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, but check it as early as 40 minutes. The loaf is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Allow loaf to cool in pan. Once cool, remove, slice, and serve.

It’s best when it’s still a little warm from the oven, but will be good for 2-3 days in an air tight container. Good luck making it last that long!

In case you’re interested….an easy granola recipe and homemade cinnamon rolls.

Zucchini Banana Bread

Zucchini is in season right now! Stir fry it. Bake it. Stuff it. Check out Delish for 20 different yummy looking ways to prepare this springtime veggie.

The only way I would eat zucchini when I was a kid was when my mom disguised it in a loaf of quick bread. I was pretty sure that was the only way people ate zucchini. After all, who would cook it and eat it as a vegetable when it was so tasty in bread? Why mess with a good thing? Right?

Bonuses of this particular recipe: no processed sugar, part whole wheat flour, no butter or oil. And, it’s not dry as a brick!

Zucchini Banana Bread

Based on a recipe from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice

You’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 (heaping) tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 (heaping) cup shredded zucchini

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a standard sized loaf pan.

2. Beat eggs, banana, honey and syrup until smooth. Enlist in blender, if need be.

3. Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.

4. Once mixed, fold in zucchini. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes.

5. Remove loaf from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

See those green flecks? This stuff is good for you, people! Happy baking!

Christmas time is here!

There’s snow on the ground. Christmas records on the record player. The tree is up. There are gift exchanges. Christmas cookies. Choir rehearsals. Family parties. Pilgrimages to the homeland. Happiness.

It’s a wonderful time of year. I really do love it.

We decorated the tree tonight to the sounds of a Christmas Pandora station and the smells of banana bread baking.

I’m putting forth a concerted effort to ooze every minute of enjoyment out of this month. So many years have gone by that I get caught up in the busyness of the Christmas and before I know it, the season has passed me by. Some things that I intend to fully and completely relish in this December:

  • Christmas caroling
  • Gift shopping and wrapping
  • Snowshoeing. I. Can’t. Wait.
  • Baking Christmas goodies
  • Movie watching…lots of movie watching

I wanna know: What are you most looking forward to this Christmas time?