My mom gave me her recipe for banana bread about a dozen years ago. I make it often because I love it but also because it’s a great way to use up bananas that have ripened for too long on the counter. The riper the banana the better for this recipe. Aside from the bananas, all the other ingredients are pretty standard items that I’m likely to have in the cupboards or refrigerator so I never need to plan ahead to make banana bread. If I’m not ready to make the bread but the bananas are ready, I just toss them in the freezer. When I’m ready to make the bread, I take the bananas out, cut off the peel, and follow the recipe as usual. I don’t even bother letting the bananas thaw (by the way, frozen bananas are yummy — they’re a creamy texture and very sweet).
Adapted from Mom
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup mashed banana (about 2-3 whole bananas)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and blend in the milk, egg, and oil. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until well blended.
Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour (I usually take it out slightly before an hour because we like our bread a little under-done). Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.
I noted that this recipe is adapted from my mom’s. My mom’s recipe calls for 2 Tbsp melted vegetable shortening instead of the vegetable oil. I seldom have vegetable shortening on hand and almost always have vegetable oil, so I once substituted the oil for the shortening and the bread tasted just as good, so I’ve never bothered with the shortening again. Also, Mom’s recipe calls for 3/4 cup of Grape Nuts cereal (the nuggets, not the flakes) added to the flour mixture. Many years ago I forgot to add the Grape Nuts and Mark and I found that we liked the bread better without the cereal. So, again, I’ve never bothered to use it since.
Charlie loves to help make banana bread (he’s not so great at eating it, but we’re working on that). He’s in charge of peeling and mashing the bananas.
And, here’s the result: