Bananas are a staple food for me. I have one almost every day whether it is for breakfast or a snack. They are always on my weekly grocery list. My husband on the other hand will not touch them. He refuses to eat almost anything that deals with bananas. ALMOST anything. He likes this banana bread (with chocolate chips).
This bread does not have an overwhelming banana flavor. There is a balance that satisfies the banana lover in me and does not disgust the banana hater in my husband.
I always add chocolate chips to the recipe because my husband and I are both chocolate fanatics. You can add nuts if you prefer or just keep it as pure banana bread. Whatever you do, this sweet, soft bread will not disappoint.
*Warning: while baking this bread it will make your kitchen smell wonderful. Resist the urge to remove it from the oven and devour the entire thing immediately. It comes out of the pan better after it has cooled for about 10 minutes. Or you could be like me and start eating straight out of the pan while it is hot! 😉
Prep time: 15 min Baking Time: 1 hr Baking Temperature: 325°F
2 cup Flour
1 1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Rips Bananas, mashed
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Nuts or Chocolate Chips if you desire
- Preheat oven to 325°F and prepare your bread pan by greasing the bottom, corners, and sides very well.
- Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the nuts or chips at this point if you are adding them. Set this mixture aside.
- Mash the bananas in a small mixing bowl. Continue mashing them until most of the chunks are gone (the riper your bananas are the easier this will be). Add rest of your wet ingredients and whisk together until it is well combined.
- Form a well in your dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Gently stir everything together until it is just combined. Do not over mix or your bread will have a tougher texture.
- Pour the batter into your well greased bread pan, and bake for one hour. A knife or toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out mostly clean if the bread is done. Bake for an additional 10 minutes if it isn’t quite finished. Let the loaf cool in the pan for at least ten minutes before removing.