Not Your Grannie’s Banana Bread

Everyone needs an easy Banana Bread to help you use up all those brown bananas that never seem to get eaten in time. I am going to share with you 2 different recipes for banana bread. One is more traditional and the other is a healthier alternative. They are both packed full of flavor and will not disappoint.

First, in a bowl, mix your dry ingredients. 1 3/4 Cups Flour, 2 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, and 1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon. Whisk it really well.

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or any mixer will work), Place 3 very ripe smashed bananas, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter (or 1/3 cup melted coconut oil), 1/2 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup coconut sugar) and 1 teaspoon vanilla Mix those ingredients until well combined.

When the wet and dry ingredients are mixed, place the batter in 2 greased loaf pans. (I just LOVE these foil pans. Perfect for freezing in!)

I chose the 2nd option from the recipe for the streusel. There is no need to add a topping, but I really enjoy the texture of a good streusel! Take 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup smashed banana (about 1 banana),  and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Mix it together and top your banana bread batter.

Bake your banana bread for 1 hour at 325 degrees. The bread will spring back when you touch with your finger or a tooth pick will come out clean when inserted into the middle of the bread. Cool for about 20 minutes before serving. After they have cooled completely, you can wrap in plastic and freeze for up to 6 months. I hope your family enjoys this bread with the same enthusiasm as my family does!


Banana Bread

Ingredients:

For the bread:

3 very ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs

1/3 cup melted butter

½ cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

2 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

½ cup chopped walnuts

 

Optional Streusel Topping:

¼ cup flour

2 tablespoons softened butter

2 tablespoons sugar

 

Optional Topping Number 2:

3 Tablespoons Sugar

1 ¼ Cup Flour

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

½ Cup Smashed Banana

3 Tablespoon Butter
Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray loaf baking dish with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, butter and sugar and extract. Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into baking dish.

If you want to make optional streusel topping:  Combine flour, butter and sugar until crumbly.  Sprinkle on top of batter.  Bake for about an hour. Bread should spring back to the touch. Or you can insert a toothpick in the middle. It should come out clean (no batter sticking to it).


Healthy Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas, smashed

2 eggs

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

½ cup coconut sugar

1 ¾ cups flour

2 ¾ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray loaf baking dish with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour or until the bread is springy to the touch or a tooth pick comes out clean.

 

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