Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs a go-to banana bread recipe. For starters, banana bread is quite possibly one of my most favorite things to consume. You can eat it for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. In my book, if you can use a food for more than one meal, it deserves a gold star. It is also incredibly easy to cook. This recipe is an add-an-ingredient-mix-add-an-ingredient-mix kind of recipe. The preparation takes no more than 5 minutes of your time and it comes out equally tasty in muffin form as it does in loaf form. Because it is so easy, it also ends up being the perfect bread to make for a neighbor, friend, party, etc. And they will all like it. Which brings me back to my original point: everyone needs a go-to banana bread recipe. This is most definitely not the healthiest recipe (it isn't bad for you either, but I certainly wouldn't sit here and toot my healthy-recipe horn). There are plenty of other ways to make healthy and tasty banana bread, including substituting oats for flour, yogurt for oil, subtracting the chocolate chips, so forth and so on. While I can't guarantee this bread will help roll off the pounds, I can guarantee you that this recipe yields a moist, semi-sweet bread with just the right amount of banana flavoring.
Bananas at the slightly brown stage are the best to mash. If they are green or bright yellow, they will be far too ripe for this recipe. You can also freeze brown bananas and pull them out when you are ready to make banana bread.
Banana Bread (Chocolate Chips Optional)
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mash 3 bananas with the back of a large spoon.
- Add 1 cup of sugar and mix.
- Add 1 tsp baking soda and mix.
- Add 1/2 tsp of salt and mix.
- Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a small bowl. Mix melted butter into banana mixture.
- Mix in 2 eggs.
- Add 1.5 cups of flour and mix.
- Add 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips if desired and mix.
- Lightly grease a muffin tin or a bread pan (9x5).
- Pour batter into the bread pan or muffin tins.
- If you are making muffins, bake for 20-25 minutes. Stick a toothpick or knife into the center to determine if they are done. If the toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and let cool. If it doesnt, bake in 5 minute intervals, checking each time to see if it is cooked through. If you are making a loaf, bake for 45 minutes. Check the inside with a knife/toothpick to determine if the loaf is baked thoroughly. If it is not, let it bake in 10 minute intervals. If the loaf begins to brown, cover it with a piece of foil for the remainder of baking time.