Better Than Store Bought Banana Bread

When I was a kid, I did not like banana bread. You couldn’t pay me enough money to eat it. Then one day, I had some banana bread with chocolate chips in it and it changed my outlook on it 100%. Now I LOVE making banana bread with or without chocolate chips. I can’t eat more than a tiny slice, but I love that my family and friends can enjoy it. I’ve been told this is better than the store bought kind. I’m happy to be able to share the recipe with you so that you can share it with your friends and family!

Better Than Store Bought Banana Bread

Ingredients:

3 medium, ripe bananas, smashed

1/3 apple sauce {this is my secret ingredient!}

1 cup sugar {if your bananas are very ripe, you can cut this down to ¾}

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt {don’t skip this step, it is very important!}

1 1/2 cups flour

Directions:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray.

2. Gather all of your mies en plas {this is a fancy French term for ingredients. It’s pronounce meez n plass. I’m engaged to a chef – I learn things like that.} Mix all of your dry ingredients in one bowl and in another start mashing your bananas.

3. Add your applesauce, vanilla and egg to your mashed bananas.

4. Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients making sure to do ½ of the mixture at a time and combine. Make sure you are folding in your dry ingredients so that you don’t overwork your flour.

TIP: Overworking flour activates the gluten in the flour which will leave you with a tough bread.

5. Once your batter is combined, pour it into your loaf pan. Place in your oven and set your time for 50 minutes. Your bread will most likely not be done after 50 minutes, but at this point you will turn down the heat of your oven to 300 degrees and continue to check your bread by inserting a toothpick to the middle every 5 minutes.

6. When your toothpick comes out clean, your bread is done! Let it cool for a few minutes {just so you don’t burn your fingers} and then enjoy! Serve warm with butter, jelly or just as-is!

These also make excellent muffins and mini loafs. Be cautious though if making this recipe in any other tin because cooking time will vary. Muffins will take about 20 minutes and mini loafs about 50. You can also mix these up and add chocolate chips or walnuts. Yum!

Happy Cooking!

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