Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Got Dead Bananas? Make Banana Bread.

We call 'em Dead Bananas.  You know the ones I'm talking about ... those last couple of bananas in a bunch that sit on the counter for a day or two too long, and they get too dark and squishy to eat.  Don't throw them away!  Put them in the freezer and save them until you have enough to make Banana Bread.

The banana on the far left is probably too far gone to use.

My Banana Bread recipe is a pass-along recipe that has been in my mom's family for a long time ... I will have to remember to ask Mom to tell me which relative she got it from.  It makes the best Banana Bread I have ever tasted!  (This recipe is not for our gluten-free friends, unless you can make appropriate substitutes in place of the flour.)

Banana Bread

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 large, or 5 small, ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour

If the bananas are frozen, thaw them on the counter or in the microwave.

Cream butter and sugar using a mixer (I love my red Kitchenaid mixer!)  Add bananas, eggs, and vanilla, one at a time.  I put the salt, baking powder, and baking soda in at this point, so they get mixed into the batter thoroughly.  The final ingredient is flour ... mix it in on low speed, and only until it is gently stirred into the batter.  Do not overwork or overbeat the batter, or your Banana Bread will be tough.

Smooth batter into a prepared 9 x 9 pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.

That's all there is to it!  Banana Bread is one of our grandson's favorite things to have for breakfast ... one of my favorites, too.  The secret is to use black bananas, because they have the most flavor.  They're kind of icky to work with, but it's well worth the ick factor to have results that are this delicious.


  1. We do love banana bread around here.. and your recipe looks very similar to mine. I have to say though, never seen bananas quite that but the deader the banana, the better the bread, that's just the simple truth.

  2. David made banana bread last week and we thawed out the second loaf for breakfast this morning. Good stuff and yours looks delicious!

  3. I'll make the coffee, you make the banana bread to go with it! YUM!

  4. I love banana bread!! I have two 'dead bananas' in the freezer right now!

  5. You are spot-on about using those "black bananas" for cooking. We do something else as well -- we cut them up into chunks before freezing them, and then when they are solid you whir them in the blender till smooth -- and it's banana ice cream. Really. We sometimes add cocoa (unsweetened) to it -- it's delicious. No fat, either. Great texture. Bananas are like MAGIC.

  6. OOPS I meant "food processor" and not "blender" to puree the bananas.


  7. I love banana bread, but I never seem to buy bananas, yours looks so good! I've been making lots of zucchini bread, also yummy!



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