I had to check the archives of my blog (twice) to make sure I hadn’t already posted this recipe. I’m surprised it hasn’t made it up here yet because I feel like I’m constantly making this banana bread for Hubster. In fact, it’s probably the thing I’ve made the most since I started this blog… besides Mongolian Beef… and Oven Fries…
Not surprisingly, fresh produce frequently falls victim to our schedule. “Oh look rubbery celery that spent the last month in our fridge… awesome.” It feels so wasteful. Not so with bananas. Bananas seem to only get better with time. I’m not one to grab a banana when it’s green. I’d much rather wait until the crunch dissolves into creamy perfection. Then it’s a short window from perfect to “needs mixed together with sugar and flour”.
And Hubster isn’t a fan of bananas with brown… unless they’re waiting to re-emerge as bread. Then they may be his favorite fruit on the counter.
I particularly love this recipe because it’s so easy I can mix it together while prepping dinner and let it bake while we eat and go about our evening. Then we have breakfast for two to four days… depending on how big I make the slices I send to the studio with Hubster.
Easy Banana Bread
From The Best of Cooking Light
2 medium ripened bananas
⅔ cup sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg white
1 large egg
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp cream of tartar
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas in a medium bowl. Add sugar, vegetable oil, egg and egg white. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to banana mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8×4 inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Notes: The best thing about this recipe is the simplicity. There’s no spices or nuts or other additions, so you get a clean banana flavor throughout.