Updated: May 7
I HATE wasting food, and when produce, or anything in the pantries are about to go bad I cringe. Trying to find a way to put their last bits to good use, or working a recipe around whatever items need to turned into a dish. It's not the easiest thing to do, but something to try and practice daily to avoid the guilt of throwing away food and throwing away money!
Bananas, when they begin to brown can be used for a number of recipes and even for your garden. The easiest I say is making Banana Nut Bread, it's a quick bread so no need to stress on any prep time of the dough rising or anything. I like to add vanilla bean paste and if I want that extra cozy feel, I fall it up with some spices...
3 Ripe (Browning) Bananas
1 Cups Sugar (I do 3/4 cup, if I add I chocolate chips)
1 Stick (8 tablespoons) softened butter
1 & 1/4 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Bean Paste (Vanilla extract will work as well)
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
Optionals: 1/3 Cup Chopped Walnuts , pecans are lovely too.
Optional: 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips
Optional: Spice it up with a pinch of cinnamon, nut meg, clove
Loaf Baking Pan
Preheat oven to 350 degree's F.
In a large bowl, beat bananas and butter with a fork (or any mashing tool), this recipe does not require much tools.
Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla bean paste, baking soda, salt and slowly begin to whisk.
Now slowly begin to whisk in you flour, and lastly your nuts and chips.
Pour the batter in a non stick (or well greased, or parchment covered) pan.
Place in oven and let bake for 40-50 minutes.
OPTIONAL SUGAR CRUST: After you grease or spray your pan sprinkle sugar before pouring in the batter and after. This will give a delicious crunch to your loaf. It never disappoints!
Once cooled (though I do love it warm from the oven), cut a piece and enjoy with coffee or tea, for more indulgence add a swoop of clotted cream or cream cheese. YUM!
I hope you enjoyed this banana saver, it might even be a nice add on to our Sunday breakfast.