Banana Bread

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I swear my kids could eat Banana Bread all day, every day. It’s part of the reason I don’t make it a lot. I’ve actually been wanting to make some for quite a while but my bananas kept getting eaten before they went bad. That’s pretty shocking because I was buying twice as many at times just so I could make banana bread. I finally had to buy some bananas that were already brown to make it for this video. On the plus side, they were cheaper.

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This really is an excellent recipe to make for all ages. If they are young, they can smash the bananas. If they are older then it’s pretty easy to  make the whole thing by themselves.

It is a lot easier to smash bananas that are brown so make sure you use brown bananas. It’s harder to smash bananas if they aren’t over-ripe and that gets frustrating for the kids. The bread tastes better if they are over-ripe too.

Using a hand mixer worked great and I feel like it doesn’t take as much effort. My favorite is the Cuisinart Hand Mixer if you are in the market for a new one.

banana bread top cut

It really is a smooth batter to make so it doesn’t take too much arm strength.

banana bread batter

Make sure you grease and flour your loaf pan so it comes out easier. If you are using chocolate chips then you especially want to grease and flour your pan or the banana bread will stick. Luckily it will still taste good, it will just be a harder to eat.

banana bread sprayed pan

One thing I didn’t do in the video was add more chocolate chips on top. It isn’t necessary but it was a lot prettier with them.

banana bread-chocolate chips

banana bread pan

Our little surprise guest, Tessa, found the banana bread later and kept sneaking it. I caught her red handed. Like I said, they could eat it all day, every day.

banana bread tessa

If you add the chocolate chips then you really don’t need to spread butter on your banana bread. I know that’s a favorite for a lot of people but it really doesn’t need it with how moist it is with the chocolate. I’d much rather get my fat from chocolate than from butter.

Banana Bread

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 eggs
1 ⅓ cup mashed bananas
1 tbsp. Milk
2 cups flour
2 tbsp. Flax meal (optional)
¼ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking soda
½ cup nuts (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

1-Make sure you have all your ingredients and clean your work area.
2-Turn your oven onto 350 degrees.
2-Add your butter to a medium size mixing bowl and mix your butter until it’s nice and smooth. You can use a mixer like a KitchenAid or a Bosch but we just used a hand mixer this time.
3-Add granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix it until it’s creamy again.
4-Add your vanilla and eggs and mix it again.
5-Peel your bananas and smash them with a fork. It’s best to use bananas that are over-ride or brown. You will need 3-4 bananas depending on the size.
6-Measure them out and add 1 tbsp of milk to the bananas. Set it aside.
7-In another bowl, mix your flour, flax meal (optional), salt, and baking soda.
8-Add half of your mashed bananas to the butter mix and mix it good.
9-Next, add half of your flour mix and mix it good.
10-Add the rest of your bananas, mix it good.
11-Add the rest of your flour mix and mix it good.
12-Add your nuts, and/or chocolate chips and mix them in.
13-Spray or grease a loaf pan and sprinkle with flour. Shake the flour around and turn it upside down over the sink or garbage and tap it to get rid of the extra flour. You want it to lightly coat the pan so the bread won’t stick.
14-Pour the banana bread into the large loaf pan or 2 smaller ones. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top to make it looked pretty.
15-Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
16-Let it cool for about 5-10 minutes before taking it out of the loaf pan. Use a butter knife to go around the edges and release it from the pan.
17-Let it cool a little longer so it will cut better.
18-Clean up your mess.
19-Eat, Share, Enjoy!

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