One Big Brown Banana, Banana Bread Recipe
Banana Bread Recipe Using Only One Banana! So Good!
What to do with one big, brown banana? Don’t fret and don’t throw it away… You can make the most deliciously moist loaf of banana bread ever. Yes, with just ONE banana. This banana bread recipe is so simple, anyone can make it. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bread pan heavily greased (I use spray) coated well or your bread will stick.
- 1 large banana or two small ones. Make sure it’s browning or brown
- 1 stick of butter softened well or slightly melted
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 egg whisked and topped off with milk to make 1 cup
- 1-1/2 cup flour – Don’t bother sifting
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Here’s the fun and easy part. Put it all together! Yep, same bowl, no mixer needed. Just break up the banana with your hands in small pieces, add it all to the bowl and mix. Don’t over mix or your bread will be a bit firm.
Bake for 55 minutes to an hour at 350 degrees. You can toothpick test it, but it should be perfect.
Optional additions or substitutes include: raisins, pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, dash of nutmeg, coconut flakes, 1/2 cup of oil instead of butter, 1/2 cup of peanut butter and lessen the sugar to 1/2 cup, peanut butter chips, If you’re a vegetarian, vegan or just want to reduce fat/calories simply use 2 tsp soaked flax seed instead of the egg or almond milk instead of regular milk. Sugar substitute measured the same if desired.
Take out your golden brown loaf of yum and let it cool. If you have any resistance getting it out, gently run a knife along the sides or you can simply cut the slices right in the pan and pop them out onto a plate.
Have more than one brown banana? Make more loaves! They freeze beautifully. Wrap well in aluminum foil and then take out the day before or microwave the loaf wrapped in a towel or paper towel.
This banana bread recipe will also work with muffins, mini loaves, etc. just make sure to not overfill your muffin pans or the bottoms will get too dark.
You will love this recipe! So easy, so many optional ingredients and it’s a great way to turn one banana into an entire loaf of bread. Makes the house smell fabulous, too!
Why do you have to use a dark or brown banana? The riper it is, the sweeter it gets. You can also put your brown bananas in the freezer to bake them up later. Never throw away a banana again!
One or two pieces of banana bread may have escaped this photo… I’m not sure where they went. Okay, my son may have had one and I may have had the other. It’s so good when warm, but as with any baked good, to me, it’s better the next day.