Updated: Jan 29, 2020
There is nothing more decadent than something you baked yourself! I woke up this morning and strolled through the kitchen...(the unfinished kitchen mind you..as we are still renovating!) I noticed the bananas that we had bought just this week turning brown and spotty. I assume leaving them on top the toaster (and forgetting about them the other day!) did not prolong their freshness! The toaster burnt a few and black bananas became a new breakfast item in our household! They actually weren't so bad and reminded me of hot banana pudding! Anyways, there were two left this morning..ones that didn't turn to the dark side..yet.. haha! I hadn't made my banana bread in a while and this was the perfect opportunity!
The following is my personal recipe for the EASIEST banana bread you will ever make! It only has 5 steps and 6 basic ingredients. This recipe makes three mini loaves... One for you and two for your neighbors! I have also created free printable tags for gifting and a pretty recipe card with my hand drawn doodles on it for you to keep! (Available at the bottom of this post!)
To start here's what you'll need...
2 ripe bananas
10 tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
So simple, right? These are basically all the ingredients I have on hand most of the time and are a good base for any breakfast bread!
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three mini loaf pans with baking/cooking spray.
Step 2. Get that butter softening! An easy way to soften butter quickly is to microwave a glass bowl of water for 4 minutes. Place the stick of butter on a plate. (I used the lid of my Pyrex bowl.) You can cut the butter in slices for even faster softening. Pour out the water and place it over the stick of butter. Leave under the bowl for a few minutes and you will have softened butter! You can also use this trick if you have a mason jar on hand!
While you're waiting on the butter whisk the eggs in a small bowl and mash the banana with a fork. I find it easiest to mash the banana with a metal fork on a paper plate. I can scrape the banana in the bowl and throw away the mess!
Step 3. Cream together the bananas, butter, eggs, and sugar with an electric mixer.
Step 4. Mix in the flour and baking powder.
Step 5. Pour into the three mini loaf pans...
...and bake for 25-30 minutes. The tops should be brown and crispy and starting to split open. The loaves I baked this morning were a little gooey inside from the banana when I tested them with a toothpick. The tops were already brown, so I took them out and let them finish cooking in their pans for a few minutes. This is called "carry-over cooking."
When I make my Christmas cinnamon streusel bread or when cooking for a crowd, I use disposable aluminum pans. This time, I just used the metal mini loaf pans I recently unpacked (and found at last)! Since they're small enough, I popped them in my trusty toaster that we've been using all 5 months of our renovation!
The best way I like to enjoy this warm banana bread is to spread a slice with butter! I can eat almost a whole mini loaf all by myself, and I almost did this morning!
These loaves a small enough to fit into a clear plastic party sack. Tie on tags with twine and add a bow for a pretty neighborly gift!
This ribbon is actually from Stampin Up and so is the paper! The paper color is called Crumb Cake and it is the perfect light brown. I've had a hard time finding a light colored brown in the stores and happy I can order this online. I bought this burlap ribbon for card making but have used it on other crafts already and will be ordering more. The burlap ribbon is unique because it's narrow and easy to tie! If you are interested in ordering this paper or ribbon, let me know! I cut off a few leaves from my fall Hobby Lobby stems and added them to the packaging for just that extra special touch!
Easy..simple.. homemade banana bread. With a few simple ingredients you can create a warm breakfast treat or a thoughtful gift!
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