Friday, April 18, 2014

Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe with or without Vanilla Glaze!

I'm not huge on bananas. I don't hate them, but I don't want to just eat a banana. I'd rather have other fruit. So inevitably,  bananas always got wasted - mainly because kiddo won't touch them once there's ANY brown on the peel. #facepalm So, I started looking for recipes....


I've made two slight varieties of this recipe now. Can you believe I've never had banana bread before that??!! Hubby has always liked banana bread, kiddo never had it either! Well, he gobbled it up! I tell myself it's a semi-healthy/better than other crap snacks. haha

Last night's recipe:

Preheat oven to 350

4 pretty large, ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
7/8 cup sugar
1tsp cinnamon
1 egg beaten
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Use your hand mixer to mash the bananas a bit. Add the melted butter and mix until smooth. Mix in remaining ingredients, except the flour. Once everything is combined, add the flour a bit at a time. I prefer to use a spoon to mix the flour in because it makes less of a mess. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour @ 350.

The glaze only takes a minute to whip up.

1 cup confectioner's sugar
1tsp vanilla
milk - to desired consistency

Mix all ingredients until well combined. Continue to slowly add milk until you reach the desired consistency. Once the bread has cooled, drizzle over top!

Original Recipe: Family liked this one better!

Preheat oven to 350

3 smaller, ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Use your hand mixer to mash the bananas a bit. Add the melted butter and mix until smooth. Mix in remaining ingredients, except the flour. Once everything is combined, add the flour a bit at a time. I prefer to use a spoon to mix the flour in because it makes less of a mess. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour @ 350.

I did not put glaze on this version, even though the photo below shows it. It's from last night's batch! The cake bread is a lie!


Review: Of course, kiddo LOVED the glaze and Hubby thought it was too sweet. Both of them agreed they liked the original (the 2nd) recipe better. With the extra banana and the fact that they were bigger, the recipe was a lot more moist and banana-y. So, I think to get it perfect for my family. I'll stick with the original recipe with less bananas and make the glaze, but only use it on a slice by slice basis!

4 comments:

  1. the glaze for this banana recipe is perfect .. I love banana but lately I've been eating to many of them and I think it's time to make a bread from them to change it up.. I play tennis and the nutrients from the banana help me out but I think the bread would be just as beneficial Take care and love your blog stop by some time
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    1. Haha, well if you do the math...making the bread with 3 bananas...you'd have to eat a 3rd of the loaf for it to equal 1 banana! Don't feel bad, I could totally eat a third of the loaf, too!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my Party! Last Friday... this recipe is perfect with the Glaze! Sometimes you just need that extra ingrediant to make the recipe! Thanks Maria http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com

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