Quick and Easy Banana Bread

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Lately I have had so many ripe bananas left in my fruit bowl (and of course nobody wants to eat them because they’re “gross”), so I decided to try to make a banana bread rather than throwing out the bananas.  I tweaked this recipe from simplyrecipes.com a little by adding chocolate chips.  The kids went crazy over this banana bread (and I was actually pretty impressed on how delicious it tasted).  They even asked when I was making it again!!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you want it to be less sweet – I used 3/4 and thought it was perfect)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 4×8 inch loaf pan.

2. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth.  Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

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3. Mix in the baking soda and salt.  Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract.  Mix in the flour.  (I added about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in this step).

image4.  Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan.  Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5. Remove from oven and cool completely on rack.  Remove bread from pan and slice and serve.

ENJOY!

Prep Time:  10 minute                  Cook time:  55 minutes                Yield:  Makes one loaf

***TIP:  Use over-ripe bananas.  The yellow peels should be at least half browned and the banana should be really soft and brown.***

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