My roommate and I have a tradition where every time either have us have three ripe bananas to spare, we make banana bread. This isn’t any ordinary banana bread, though; I don’t know what makes this particular recipe taste so good (the teaspoon of cinnamon? the love and friendship we both put into it?), but it’s enough for me to constantly crave it. To make this, all you need are three ripe bananas and cooking ingredients you can readily find in your pantry and refrigerator. The recipe can be found on AllRecipes.com.
You will need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan, preferably glass. The container my roommate and I use to cook sometimes leaks, so we covered it in aluminum foil, sprayed with canola oil, lined the bottom with parchment paper, then sprayed canola oil again.
Step 2: Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
Step 3: Mash the bananas first, then mix the bananas, milk and cinnamon in another bowl. I recommend adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, but the choice is up to you.
Step 4: Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a third bowl.
Step 5: Add eggs to butter mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir banana mixture into butter mixture. Then, stir in the dry mixture until blended.
Step 6: Fold in chocolate chips until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Step 7: Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes (for times sake, I only did 60 minutes). Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
Step 8: Eat and enjoy your banana bread!
If you have some free time in your schedule, you should consider giving this banana bread a try. It’s a relatively easy recipe to follow, and it is a great dessert to bring to a potluck. Be careful who you share this with, because it may disappear fast!
Photo credits: All photos taken are author’s own.