Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Banana Nut Bread- Quick and easy!

We love banana bread here at the Sassy Pants house!  My favorite recipe is quick and easy, and takes only a few ingredients. I make mini loaves so we can eat a fresh loaf the first day and freeze any others we want for later consumption. Not to mention, mini loaves are just cuter! 

Heres the recipe:

1/2 stick butter (softened)
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas- mashed
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/3 c. all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 cup pecans (optional)
Also good to add, if you like: 1/4 cup chocolate or butterscotch chips. YUM!

Preheat the oven to 350.
Combine the first 4 ingredients in one bowl. Usually there are small little bits of butter even after you mix it all together ( I use a spatula or whisk)- thats fine, don't try to get rid of them. 
Then combine the rest of the dry ingredients in another bowl. Mix dry and wet ingredients together and stir until combined. Add optional ingredients now. 
Makes 2-3 mini loaves or 1 large loaf. Mini loaves: bake for 30 minutes. Regular loaf- bake about 50-55 minutes. 
Cool for about 10-15 minutes on a wire rack while still in pan, then remove. Once cooled completely, you can wrap in foil and place in a freezer bag to be eaten on a later day. But honestly, unless I make a few batches, ours never makes it to the freezer! 

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