Hi guys, do you know you can make banana bread from the comfort of your homes! So you have some overripe bananas and wondering what to do with them. Worry no more, banana bread to the rescue.
Banana Bread is super easy to make and requires just basic ingredients that you can obtain from your local grocery shops without breaking your savings. Trust me, its totally worth it.👍
I have two different methods of making banana bread. There is a creaming method and there is a muffin method.
The creaming method requires creaming the butter and sugar before adding egg, one at a time. This may be difficult for a new Baker especially if there isnt an electric hand mixer to help with the creaming in order to avoid over mixing of the batter.
However, for this recipe, I will be using the muffin method which I believe is simpler and easy to follow for a new Baker. Click here to see how the creaming method of making banana bread looks like.
• two cups of flour
• I teaspoon of baking soda
• a teaspoon of vanilla
• half cup of brown sugar
• Very ripe bananas
• ½ cup of melted butter
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• ¾ Cup of yoghurt
• half a teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)
• ½ teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
• 2 large eggs at room temperature
• ½ cup of oil (optional)
• half cup of almond nuts(optional)
• Bread pan
• Egg whisk
• A big bowl
• A spatula (wooden or silicon)
• Baking paper or parchment paper(optional)
• Greasing oil for pan
Important tips to note.
- The type of banana you are using will determine the quantity of sugar you will be using. If your banana is overripe, you may want to reduce the quantity of sugar in your recipe as overripe bananas tend to be very sweet in banana breads.
- If you don’t have brown sugar, you can go ahead with the granulated white sugar or any sugar you have at home. I personally like to use brown sugar in banana bread recipes because it yields a soft and super moist bread.
- Yoghurt is optional. You can skip it if you don’t have one at home. Or you can substitute with soured cream, or buttermilk. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can learn how to make buttermilk here with just two simple ingredients. You can also substitute with a whole milk. But skipping yoghurt is totally fine and your bread will still come out very nice. It can be plain or sweetened. Again, your sugar level will inform your choice of plain or sweetened yoghurt. Click here to learn how to make a buttermilk substitute.
- Most recipes don’t call for oil. It’s either you use oil or melted butter. However, what is baking without trying out new recipes😄😇. I decided to try out oil and butter in the same recipe. I used olive oil. You can alternate with canola oil as it’s very neutral unlike olive oil which tend to have a strong flavouring in the banana bread. If you like the taste of coconut oil, you can substitute with that as well.
- And I tell you what, it came out nicer than I expected. I like my banana bread moist and not dried out like the traditional bread. Since oil is liquefied, it means it will not solidify unlike butter which is already in a solid state. You should try it and give me a feedback. Or better still, try the both methods and share with us.Grease your bread pan with enough butter or use a parchment paper laced with enough greasing so that you can easily pull out the bread when it is done.
- Nuts are totally optional. You don’t have to break a sweat finding nuts. Its totally okay to skip nuts.
- Banana breads can last as long as 3 months in the freezer. So don’t worry if you cant finish it alone. But I am willing to bet that it wont survive a night in your house😉😉
- I didn’t use cinnamon or nutmeg in this recipe. Variety they say is the spice of life right?
- Fresh bananas can be kept in a Ziploc bag and stored in a freezer as long as you want. It’s better to be peeled so it can be easily used whether for smoothies or banana bread or banana muffins.👍👍
I will update this recipe as soon as I remember new tips😁
Now let’s get down to business..
Measure out all your ingredients and set aside.
Add all the dry ingredients together. For this recipe, sugar will be added as a dry ingredient. But in other baking recipes sugar is always regarded as a wet ingredient.
I always recommend using a sieve to sieve the dry ingredients(excluding sugar) together in other to make sure they are thoroughly incorporated.
Then add sugar lastly, using an egg whisk, combine them together.
Throw in some almond nuts and incorporate into mixture, then set aside.
Gently peel your overripe bananas and place in a bowl.
Use a fork to gently mash the bananas till its softened and set aside.
Beat your egg and add your yoghurt or buttermilk substitute.
Pour the egg and yoghurt into the banana and stir for 60 seconds. Add vanilla flavour and olive oil, then gently stir.
Finally add the melted butter. Melted butter will come last because we don’t want our butter solidifying while mixing.
If you are using oil, no need to wait, you add everything together at once and stir..
Now back to the dry ingredients.
Create a hole in the middle of the batter and pour in your wet ingredients.
Gently use your spatula to turn it in folds until it thickens.
Don’t worry if your batter is thick, it’s normal in banana breads for the batter to be thick.
Grease your bread pan and place your baking paper on it. Totally optional. Then go ahead and use some cooking spray or coconut oil and spray on it. Pour your batter into it, using your spatula to spread it out evenly.
Add additional almond nuts on the top and maybe some slices of banana which you can totally skip.
Bake in a preheated oven for one hour at 180⁰ Celsius or on lowest heat. It may take anything from an hour to an hour 15 minutes..just bake until a toothpick comes out clean.
Place your bread on a cooling rack and allow it to completely cool down before slicing.
So here it is..you should stop throwing your overripe bananas away henceforth..
I hope you are going to try it out. I am rooting for you👍👍
click here to watch the step by step video o the Banana Bread
Here is the link to the banana bread I made without oil.
Below is how to make a homemade mayonnaise from scratch!