This moist banana bread recipe helps put overripe bananas, that would otherwise be destined for the garbage, to good use, making it a great recipe for anyone who likes to be frugal.
The key to good quick breads is not overmixing the batter. Once the liquid ingredients are added to the dry, mix the batter by hand just until the flour is moistened, which should take not much longer than about ten seconds. Too much mixing can cause the final product to be dry, tough or misshapen.
Adding the nuts with the dry ingredients, rather than folding them into the batter right before baking, ensures that they won't sink to the bottom of the loaf. This trick works with blueberries, chocolate chips, or any other add-ins.
Speaking of which, for a slightly more decadent banana bread recipe, try this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Thoroughly grease a 9-inch loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and walnuts.
- Peel the bananas, and mash them in a separate mixing bowl using a potato masher or a fork. It's OK if they're slightly lumpy.
- Unwrap the butter and heat it in the microwave, in a microwave-safe bowl, for about a minute, until it's thoroughly melted. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then add the sugar and beat until dissolved. Stir in the vanilla, then add the egg mixture to the banana mixture and stir until combined.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix gently until there are no more pockets of dry flour. The batter will be visibly lumpy. That's OK! It's extremely important not to overmix the batter, or the resulting bread will be too hard.
- Once the liquid and dry ingredients have been combined, gently pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and transfer to the oven immediately.
TIP: The dry and wet ingredients, respectively, can be mixed in advance, but as soon as the wet and dry ingredients have been combined with each other, the liquid will (partially) activate the baking powder and the batter must be baked right away.
- Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. To remove the bread, carefully invert the pan—the loaf should drop right out, so make sure you support it with your other hand. Let the loaf cool on a wire rack at room temperature.
For a real treat, serve this banana bread drizzled with a delicious vanilla custard sauce called crème anglaise.