Updated: Nov 26, 2020
Banana is one of those things that never goes out of season. And I'm here for it! Banana muffins, cakes, squares, pudding - I want it all (and I hope to share recipes for all these very soon).
For now, let's focus on a good ol' Banana Bread Loaf.
We always have Bananas lying around in the kitchen because my pups (Lexi) is a huuuuge fan. Don't worry though, we give it to her in moderate amounts so she doesn't turn into a circle (although that would look very cute, but not healthy of course).
Sometimes, I steal some of her Bananas to bake and I can see her staring, slightly cranky because I shouldn't be touching what's hers. But she glows right back up, once she sees the Banana Loaf (or whatever it is I made using her Bananas). So, it's all gooooood!
Anyway, I digress. So let's get back to what we are baking today.
A good Banana Bread should have a super-moist texture and loads of flavor. Most of this is achieved by Brown Sugar and the amount of Bananas you put - more the merrier.
This is literally one of the easiest recipes I know. I hope you love it as much as I do, so gather your ingredients, let's start baking!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Serves: 1 Loaf
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup plain yogurt
3 to 4 large smashed bananas
optional: chocolate chunks/chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Then, grease a 10x4 inch loaf pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
In a separate large bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter until creamy. Then, add the eggs, one at a time, while beating on medium speed. Make sure the eggs are well incorporated. Now, beat in the vanilla extract, yogurt and smashed bananas (you can cut the bananas into small pieces prior to adding and let the mixer do the smashing).
Turn mixer speed to low, and add the dry ingredients (little by little) into the wet. Do not over mix - just mix until you can see no more flour in the mixture. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chunks if you're adding them (my go to is dark chocolate).
Transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. After the first 30 minutes have passed, cover the loaf loosely with aluminum foil - this will prevent the loaf from browning too much. Once 60 minutes are up, check for readiness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf - if it comes clean, bread is done. Let cool and serve.
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