It’s National What to do with Bruised Bananas Day — or as the national calendar folks call it, “National Banana Bread Day.” It’s really a holiday we could all celebrate weekly depending on our banana allotment of the week or month. You either get too many bananas or not enough. (Yesterday was National Margarita Day which could easily be every day.)

 

This recipe claims to be the BEST banana bread recipe ever, so who wants to try it out and drop off one at my house? I’m available all day for banana bread deliveries.

 

Best Banana Bread Recipe

Recipe and photo from www.thesaltymarshmallow.com

 

Ingredients

1 stick (1/2 Cup) butter
3 large ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional: 1 cup of chocolate chips and/or toasted pecans

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease with butter, and set aside.
Add stick of butter to a large bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until melted.
Add bananas to same bowl, and mash with a fork.
Add vanilla extract and egg to bowl, and use same fork to mash and stir until no yellow streaks of egg remain.
In a second large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix together with a spatula just until combined. Add optional ingredients now if you choose.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

Storage notes: To keep your bread moist, allow it to cool completely then wrap in a layer of plastic wrap and then store in a freezer size zip-top bag, or a large plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. It will last on the counter for up to three days, or in the refrigerator for up to six days. Another option is to wrap and freeze for up to two months.

 

 

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