Mama’s Simple Banana Bread

Photos and text by Meghan Stone

My mom always made the best banana bread. I never realized how easy her recipe was until I decided to make it for myself about ten years ago. It’s delicious, easy, and you should have all of the ingredients already in your kitchen!

Here’s what you’ll need:
2.5 cups flour (300 grams)
1 cup sugar (225 grams)
3.5 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoon salad oil
3/4 cups milk (175cc)
1 egg
2-3 med. bananas (very ripe!)
1 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)
  • Preheat your oven to 350° F (or 175° C). Grease and flour your pan. I like to use a little bit of butter, but you can also use Crisco or vegetable oil.
  • Begin by mashing your bananas with a fork in a large mixing bowl. The bananas should be VERY ripe, even overly ripe. The riper the banana, the more sweet and flavorful the bread will be. Use between 2 large and 3 regular sized bananas. I usually taste the batterbefore pouring it into the pan. You should be able to really taste the banana flavor. If you can’t, add another!
  • Add the rest of the ingredients directly into the banana mash. Mix together by hand or beat with an electric mixer for 1/2 min at med speed, scraping sides and bottom. Once you have mixed the ingredients thoroughly, you can add the (optional) nuts.
  • Pour the mixture into your greased and floured pan.
  • Bake 55-65 min or until tooth pick comes up clean.
  • Cool thoroughly before slicing and… ENJOY!
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