Banana Bread for Banana Haters

I always had roommates that had leftover bananas, so I decided to make banana bread one day. Even my roommate who hated bananas liked this recipe, so it’s definitely a good one. My brother continued the family tradition when he went to college by baking for his roommates too. I guess you can say no bananas ever go to waste here! I don’t even touch them until they have lots of brown spots. It’s too bad that in 2019 (as I edit this), my kids often eat all the bananas before I have a chance to bake them into something delicious.

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan. In a mixer, cream together:

1/2 c. butter

1 c. sugar

Add and beat until combined:

2 eggs

1 1/2 c. mashed bananas

Add in this order, stirring until just combined:

1/2 t. salt

2 t. baking powder

2 c. flour

Optionally, stir in until combined:

3/4 c. chopped walnuts

3/4 c. chocolate chips

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. It should have a beautiful, brown crust. Serve the banana bread warm or cold with butter.

Looking for something a little different? Try this excellent oatmeal banana bread from Alton Brown!

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