When life gives you mushy bananas, make banana bread!

2 Jan

My husband always buys bananas. I rarely eat them because I don’t like the texture of them outside of a very short window of time. Invariably, we end up with brown, mushy bananas on our kitchen counter. But, my motto is, when life gives you mushy bananas, make banana bread!

The thing I love about banana bread is that as long as I have mushy bananas, I will have all of the ingredients I need to make this tasty treat– no planning needed!

The following banana bread recipe is adapted from Emeril Lagasse:


* Canola oil spray (or other cooking/baking spray)
* 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 3 overripe bananas
* 1/4 cup light (or regular) sour cream
* 2 large eggs
* 2 cups cake flour (or regular flour, if you don’t have cake flour on hand)
* 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar, and extra for sprinkling
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 3/4 tsp baking powder
* 1 cup toasted, chopped walnuts (optional)
* Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling


– Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

– Spray a 5 x 9 loaf pan with canola oil spray.

– In a blender, puree the bananas, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.

– Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and mix with a hand-mixer on medium-low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Add the banana mixture in three batches, scraping the sides of the bowl and mixing on medium speed between each addition. Fold in the nuts, if using.

– Pour into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with sugar and cinnamon. Bake until lightly browned and the bread bounces back to the touch, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 1 loaf.

The banana bread is so incredibly moist (thanks to the not-so-figure-friendly 10 tbsp of butter), and the sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon on top gives it a nice, sweet crust. I think that the next time I make it, I’ll add some cinnamon and nutmeg into the batter, as well, just to give it even more flavor.

I like it when life gives me mushy bananas =)


3 Responses to “When life gives you mushy bananas, make banana bread!”

  1. Luv What You Do January 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    I made a PB Banana bread that is amazing if you are looking for new Banana Bread recipes.

  2. Confettina January 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I love banana bread! This recipe looks great!


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