One-Bowl Banana Bread

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, June 16, 2010

I have two recipes for you this week that I never tasted.  So you’re going to have to trust The Phoenix.  Can you do that for me?

He’s says they’re good and worth telling you about, and I’m going to have to take his word for it.


Because they put bananas as their star.  And me and bananas, well, we’re not friends.  Not even acquaintances.  However, they do get smeared all over my clothes everyday, but that’s typical of a mom of two little ones, right?  So I suppose because they’re the only food I literally wear daily, I can write about them.  Even though it pains me a little.

We had a couple bunches of bananas getting a little overripe after baby bird’s birthday party so I decided it was time to take action.  Step one:  learn how to make banana bread.  Step two:  learn how to make banana ice cream.  (You’ll have to come back on Friday for that recipe.  This ingredient list is one you won’t want to miss.)  Step three:  try not to gag from the banana smell taking over my house.

Okay, I’m just kidding about step three.  I actually thought the bread smelled great while it was baking.  But that still wasn’t going to make me let any of it touch my mouth.

What I loved about this recipe, besides it using up 4 of my bananas, is that it’s all done in one bowl.  No mixer required, just a large bowl and a wooden spoon.  I kinda like that.  Simple, honest…you can even make it when the power goes out.

Well, except for the baking part, of course.

Now, if you look closely, you can see little pieces of banana in my bread because I didn’t mash them up to a total puree.  It’s rustic, and The Phoenix liked it because it made the bread even more moist.  But from what he says, you don’t normally find banana bread like that, so you can definitely mash them up completely and it will still be delicious.

So here’s to the first recipe on this site that I don’t like.  I want to hear from you…do you make anything for the people in your life that make your heart pound that you wouldn’t ever even taste?

One-Bowl Banana Bread

recipe from Tasty Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes.
  • Ready in 1 Hour, 15 Minutes.
  • Makes: 8 Servings
  • 4 whole ripe or overripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put the peeled bananas into a large mixing bowl and smash with a wooden spoon. Add the melted butter and mix together with the spoon.
  • Add the sugars, egg, and vanilla, stirring to combine.
  • Sprinkle the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon over the top and mix into the mixture.
  • Add the flour last and mix.
  • Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8″ loaf pan.
  • Bake for one hour. Cool before removing from the pan to serve.

2 Responses to “One-Bowl Banana Bread”

  1. Amanda says:

    Hey there! This recipe looks good! But I don’t think I could ever go about making it ..

    I absoultely love banana bread and butter but, get this, I HATE (HATE!) bananas. I think they’re nasty, they smell gross, have a bad texture and are overall just disgusting … but for some odd reason, banana bread hits my fancy.

  2. Vanessa says:

    i’m totally right there with you. i used to cringe touching them while i fed them to my babies, but i suppose i’ve become immune after some time of mushed banana on me almost every day.

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