I have a little confession to make…. I buy bananas….then I don’t eat them. It’s not that I have anything against bananas; I love them! It’s just that I buy them, put them in the pretty fruit bowl on the kitchen counter and promptly forget about them. I don’t know why. I’m busy, but that’s no excuse for not eating them. Often they start to go brown before I remember I have them but at that stage I don’t want to eat them. What’s a girl to do?
The answer to the dilemna is…. banana bread. It transforms a good-for-you-but-boring fruit into a treat that feels deliciously naughty. But it’s fruit right? So it has to be good for you, right? (Just let me live with my delusions).
Banana bread is not hard to make but there are so many recipes out there that it can be overwhelming. There are recipes with molasses, brown sugar, treacle, cinnamon, sour cream, and on and on and on. There are recipes where you have to microwave the bananas and separate the chunks from the liquid and go through 3,000 steps before you put it in the oven (okay, maybe not that many but a lot of steps anyways). But there are very few recipes for the ‘it’s almost midnight but I really feel like banana bread so I’m going to throw it together from whatever is already in the pantry and bake it for a 1.00am snack because I’m hungry and can’t sleep.’ Yeah, that was me last night. There has to be an easy, throw-it-together and enjoy it recipe, right? There is.
A few years ago I was visiting a friend of mine who had a large collection of rapidly browning bananas. He mentioned he liked banana bread so I took pity on him and proceeded to make banana bread. I didn’t have my grandmother’s amazing recipe on me so I turned to google and made what looked like a good recipe. Except it was so over-the-top sweet that it was almost inedible. If you know me, you know I have a huge sweet tooth, so for me to say it was too sweet is saying a lot!
A few weekends later, I decided to experiment with different recipes, including my grandmother’s, and find a quick and easy but still moist and delicious banana bread that I could whip up in a hurry if I was ever again visiting a friend who needed something done with a large bunch of bananas. The recipe I finally came up with is magic. For those of you who like a little something ‘extra’ in your banana bread, there is the option in the recipe to add some spices, including cardamon, which takes it to the next level.
I can tell you from recent experience, it not only tastes good at 1.00am but also for breakfast the next morning. 🙂 Enjoy!!!