Do you have some ripe bananas but not quite sure what to do with them? Don’t waste them, make this quick and simple gluten free banana bread recipe. What we like most about this recipe is you can mix all the ingredients into one bowl! Banana bread is great for breakfast, dessert, even a snack to fulfill that sweet tooth craving. You can even mix in chocolate chips or walnuts to enhance the flavor of the banana bread. At HartLand, we love this recipe and we hope you do too!
The History of Banana Bread
In the 20th century bananas came available to households in the United States. Bananas quickly became a key part of breakfast. Bananas were also used in desserts but more so for garnishes or on the side rather than the main ingredient. When the great depression hit, households were hesitant to throw away any of their food – not even a brown banana. Around this time, baking powder companies were mass producing. Shortly after, people started using bananas to make “quick bread” instead of the typical yeast bread.
Read more about the history of banana bread here.
Banana Bread Ingredients
- 3 ripe bananas
- ⅓ cup melted salted butter
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup of sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour OR King Arthur gluten free flour
- Optional: ½ cup of chocolate chips or walnuts
How to Make the Best Banana Bread
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Butter or spray a loaf pan – At HartLand we prefer to butter the pan
- Mash the 3 ripe bananas with a fork in a mixing bowl
- Stir in the ⅓ cup of melted butter into the mashed bananas
- Stir in the 1 teaspoon of baking soda and pinch of salt, ½ cup of sugar, the 1 beaten egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Mix in the ½ cup of gluten free or all purpose flour
- Optional Step: If you’re adding chocolate chips or walnuts to your banana bread, slowly fold ½ cup into the batter
- Pour the batter into the buttered loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes to an hour
- Once done baking, remove from the oven and let cool – OR if you’re like us, cut a warm piece of banana bread to enjoy!
Doesn’t this banana bread sound too good not to try? It’s your turn to try it, and we want to see your banana bread. Did you make it gluten free or regular? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Instagram or Facebook! Happy baking…