Don’t throw those old bananas away – turn them into Banana Bread!

Miss Thrifty8 February 24, 2012

banana bread recipe This banana bread recipe is quick, simple – and delicious.

Or, to put it another way… This banana bread recipe is so quick that I can make it in between looking after Thrifty Baby; so simple that I can get it right despite the sleep deprivation, and so delicious that we polished this latest batch off before it had cooled. (I remembered to take this photograph just in time…)

I also like this recipe because I hate food waste, and this a great way to use up old bananas. You know: the two or three bananas that aren’t good enough to go into a lunchbox or handbag anymore, and are sitting around going brown and soft.

Like a lot of my favourite recipes, it’s a Nigella recipe that I have adapted, partly to bring the cost down and partly for personal preference. In the original recipe the bananas are mashed, but I prefer to chop them into small chunks. That way, when cooked they are all soft and gooey. Yum.

Traditionally, one makes banana bread in a small loaf tin. Our loaf tin went out with the recycling after I noticed that it was going rusty, and I haven’t gotten round to replacing it yet. So this time I made up the banana bread mixture and dolloped it into a muffin tray instead.

Banana Bread Recipe

4 small bananas, chopped into small chunks
175g plain flour
125g butter or marg
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
150g sugar
2 eggs
60g chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and baking powder to a bowl and mix.

2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and add it to a second bowl. Mix in the sugar. Beat in the eggs. Stir in the bananas, walnuts and vanilla essence.

3. Add the flour mixture to the second bowl, gradually. Mix well. Add to a small buttered loaf tin.

4. Bake at 170ºC/gas mark 3 for one hour. Test with a skewer: when it is done, the skewer should come out “cleanish”.

At this point you are supposed to turn it out onto a wire tray and leave it to cool, but I prefer to gobble the banana bread down while it’s still piping hot. This recipe produces light, fluffy banana bread – that is also incredibly moreish.

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8 Responses to “Don’t throw those old bananas away – turn them into Banana Bread!

Teresa says:

A great use for past-it bananas! I’ve had to use up old bananas a couple of times recently and the second time found a great recipe in my son’s copy of Jamie’s Great Britain.
You’ve also reminded me I need to sort out my baking tins. I was thinking the other day that some of them are pretty old (and a bit rusty)
Teresa x

February 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Ella says:

Yummy! I always have to stop my bf from throwing away ripe bananas because there is always a use for them!

February 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Niftynorah says:

These were absolutely delicious, but I didn’t realise how much they would rise, should only have half filled the baking cases.

February 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Emma says:

Finally got around to trying this today, hubby agrees about it being moreish, I’ve not tried it as I can’t stand bananas!

March 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Michelle says:

If I make this one, this will be the first time I try it. I think it is really great that I get to consume all of the fruit. It sounds creative and looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

March 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

Joanne says:

found this recipe via netmums search and made muffins using it.
thanks x

March 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

jane tickell says:

frozen past their best bananas make excellent smoothies, just leave their skins on and freeze, either defrost or micro before peeling and blitzing with other ingredients

April 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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