I love making banana bread. It is so easy ( I don't even bother with my mixer), and all you need is a few pantry staples and some extra ripe bananas. Whenever we end up with over-ripe bananas, I just throw them in the freezer; they last forever and work perfectly (just thaw in microwave or on the counter before peeling).
This is my Grama Nancy's recipe that I adjusted to use some whole wheat flour. I like it better with the whole wheat; it seems a little chewier-which I like! And of course, it makes it healthier.
Grama Nancy's Banana Bread
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray.
Combine in a small bowl:
1 cup sugar
1 cup white flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or 2 cups white flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a separate bowl mash 3 bananas. I used a potato masher, but a fork would work too.
1/4 cup softened butter
4 Tablespoons milk (or just 3 if you're using only white flour)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I leave these out for my baby)
Stir well. Add the flour mixture a little at a time and mix until combined. Dollop into loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes for all white flour) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
I love the first slice, warm from the oven, smothered with butter. YUM.