Quick and easy banana bread

I remember the day I had my wisdom teeth removed like it was yesterday. Okay maybe I don’t remember the whole day, but I’ll remember this particular little bit of it forever.

I was lying on the couch in my parents living room, looking like a chubby little chipmunk and feeling rather miserable. I hadn’t had a decent meal since 8pm the previous night and I wasn’t able to chew anything, so my dad made me some mashed potato for dinner. After dinner Riaan came by to visit, armed with a bowl of homemade chocolate mousse! (I have such special men in my life!)

We were chatting animatedly on the couch with my parents and he was demonstrating something to us and he accidently patted me on the side of the face, I cried out in pain and he felt so terrible. He was up and in the kitchen in no time, returning with chocolate mousse to make me feel better (he couldn’t stop apologising). After a couple of minutes had passed, the chocolate mousse had been devoured and the shock and pain had subsided, we were back to chatting and laughing, and joking about him whacking me in the face.
quickeasybananabread5aAnyway, back in those days, when Riaan tried to woo me with home baked goodies he would bake this awesome banana bread. It became a fast favourite in my family and he was often asked “Liefie, when are we going to get some banana bread?”
quickeasybananabread2aI don’t know whether his intention back then was to fatten me up or lead me to believe that he was extremely domesticated, but I was often surprised with homemade cookies, fudge and on the odd occasion actual food!

I love that this banana bread is quick and easy to make (hence the very original name I have given it!) and it is the perfect way to use up any over ripe bananas you may have lying around.
quickeasybananabread1aTo make 2 little loaves (21cm x 11cm) you will need:

125ml oil (I use sunflower oil)
½ cup white sugar
2 large eggs
3-4 ripe bananas (mashed)
¼ cup milk
2 cups flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence

Preheat your oven to 180°C and grease your bread pans. I usually use a non-stick spray or butter.

In a medium size bowl beat the sugar and oil together until well blended. 

Add the eggs to the sugar mixture and mix well. Then add the mashed banana and mix well.

Mix the milk and bicarbonate of soda together and add it to the banana mixture.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture. Mix it all together making sure the batter is well blended.

Stir in the teaspoon of vanilla essence.

This is the part where you can get creative! Stir in any variations you might want to add (nuts, choc chips, dried fruit etc)

Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans and pop them into the preheated oven.

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a cake poker inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
quickeasybananabread6aquickeasybananabread3aWhen I made this particular loaf I added some chopped almonds to the batter and it came out really nicely. The variations are endless, I am keen to try adding dark chocolate chips and maybe try a pistachio loaf too…

My favourite way to eat this banana bread is with a generous spread of peanut butter (obvs) and a hot cup of tea!

I would love to hear what you think if you give this recipe a try and if you have any flavour combo’s you think I should try just pop them in the comments below.

Until next time,
Sim

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