Easy One Bowl Banana Bread

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Banana bread is one of my favorite comfort foods. Yes, it’s delicious — there’s nothing quite like biting into a warm, dense slice of freshly baked banana bread. If I’m feeling particularly decadent, I like to toast it until the outside is curling with heat. Then, I swirl a ribbon of honey across the top.

More than the taste, though, I appreciate banana bread because of the pleasant afternoons spent baking with my dad. Or, more accurately, the pleasant afternoons where I, the dutiful and physically exuberant child, was put in charge of the all important banana mashing duty.

I took this task very seriously. No banana lump was allowed to remain in existence; I considered a job well done only if my spindly arms were sore afterwards.

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Over the years, I’ve adapted Tyler Florence’s recipe, which is our favorite, to suit my preferences (no nuts, please). For a period of a year and a half, I even added a dash of cinnamon, sprinkled just right, for that “secret something.” It wasn’t until batch #28 that I realized that the cinnamon added absolutely nothing and I bade my dreams of selling my closely guarded secret ingredient to the highest bidder goodbye.

Most importantly, though, I adapted the recipe to fit my own laziness. As I’ve grown older, I’ve assumed more responsibilities, and among those tasks is, unfortunately, clean up duty. I despise washing dishes — there’s nothing to look forward to! It’s not like a delicious, steaming hot loaf is going to pop out of the sink to reward me for my cleanliness.

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The original recipe calls for ≥2 bowls. I’m sure this is due to some technical, justified rationale. Perhaps the recipe, when followed exactly, yields banana bread so delicious it summons tears. I have decided I will never know, as I refuse to wash more than two items.

Besides, the result here is more than satisfactory. It remains my favorite banana bread, and I’ve tried many banana breads in my >2 decades of life, so I’m sure I’m a qualified reviewer. IMG_3579-e1509333918749 Easy One Bowl Banana Bread

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Print Recipe
One Bowl Banana Bread
One bowl and 1.5 hours to delicious banana bread
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In large bowl, whip 3 bananas and sugar together until creamy / thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add melted butter, eggs, and vanilla; mix to incorporate.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Ideally, you can sift the ingredients together into the big bowl while adding, but I never do this and it turns out fine. Fold to incorporate; careful not to over mix.
  5. Add remaining (4th) banana and smash gently with fork. Fold in to incorporate.
  6. Pour batter into loaf pan and rap on counter.
  7. Bake for around 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. If you're worried about the surface becoming overly brown, remove pan and cover with aluminum foil before replacing in oven.
  8. Cool bread (or eat straight). Enjoy!

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4 Comments

    1. thanks so much, Cynthia! Washing dishes is definitely not fun, which has led to some “creative” takes on recipes (some way more successful than others — i once tried to make a marbled cake using only one bowl, but that didn’t turn out too well!)