Banana Bread

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Ever buy fresh produce and then find yourself forgetting that you bought it? Sometimes we can get so distracted with everyday life that we forget about those oranges in the fridge or even the juicy strawberries. For me, I have most trouble remembering that I need to eat my bananas before they go bad. Sometimes some of us even forget to take them out of the bag we bought them in, and this makes them get rotten even faster than if they were just sitting lone on the counter.

Well, not to worry, because once you remember that those bananas are there, there is still something you can do with them, whether they are overripe or not. Ever had banana bread? Not only is banana bread delicious, but also it’s a great way to use old bananas. Most of us probably see the bad bananas on our counter top and feel disappointed that we forgot to eat them. Those who have made banana bread feel our mouths start to water. (Even if you don’t have the motivation to make banana bread with the old bananas, at least try to use them for compost!) If you are interested in trying banana bread, I have a recipe that my aunt gave me below. It’s delicious! Making the bread might leave you singing the song Bananas by Gwen Stefani–I know the tune is stuck in my head. Either way, enjoy!

Creamy Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

½ cup margarine softened

8 ounce package of cream cheese softened

¼ cup of white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Two ¼ cups of all-purpose flour

½ teaspoons baking soda

¾ chopped pecans

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1 cup of mashed bananas

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350degrees F.

2. Mix the margarine and cream cheese together.

3. Add white sugar.

4. Beat until it’s fluffy.

5. Add eggs slowly as well as the vanilla and bananas.

7. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

8. In a separate bowl, mix the pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

9. Fill the two greased and floured 8X4 loaf pans halfway with batter.

10. Sprinkle the pecan mixture over the batter.

11. Fill to the top with batter.

12 Bake the pans at 350degrees F for about 45 minutes.

There are a lot of different types of banana breads out there like “Classic Banana Bread”, “Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread”, “Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze”, “Peanut Butter Banana Bread”, Basic Banana Bread”, and many more. The few listed above can be found on Cooking Light’s webpage. On the site they list the 15 Best Banana Breads. Below is a link to the webpage, where you can find all 15 recipes.

http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/from-the-editors/banana-bread-recipes-staff-favorites-00400000041611/page6.html

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