National Banana Bread Day | Banana Bread – The Foodie Patootie

National Banana Bread Day | Banana Bread

Banana Bread: the food I never saw myself liking, but I do. Oh, I do so very much. Not only because banana bread prevents me from throwing out old bananas, but it’s so tasty and great to grab and go for breakfast in the morning, too. (My surprise at enjoying banana bread comes about because I just do not like bananas very much.)

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Before getting into the recipe for today, I have a funny story about bananas for you. My husband, and now I (on the rare occasion I eat a banana), don’t eat the last inch or so of the banana. You know that slightly dark piece at the end of the banana? Mike was told by his parents that it was a worm that sits in there and enjoys the banana. He hasn’t eaten the end of a banana since.

And, apparently we aren’t the only ones. I googled this and many people are afraid of what lives in the black part of a banana. It gives me the heebie jeebies.

What do you think of the black part of the banana? Do you eat it?

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But, anyway, enough about parts of foods that make me say ‘hmm’, let’s talk about the wonder that is banana bread. Mike loves bananas and we always think buying a bundle won’t be a waste. Sometimes it isn’t, but the reality is that sometimes we forget there are bananas in the house and either it’s too late, OR we are just in time for this baked treat.

I love the smell of banana bread baking in the oven, I love the soft texture of the bread, and I especially love how easy it is to make. If you have ripe bananas, why not celebrate National Banana Bread Day today?

National Banana Bread Day | Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: The Foodie Patootie
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Serves: 1 loaf
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbs butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl beat sugar, butter, oil, egg, and vanilla until creamy. Add the mashed bananas and mix some more.
  4. Add the flour mixture in 1/3 increments, beating until smooth after each addition. Stir in 1/2 cup walnuts.
  5. Pour into greased loaf pan and top with remaining walnuts. Bake for 55-60 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from loaf pan.

Tomorrow: National Tortilla Chip Day

3 Responses to “National Banana Bread Day | Banana Bread”

  1. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — February 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Ugh, yes, I am terrified by that last inch of banana. Even if it’s getting blended into a smoothie, any dark parts of the banana = total no go. Love this classic and delicious recipe!

    • Jennifer — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:07 am

      I’m so glad to know that we aren’t the only ones who are creeped out by the black piece. Ick.

  2. Leslie — February 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    So…you know how I’m allergic to most nuts? Wellllll…bananas too 🙁 BUT, I can eat banana bread! Something about the cooking process…the allergen goes under a chemical change or something…lol! So…I’m not so sure I know about this black part of a banana but I think if I saw it, I would get the heebie jeebies too. Gorgeous pics Jenn! Looks so moist too…Mmmmm…

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