Shortly after posting my nightly skin care routine on the blog yesterday, I turned to find a dirty kitchen staring right back at me. As hard as I try, my ocd tendencies will not allow me to ignore the mess, so I took on the groundhog-day to day- task of cleaning up the kitchen. After all was wiped down and dishes put away I had 4 brown bananas sitting underneath the shelf waiting to be peeled and baked into something.
Just as deep as my cleaning habits go, I try my very best to not let a banana go to waste. If we were smoothie drinkers, I am sure they would find their home in a blender daily … but since we haven’t jumped on that train yet — I bake.
This recipe for buttermilk banana bread has exceeded all others I have tried in the past. I am so impressed with the simplicity of the recipe and how perfectly they were cooked through! Moist, thin crisp outer layer, speckled with baked banana and one loaf got served an additional speck of love with chocolate chips.
Because two loafs are better than one.
If you are home today, with brown bananas staring back at your on your counter, make this! Your loved ones will be smiling ear to ear!
- 4 ripe bananas - mashed
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 8 Tbsp melted butter
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 3 Tbsp ground flaxseed (you can omit)
- 2 heaping tsp cinnamon
- Pre heat the oven to 325* Prep 2 loaf bans with non stick spray + parchment paper
- In a medium bowl, mash up the bananas and melted buter. Once smooth, add the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and sugar. Combine well.
- In a seperate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flaxseed.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, folding until completely incorporated.
- You can divide the batter evenly amongst the loaf pans - or pour ½ into one, and in the bowl add a cup of mini chocolate chips to the batter, pouring that into the second loaf! Yum!
- Bake at 325* for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick once inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack before using the parchment paper to remove the banana bread.
- Slice and enjoy!