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waste not want not banana bread


Ok, so as promised I have the perfect banana bread recipe for you today.  If you’re following my $100/month grocery challenge I talked about how I made a quick banana bread to use up the ripened bananas that were going to go to waste.  This recipe was so easy to come together and my favorite part is that it only uses 1 bowl.  The less dishes to wash the better.

You can add walnuts or even chocolate chips if you wanted to make this even better but we love it just the way it is.  It’s a great way to use up those brown bananas.  Juliana took one bite and declared it even better then chocolate cake.  And we all know how much that kid loves cake.  We ate some for breakfast and then I sliced it all up and cut the 1 inch slices into squares perfect for little fingers and packaged them up for the kids to take to school for snack this week.

Here’s what you need:

2 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups flour

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 4×8 inch loaf pan.  In a big bowl mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth.  Stir in applesauce.  Mix in the baking soda and salt.  Stir in the sugar, beaten egg and vanilla.  When all combined, mix in the flour.  Pour batter into loaf pan.  Bake for 1 hour.  Remove from pan to cool and then slice and serve!

If you want to add mini chocolate chips or nuts, do it at the end when all the other ingredients are already mixed together.  We didn’t have any on hand, and the idea was to use up what we had and not run to the store for more ingredients.  And I promise, like I said before, this recipe does not even need any extras.  This banana bread is seriously so yummy we can’t even wait for our bananas to turn brown again.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  XO, Danielle

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