Saturday, July 07, 2012

One-Banana Banana Bread

I know, I know.  Not another banana bread recipe.  I can’t help myself…I love a good banana bread!  And although I do have my favorite “best” recipe (which I haven’t shared yet…so I have to warn you that there will be at least one more banana bread post hereabouts), I can’t help trying out new ones.  Especially now that little C is off to school and banana bread makes such an excellent (and not too junky) snack.

Before we move on to this particular recipe, if you, like me, are also a big fan of this ubiquitous but soul-satisfying quick bread, I’ve made a quick round up of all the banana bread recipes I have posted here.  In case you wanted to go exploring down that path…

A liberatingly easy, one-bowl, no mixer recipe that is perfect when you are short on time.  

The same recipe as above but with the addition of awonderful streusel topping I came by from a dear friend.  

A recipe from one of my favorite cookbook authors, Tessa Kiros, found in her enchanting book Apples for Jam…to which I added a chocolate chip crumb topping because, really, why not

A chocolate banana bread because everything in my life must have a chocolate version.  

And in that same line, everything in my life must also have a Nutella version.

To make banana bread even more kid and picnic friendly than it already is, just bake your favorite recipe as cupcakes…then add some Nutella self-frosting action.  I cannot recommend this enough.  

So, what is so special about this recipe?  It uses only one banana.  And if you have ever experienced the sad tragedy of a lone banana rapidly over-ripening on your counter, you will appreciate having this in your arsenal.

One-Banana Banana Bread
(adapted from The Faux Martha)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (or a combination of plain yogurt and milk, which is what I used)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- If you don’t have buttermilk, put a heaping-tablespoon-sized splodge of yogurt in a liquid measuring jug.  Top this up with milk until it reaches 1/3 cup, stirring well.  Let this stand for about 5-10 minutes.
- Stir in the melted butter and the buttermilk (or milk/yogurt mixture) into the dry ingredients. Add the egg and stir until well combined.  Add the banana and vanilla. Stir until just combined. Spread the batter into a buttered loaf pan.
- Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then finish cooling on a rack.

The original recipe includes a crumb topping…which I was too busy (lazy) to make.  That’s not to say that I do not resolutely believe that banana bread should have a crumb topping…because I do, quite firmly in fact (see above).  Crumb topping is one of the best things that could happen to banana bread.  Nutella is another (again, see above).  That being said, this is absolutely fine on its own.  And the feeling you get from making short and efficient work of that last banana, that would have otherwise been chucked, is priceless.  This will work with one whole cup all purpose flour or, as I did here, half all purpose and half whole wheat pastry flour.  A slice of this is lovely with a hot cup of coffee or tea, and is perfect to tuck into someone’s lunchbox. 

I hope you are all having a restful weekend, filled with all sorts of good things, banana bread optional, to fuel you through to the next week!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delicious looking!



Lauren said...

THANK YOU! FINALLY! I have been searching for a one-banana banana bread recipe forEVER!!!!!! I even have one banana languishing on the counter right now!!! :D Thank you!

Tangled Noodle said...

It's rare that there's a single banana waiting to be used, thanks to my two voracious banana-eaters. But I think they'd be willing to spare one in exchange for this bit of scrumptiousness! 8-)

Mom-Friday said...

THanks for sharing all your banana bread recipes! We love banana cake and bread. Only baked once, so I will surely try one of those you featured :) I can just imaging how lovely your kitchen smells after baking this :)

Anonymous said...

Perfect! I always have a banana or two languishing by the end of the week. Looking forward to trying this out soon.

Junglefrog said...

Can you believe in never made a banana bread before? And I do love them but with a boyfriend who is allergic to banana it just never happened. This looks totally delicious. Maybe I should give it a try!

Ashlee Christopher said...

What a great idea of a blog wow you have come up with so many wonderful things I am now following you via twitter whoop whoop

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa!

Hi Lauren! So glad to have helped!

Hi Tracey! We always manage to have stragglers...which is why I have so many different recipes (that use different amounts of bananas)! :)

Hi Mom-Friday! We love it too! It is great to bake because it's so easy plus almost always moist because of the banana in it :)

Hi Anonymous person :) Hope you like it!

Hi Simone! I can imagine why what with your boyfriend's allergies! We love it over here -- easy, yummy, and as far as cake goes healthier than most :)

Thanks Ashlee! :)

Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings said...

i love me a good banana bread! i made a gluten-free version once that was surprisingly excellent! and also, tessa kiros' Apples for Jam is a fave book - got so much inspiration from her that our second child's name guessed it...Tessa! Our first child's name is Giada...after the chef, Giada de Laurentiis! Heehee, see a pattern here?? (Our 3rd child is does not have a chef name...hahaha)

Midge said...

Now, making banana bread with just one banana's quite an interesting notion. Unfortunately, bananas don't last at all that long at our house, so I doubt if I'll ever be able to make this!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jen! I LOVE Tessa Kiros! I think I have read Apples for Jam and Falling Cloudberries 100 times! :)

Hi Midge! Sigh...we *always* seem to have an odd banana left!

Didi said...

Sharing my love for your writing :) *hugs*

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Didi! I am honored! :)

Redd H from Salted Spoon said...

This recipe is in my weekly roundup of the most inspiring recipes!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks for including me Redd!

Eveli said...

It looks really yummy. Must try it out myself :)

Anthony said...

Love fruit breads. Thanks for sharing this banana bread recipe.

Anonymous said...

This was perfect. I also threw in some coconut and a few chocolate chips. So glad to have a recipe now that calls for just one banana. Thank you!

Andrea Elizabeth said...

I'm about to try your recipe, and I'm going to replace the milk/yogurt with applesauce! I've been obsessed with trying this with everything lately, hope it turns out!

Anonymous said...

I added chopped walnuts, dried mixed betteries and used strawberry activia yogurt. It turned out so tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

I added chopped walnuts, dried mixed berries and used strawberry activia yogurt. It turned out so tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

Dore Family said...

Awesome recipe!!! I added a handful of chocolate chips and tbsp of cocoa...because my family loves chocolate. LOL
this is my fav. banana bread recipe thanks!