It often happens that after a long day of never ending work, meeting umpteen demands and questions you find that elusive time to sit down and stretch your muscles. And by some weird humorous stroke of fate, something comes up at exactly that moment. And their you are on your toes again. For me that time is 3:15 pm. On school days we have lunch at 2:00 pm.My kids, fully fed and content suddenly get hungry just around the time that I choose to sleep. And coming up with healthy snacks for them is always a task. Same with finding time for quiet afternoon nap. 🙂
I have known many ladies complaining that they have run out of ideas for tea time snacks. Similarly I have had many ladies complaining about the rate at which bananas ripen and how they have to throw it out, a wastage of food and money. It was but inevitable to venture out looking for a recipe to salvage those over ripe bananas on the counter. And Food network came to my rescue.
My son has never been a big fan of fruits, nor vegetables, nor mutton, nor beef… the list is endless. His entire diet revolves around red spicy fish curry to the extent that he refuses to eat anything else. This banana bread recipe has been my go to recipe, to get some bananas into him, without needing to blackmail or threaten him. I usually make a loaf with nuts sprinkled on one half of the loaf and the other plain. This is because my daughter loves nuts in her banana loaf and my son hates nuts. But this snack goes down well with both of them.
There are numerous versions of the banana loaf on the net. Some with butter and some with oil, some with nuts and some without, some with maida and some with wheat flour and some with both. The variations are endless and almost every family has a specific recipe they follow. This recipe from foodnetwork.com is my go to recipe when I am in a hurry. It is a quick and simple recipe with good results and amazing taste. A must try when in need of a different tea time snack.
EASY BANANA BREAD
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 5 over ripe bananas
- handful of nuts – walnuts / cashews
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two 9×5 loaf pans and keep aside.
- Sift the flour,baking powder, baking soda and salt together and keep aside.
- In a bowl cream the eggs and sugar till light and fluffy.
- Add the oil, vanilla essence and the cinnamon if you are using it. Combine well.
- Add the mashed bananas to the bowl and mix well.
- Stir in the sifted flour one tablespoon at a time until just combined.
- Combine half the nuts into the batter and mix well .
- Divide the prepared batter between the two pans. Sprinkle the remaining nuts on the top.
- Bake for 45 min to 55 min or till done and the bread is a nice brown color.
- Cool , cut serve.
- The bread tastes better when it has cooled, the next day. I make this bread in the mornings so that they are ready by tea time and there is always something to munch in the house.
- The oil makes it lighter in texture. You can use butter, but you would have a heavier loaf.