Easy Banana Bread
Banana bread has a weird place in our kitchen.
We love it, but rarely have bananas to make it with. Because it’s something you want overripe bananas for, going out and buying bananas specifically for banana bread isn’t really something we consider. We’re very spur-of-the-moment with regards to food - when one or both of us is craving something, we want to make it RIGHT THEN.
Also, we disagree on what to put in it. Although we both agree that this recipe - based on the one my mother always made when I was a kid - is the best one out there, we disagree on raisins vs nuts. I am firmly in the raisins camp - tons of them, please! I’m not a fan of nuts in my banana bread, because I like enjoying the smooth, moist texture WITHOUT crunch.
My husband, on the other hand, is vehemently against putting raisins in baked goods, period. He loves them on their own, or in trail mix... just not in anything where they can soak up liquid. Says he:
Ah well. If he wasn’t a bit weird, I wouldn’t have married him.
This easy banana bread recipe is a great base recipe. Use raisins, or don’t. Use dried cranberries, or walnuts, or whatever else you’d like in banana bread... or just leave the extras out entirely, and enjoy it as a plain - but SO tasty! - banana bread.
Oh, and unlike the vast majority of the baked good recipes I post... you can make this in a bowl, with a wooden spoon. No mixer required!