Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Banana Bread (Loaded!)

Banana Bread loaded with goodies | Cooking on the Front Burner

It's a first!  I've never in my life made banana bread.  I like it, I really do but I guess I prefer when others make it for me!  I decided to take the plunge when I had two very ripe bananas sitting in the basket.  I've had black bananas before and have had no guilt tossing them out but this time, they seemed to be calling my name.  P-l-e-a-s-e use us and so I did.  And not only did I use them, but I invited some friends to join in - chocolate, nuts, dried cherries and blueberries.  Now that's a banana bread!

Did you know you can freeze black bananas for up until 6 months.  I bet you did, but I just found this out so I won't be tossing any more of these away.  The DIY Guy and I really enjoyed a few slices with our morning coffee!

Banana Bread

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Yield - 3 mini loaves
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted) (or vegetable oil works too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease 3 mini loaf pans
  3. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork then add the sugar, oil, vanilla and egg. Beat until well combined
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. Add flour mixture to banana mixture with a wooden spoon and stir until just combined.
  6. Add in the chocolate, nuts, cherries and blueberries (batter will be really thick - it's ok!)
  7. Divide between the 3 pans and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs sticking
  8. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack until completely cool
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I also want to mention these freeze really well.  We ate the first two (rather quickly) and saved the third for another time. 

Mini banana bread | Cooking on the Front Burner

We happened to like ours with creamy butter - so good!

Banana Bread | Cooking on the Front Burner

Banana Bread | Cooking on the Front Burner

Another quick bread you might enjoy - Pumpkin Banana Bread

More sweet breads can be found here:


  1. this banana bread is totally loaded! I love all the fruit you put in and the walnuts!

  2. I love that you've never made banana bread. . .and when you do. . .you LOAD it up on your first attempt! It looks wonderful and I'm pretty sure you're a natural at this bread making thing. Saving this recipe for when I have some tired looking bananas sitting on the counter!

  3. Wow...this bread is loaded! My hubby would love it!

  4. The only thing better than regular banana bread is a loaded one! This looks so moist, and I love those dried berries!

  5. How is it that you have never made banana bread before? LOL Well you did a great job for your first time, it looks delicious. :)

  6. Are you serious?! Never made banana bread?? What do you do with all your brown bananas? ;) This looks great, Deb!

  7. I love the idea of all the add-ins! Such delicious additions to basic banana bread!

  8. Wow, that is a loaded banana bread...I usually add chocolate chips so the kids will eat it...but I may have to try this :)

  9. Looks delicious! I would love for you to share at this weeks Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! http://wp.me/p466oG-2FQ Hope to see you there! Have a terrific week!

  10. Hi Deb. Stopping by from Munching Mondays to check out your Loaded Banana Bread. Wow, it looks really good! Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy your week.



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