Most thriftsters know all about making banana bread from ripening bananas, but what about if you actually have a job/life/family commitments and can't drop everything to make 3 loaves of banana bread and then post the recipe to your blog and Pinterest? Aka us “normal folk”. Did you know that you can freeze overripe bananas and just dig them out at a later date to make your delicious banana bread?
I hate overripe bananas, so once they've got a tiny speck of brown on them, they get thrown straight into the freezer – whole.
Next time I'll be putting them in freezer bags, as I ruined a tea towel whilst they defrosted.
Once defrosted, I used the following recipe from Simply Recipes. Notice the lack of walnuts – because walnuts are expensive and I don't need them to enjoy my banana bread.
- 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
Not a fan of banana bread? Don't worry – I've pinned a whole heap of recipe ideas for overripe bananas for your perusal.
You might also like this recipe for quick easy banana cakes.