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The Busy Bee’s Banana Bread

I really hate it when bananas get so spotty, and I hate it that it happens so quickly!  Sometimes I just don’t know what to do with them but throw them out, but I always feel so guilty when I do.  I knew there had to be other ways to use overripe bananas… which is when I thought about banana bread.

I LOVE banana nut bread.  There is something about the aroma while it’s baking and the taste once you eat it that’s just so comforting.  Considering my pantry is not yet fully stocked with baking supplies, I went online to find “easy banana bread recipes” and found one that only asked for 3 ingredients.  Bingo!

The 3 ingredients involved were 1 box of yellow cake mix, 2 eggs, and 2 bananas.  It sounded a little unreal to me, but I figured I’d give it a shot.  The 2 spotted bananas were staring at me waiting for something to happen.  Yes, I also realize using a box mix is kind of cheating in the baking world, but hey, I’m pregnant and tired. 🙂  After this, I don’t know if I’ll really itch to make it completely from scratch again.

Of course, I had to add a little extra zing to the recipe, so below is what I ended up doing, and it turned out so very perfect.  Try it out!  I’m missing that fresh banana bread smell in the home already…

Ingredients:
2 ripened bananas
1 box of yellow cake mix
2 large eggs
1 cup of pecans (or walnuts, your pick!)
1.5 tsp of cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Peel the bananas and mash them in a large bowl.  I just used a large spoon and mashed it until it almost looked like baby food.

Once this is done, open the packet of cake mix and pour it in the bowl with the bananas.  Add in the nuts (if applicable), the 2 cracked eggs, and the cinnamon.  Mix thoroughly until everything is blended through.

Spray a 5″x9″ loaf pan with non-stick spray, then pour the batter into the pan.  Make sure it’s even.  Place it in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.  Use a toothpick to check for “readiness” as it should come out clean once it’s done.  It’ll also look a beautiful golden brown like below…

 

Let it cool for a bit then slice and enjoy!  You can put it in the fridge if it doesn’t get devoured the day of.  I like to pop a slice in the microwave for about 15 seconds for a warm treat 🙂

Next time, I’m going to try it with 3 bananas (or maybe 2.5) as I would’ve loved a little more banana flavor to it, but otherwise it’s definitely a winner with everyone that’s tried it!  How easy was that?

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