3 Ingredient Banana Bread

Banana bread to useOne of my daughter’s all time favorite snacks is a banana. She would eat several at a time if I let her.

Since she started eating them, we almost always have them on hand.

The thing about bananas is, they go bad rather quickly. They also happen to ripen other fruit as well, so if you have perfectly ripe fruit, keep them away from the bananas.

Lucky for us there are a ton of things to do with over ripe bananas.

I had some atrocious looking ones the other day and I had big plans of making some breakfast muffins (one of my and Z’s favorite breakfasts.) Unfortunately, I didn’t have most of the ingredients so I decided to get creative.

I had a box of cake mix that I never planned to use. I made cupcakes with pumpkin purée for Z’s birthday, so I wondered about using bananas instead.

Pumpkin purée and bananas are pretty much interchangeable, right?

I did a quick search on good old Pinterest and found a few ideas.

I put together this delicious concoction that puts the pumpkin cupcakes to shame.

You will need:
1 box of cake mix (I had chocolate. I’m sure it would work with other flavors.)
3 very ripe bananas
2 eggs
Chocolate chips (optional-also the fourth ingredient)/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_4130.jpg1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Prepare your loaf pan, regular pan, or muffin cups. I buttered three mini loaf pans. (I got them for Christmas and I was so excited to get to use them!)/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_4139.jpg2. Smash the bananas as well as you can. Any lumps will be seen in the bread-still tastes good, just isn’t as pretty./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_4132-0.jpg3. Add the cake mix and the eggs. Mix well./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_4140.jpg/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_4181.jpg4. Add chocolate chips or even nuts if you like.

5. Put in your pan(s)./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_4185.jpg6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_41901.jpg/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/84d/69271887/files/2015/01/img_4193.jpgThese were delicious! For the kids’ birthdays I am planning on making these in cupcake form. I’ll just throw on some adorable decorative frosting and they will be thrilled.

What do you like to do with your ripe bananas? I would love some more ideas!

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January 5, 2015
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  • Reply Arielle

    It looks so delicious! <3

    January 5, 2015 at 11:20 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you-I already want to make more!

      January 5, 2015 at 11:27 am
  • Reply melissajane01

    OOo…that is such a great idea! I wish my husband liked banana bread. Every time I make it, I feel like he is left out. My kids love it though…especially the chocolate kind.

    January 6, 2015 at 12:31 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      My husband doesn’t like banana bread either. He actually liked this one though…must have been all the chocolate.

      January 6, 2015 at 12:33 am
  • Reply Naomi

    Wow! I have a banana bread recipe for the bread maker. I use that, but the bread maker’s bread pan is too wide, and it never mixes right. I like your recipe much better! I’m sharing it with the mom-in-law, too. She loves simple recipes like this!

    January 6, 2015 at 8:42 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Awesome-thanks for sharing! I never thought to make banana bread in my bread maker. Lol! I hope you like this recipe!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:52 am
  • Reply mindfulmicaela

    Could be an easy recipe for kids to make too!

    January 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Absolutely! My daughter loved it!

      January 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Jen @ The Halfway Homemaker

    Mmm, I love banana bread. I just wish Bananas lasted in my house long enough to make this!

    January 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      We always buy so many! And we never learn, so I had to take action! Ha!

      January 8, 2015 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Rabia Lieber (@MamaRabia)

    I haven’t made banana bread in forever, but this looks like a great place to start!

    January 9, 2015 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Terri's ThoughtsTerri

    that looks truly amazing, im gonna make it

    January 9, 2015 at 7:56 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      It is really good! I hope you like it!!

      January 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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