Banana bread


I am absolutely ADDICTED to watching $10 dollar meal from Melissa d’Arabian. As a new mom, I’m always looking on ways to save money and watching this show has helped soo much with keeping our meals on a budget. On one episode, she made banana bread and was craving them for the longest time! Here’s a tip, don’t throw away your bananas if its getting too riped or turning brown. All you have to do is bake or freeze them. Why waste your money? Baking from scratch is such a cheap way to make dessert for your family and you’ll be surprise how much stuff you can make with the food in your pantry. Back to the banana bread… This recipe was delicious! Even with my husband being sick, he said it was the best banana bread he ever had! The recipe said to add chocolate chip cookies, but I decided to skip on that and just add 1/4 cup of walnuts. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Plus, if you have some left, just eat them for breakfast.  I know that’s what I’m going to do tomorrow 😉

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, slightly beaten
Juice of 1/2 orange (about 3 tablespoons)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), plus extra for greasing the pan, at room temperature
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Special equipment: 1 1/2-quart glass loaf pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Mix together the vanilla, eggs and orange juice in a measuring cup or small bowl. Cream the sugar and butter in a medium bowl until pale yellow and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add in the egg mixture and beat until creamy. Mix in the bananas until smooth. Pour the flour in 2 batches into the batter and mix on low speed until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 1 hour, covering lightly with foil if the top gets too brown. Cool, remove from the pan and slice. Serve dusted with the confectioners’ sugar

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