For as long as I can remember, I’ve associated baked goods with comfort. I had a friend in high school who’s mom always had baked goods fresh outta the oven when we got home from school and I always believed that’s what the perfect moms in fairy tales did. As I grew, I started baking myself and now, it’s the first place my mind goes when I want to artificially create some hygge in my life (and, I hope, my girls remember the smells of the baked goods they happily gobble down and it brings them comfort too as they grow).
One of my tried and true recipes is a hearty banana loaf. It took me forever to find the right one, but I believe I finally did it. Here’s the recipe xo (it makes 3 loaves)
- 7-8 ripe (frozen & thawed) bananas
- 2/3 cup melted butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp pure vanilla
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups flour
- chocolate chips & nuts as desired
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mix all wet ingredients well in a Kitchenaid Mixer (you don’t need one, but it definitely makes things a lot easier)
- Add 3 dry ingredients and blend well
- Add chocolate chips & nuts (fold in with a spatula)
- Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of loaves
- Pour into greased loaf pans
- For gas ovens, bake 50 mins. For electric ovens, bake 55-60 mins. When you insert a toothpick in the middle of the loaf and it comes out clean, it is done.
Note: Yes, you can make muffins instead. This recipe will make 30 muffins. Follow all the same instructions but bake for 30 mins instead. Put a teaspoon of rice into the bottom of the muffin tin before adding your paper or silicone liners to prevent soggy/oily bottoms.