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The Best Banana Bread Recipe

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This is the easiest banana bread recipe I have found. Making banana bread is great way to stop wasting bananas that are super brown and extra ripe. Even if you don't want to eat it right that minute, you can easily bake it, freeze it, and then thaw it when you want to eat later. My favorite part is that if I do have a few very ripe banana, I can pull all the other ingredients out of my pantry and fridge to whip this up.

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I prefer walnuts)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  4. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
  5. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Then, slice, serve and enjoy!

Original recipe by Simply Recipe

My Favorite Smoothie

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If you don't already know, I hate oranges. But! I love smoothies. After combing Pinterest for recipes, I found out it was really hard to find a smoothie recipe that didn't use orange juice. So after a little experimenting, it came up with this concoction. This is hands down my favorite smoothie, and it's loosely based off my go-to one from Topical Smoothie, the Kiwi Quencher.

What you'll need:

This recipe makes 2 servings

  • 1 fresh banana
  • 2 ripe kiwis
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup regular almond milk
  • a blender

First, I peel the banana, scoop out the kiwi insides, and put them in the blender. Next, I add my yogurt and almond milk. Then, I add the frozen strawberries. Finally, I blend them up, poor into a cup, and enjoy! :)