Mom's Buttermilk Banana Bread
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Moist and tender sweet bread full of ripe bananas and covered in chopped walnuts. My mom's buttermilk banana bread is simply the best!
Yield: 2 loaves
  • 2½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ c. granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. (about 4) very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ c. buttermilk*
  • ½ c. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts, optional
  1. Move oven rack to position where pans will be in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottoms of 2 (9x5) loaf pans, using non-stick baking spray or butter and flour.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated.
  3. Mash bananas on a plate, using a fork. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  4. Gently fold in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and walnuts (or save for on top).
  5. Pour batter into pans (sprinkle nuts on top if desired).
  6. Place in oven and bake for approximately 35-45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, and the loaves are golden brown on the top. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes, then loosen the sides of the loves and remove from pans onto wire rack. Let cool completely (about 2 hours) before cutting.
-My mom's recipe doesn't include vanilla or cinnamon, these are just personal preferences.
-For a healthier option, half of the flour can be substituted for whole wheat flour, the buttermilk can be substituted for greek yogurt and half of the butter can be substituted for applesauce.

Recipe source: Life Made Simple
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