My World Famous Banana Bread

This recipe is one of my absolute favorites. I would make it all the time during my undergraduate studies at USC. I remember watching an iconic 90’s movie that lent the great advice of always have something baking when you are expecting an “important guest.” Whether it was a study group, a potential suitor, new friends, or old, this became my go-to and worked like a charm every time. I would whip up a quick batch and offer up my apartment as a place to study. Quickly, my place became the destination for all matters business school. One of my past boyfriends even swore this recipe is what made him realize he was “in love.” Warmth, familiarity and comfort dance in the air as the welcoming aroma will have your guests salivating. The dimension in flavor and texture, coupled with the classic that is banana bread, will have your friends, family, and even bae swooning.

1-3/4 Cup of AP Flour
1-1/2 Cup Mashed Banana (about 4 Medium Ripe Bananas)
3/4 Cup Melted Butter
1/2 Cup Walnuts, chopped
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (optional)
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar and Packed Dark Brown Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Ground All Spice or Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

​1​. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
​2​. In a large bowl whisk flour, walnuts, granulated and dark brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and allspice.
​3. ​Stir in mashed banana, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
​4​. Pour batter in a lightly greased 9×5 loaf pan, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 40-45 minutes, loosely covering the top with foil during the last 10 minutes.
​5. ​Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes
​6​. Serve

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