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One of the biggest reasons people don’t cook at home is the clean-up afterwards, which can often be painful when you’ve got bedtime routines, homework to help with and laundry to put away.  This recipe solves that in its own small way.  I’ve condensed the recipe to make one loaf of banana bread and all of the ingredients are combined in one bowl – not the moist ingredients in one and the dry in the other.   It’s an easy recipe, which yields a very moist loaf and is easily adaptable to your own tastes. 

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One Bowl Banana-Nut Bread

4 ripe bananas

3 tbsp butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 large egg, beaten

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease loaf pan.  Mash banana in large mixing bowl.  Blend melted butter with banana.  Add next 8 ingredients until blended.  Add pecans and chocolate chips just until incorporated.  Poor batter into prepared loaf pan. 

Bake on middle rack in preheated oven for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean.  Let cool on wire rack before slicing.  A serrated knife works well.

Yield: 1 loaf

Kitchen Note:  Omit nuts and/or chocolate chips if desired.  The pecans can easily be replaced by walnuts.