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The Best Banana Bread!

When we first started dating, I (as in Kristen) used to bake for Houston a lot. I always wanted to do something special for him to let him know how much I appreciated him, but I was a poor college student with an average of 50 cents in my bank account every week. Baked goods seemed to be the best option. Out of all the treats I made for Houston, banana bread ended up being one of his favorite!

That being said, we’re sharing the best (and we mean BEST) banana bread recipe we found years ago from a food blog called Muffin Top.

Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumble Topping
Adapted from Bakesale Betty and Bon Appétit, and Muffin Top blog

For bread:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (You can use Bob’s Red Mill GF flour or King Arthur GF flour and it turns out amazingly as well)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3-4 bananas)
2 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup water
2/3 cup nuts (optional but YUMMY–I like to use walnuts)

For topping:
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 ½ Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray the pan lightly with cooking spray and then line it with parchment paper, letting the excess hang over the sides which makes it very easy to remove the finished bread from the pan; you just grab the parchment and lift.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the banana, eggs, oil, honey, and water. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir well. (If you are adding nuts, add nuts as a final step). Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients. Sprinkle them evenly over the batter.

Bake the bread until a tester inserted into its center comes out clean, about 1 hour, give or take a little. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then carefully remove the bread from the pan, taking care not to dislodge the topping. Cool completely before slicing.

 

Because we love all things baked goods, we’d love to know what are some favorite baked good recipes you have?

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