Two weeks ago Bailey just had to have seven bananas. She picked them for their color, which was green. I tried to convince her she would not like them until they were ripe. She had to learn for herself and after trying one unripe banana she did not want to eat any other ones. So we had six brown bananas. I hate to waste food so I knew it is the perfect time to make banana bread. This Best Banana Bread Recipe has been their top recipe for a decade and made by thousands of people. We changed it up a little and made it an Easy Heart Banana Bread.
I love that I was able to make everything in the same bowl. Since it is the month of love I added an extra special treat with a heart inside the bread. If you want to add the heart you can double this recipe below. The banana bread is so yummy with our without the added hear.
What you need to make Easy Heart Banana Bread
- 3 overly ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Dash of salt
- 3/4 cup sugar (can add more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Red food coloring
- Heart Cookie cutter
How to Make Easy Heart Banana Bread
1 Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch pan.
2 In a mixing bowl, slice the ripe bananas. Then mash with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Add in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Slowly add in the flour and mix it. When it is all mixed together add in the red food coloring to the color you would like.
4 Pour the batter into your greased pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350°F (175°C), or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean.
5 Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter.
Regular Banana Bread
1 Leave the oven on at 350°F and grease a loaf pan.
2 In a mixing bowl, slice the ripe bananas. Mash with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Add in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Slowly add in the flour and mix it.
4 Pour some of the batter into your greased pan, evenly on the bottom. Layer in the heart shapes side by side so they make a solid heart in the middle. Slowly add the rest of the batter next to the hearts and on top. I would recommend using a pipping bag to do this, if you don’t have one you can use a plastic bag and cut a hole in it. Bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean. (If you are not doing the heart center cook time with be closer to 50 minutes to an hour)
5 Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. To slice I used floss (unscented of course). It was my first time trying and it works really well. You can use a butter knife as well.
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