Spiced Banana Bread



So let me start off by saying I’m not a great baker or recipe maker or food photographer. And yet here I am about to share the recipe I came up with. Are you still there?

Ok so you should also know I’m bad at measuring and following directions. Not that I don’t know how, just lazy I suppose. Yeah yeah yeah, so why the hell am I sharing a recipe I made up? Well because it worked and I like it! I may not be the worlds greatest baker but man can I wing it, I’m also pretty good at figuring out a way to use multiple ingredients that are on their way to the trash. I had realllllly ripe bananas, buttermilk about to expire, not a lot of butter and a hankering for gingerbread. So I looked up a dozen recipes… banana bread, gingerbread, buttermilk banana bread, spice cake, buttermilk cake, on and on. Then I took them all and mashed them together based on what I had on hand. Et violà! My frankencake! (Realtime: just realized I threw out the recipe I wrote down, going to dig thru the trash now). Found it!

Spiced Banana Bread

2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp all spice

1/4 c. butter
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. molasses
3 really ripe bananas
1 c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a loaf pan. In bowl, whisk all dry ingredients.

In large mixing bowl (I used the Kitchen Aid mixer) cream sugar and butter, add rest of the wet ingredients and mix together, mash bananas separately and mix those in too. A tip: oil your measuring cup before using for molasses and it will slide out really easy.

Add dry to wet and mix until just blended. I added in slowly while mixer was on.

Pour in prepared loaf pan. Pop in the oven for about an hour, until browned and wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack. Slice and eat. It’s also nice to toast and butter a piece in the morning with a cup of coffee. Which I highly recommend making with this thing I got for Christmas. It makes one clean mean cup o joe.



  • Akshara Vivekananthan

    I’m not much of a baker or food photographer either, but I’d like to get there some day haha! I think it’s always fun experimenting with recipes, and finding something you absolutely like! Can’t wait to try this!

  • Erika

    This sounds delicious, banana bread is one of my absolute favorites!

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