Lots of Bananas Bread

This was one of those weeks where the phrase “I need to bake” really comes into play. Working in a high school, you would think that the last couple of weeks would be very exciting. Wrong. As a guidance counselor, I think it is one of the busiest, most stressful times of the year. All I could think about was wanting to get home and bake something. Why? Baking helps me relax and (almost) forget about my worries.  It helps me to completely focus on something else and know that I can have a (hopefully!) delicious outcome.

I have definitely made my share of banana breads/desserts over the past year, including Carrot Pineapple Banana Bread, Zucchini Banana Bread, Pumpkin Banana Bread, Banana Zucchini Pudding Cake, and Apple and Banana Cake.  For some reason I don’t get sick of them. It’s really the only way I am going to eat bananas and I love that my son Luke can’t get enough of it.

I wanted to give this Six Banana Banana Bread by Averie Cooks a try.  And exactly 6 bananas is what I needed.

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It also took over an hour to bake; close to about 75 minutes. I did have to put foil over the top so it wouldn’t burn.

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This banana bread didn’t disappoint. The amount of bananas give it great flavor and keeps it moist, not dry at all.

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And making this bread did make me feel a bit better after my day.  Give this a try.  You can find the recipe for Six Banana Banana Bread here!

On a side note, Averie Sunshine of Averie Cooks just came out with a cookbook this week!

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If you like peanut butter, you need to get this book.  I can’t wait to start baking my way through!

Banana Zucchini Pudding Cake

Are you sick of bananas yet?  I hope not because I have another banana recipe for you!  Just like all of the previous ones, this is from Averie Cooks.  This Banana Zucchini Pudding Cake makes number 7 in her Banana Bread Fest.  This recipe is similar to the Zucchini Banana Bread recipe except in a cake form.  And there are chocolate chips in it, which I love!

         

Click here to see how to make this cake!

         

As you can see, this cake baked beautifully!  And as with all the others, you must have a glaze on it.  This has a browned butter vanilla glaze which is absolutely delicious.

I tried to make the glaze look all fancy by drizzling it diagonally with the whisk.  That did not work out so well.  But still, this cake looks pretty good.

Although it is considered a cake, I cut it up into brownie size pieces.   It just seemed like the right thing to do.

I think this cake is very good.  The chocolate chips and the banana are a great comination in this cake.  However, it is REALLY moist.  It’s almost difficult to pick up and eat because it just sticks all over your hands.  I think what I would do differently next time to avoid this is squeeze a lot of the water from the zucchini.  However, my little guy Luke didn’t seem to mind!  And he somehow got chocolate on his bum while sitting in his chair.  Who knows!  If you want to give this cake a try, please check out the recipe here!

Banana Bread Brownies

Last week, I wrapped up my post on carrot pineapple banana bread by saying that I really hope Averie Cooks continues the banana bread fest.  As soon as I hit “publish” on that post, I went to her blog and there it was…Banana Bread Brownies!  How is that possible?!  I have never heard of such a recipe but mother-in-law said she has made them before.  I had these brownies on my mind all week.  I couldn’t wait to make them but having to go to work kept getting in the way :).  Finally, I had some free time!  As I have mentioned before, this recipe is similar to all of the previous banana bread recipes.  I love how easy it comes together, throwing everything in one bowl.

Click here for the Banana Bread Brownies recipe!

With a little taste of the batter, I could tell they would be amazing!  The banana almost takes on a different flavor, if that makes sense.

         

And of course you must have a glaze.  This is a vanilla caramel glaze, the same one used on the apple and banana bundt cake.   I just drizzled it on top of the brownies before they were cut.  I let it sit for a little while so the glaze could harden a bit.  This made it easy to cut without making a mess of the glaze.

One word for these brownies…wow!  I was a little skeptical of banana in brownies.  But I thought this about some previous banana bread recipes and I have been wrong each time…which is a good thing!  I cut up these brownies into bite size pieces, just because I felt like it.  It’s all about portion control.

I can’t believe how much I have been using bananas to bake these past few weeks.  I still can’t bring myself to eat just a banana on its own.  It needs to be mashed up and added to other delicious ingredients, say chocolate.  Then I will eat it!