One Overripe Banana...Dun Dun DUUUUNNN!!

It seems like my two and a half year old daughter goes through food phases all the time. One second she LOVES spaghetti, the next she HATES it and won't even take a bite! The same is even true for fruits. She usually loves bananas, but it seems within the last few months it changes every other week. I buy a huge batch of bananas every week at the grocery store, I think we probably all do. They are cheap, convenient, and not to mention very tasty. At my house right now though, my husband is trying to follow more of a low-carb regimen, and I am trying to lose some baby weight so I am trying to limit my fruit to just once a day, so unless my daughter is loving bananas at the moment, they are either all gone in like 2 days, or I am sitting with some brown, mushy bananas a few days later.

And of course there is the factor of at what stage you like your bananas. I am a yellow banana with a little bit of green at the top kind of girl. NO SPOTS. Not even one! Isn't it incredible how much different a banana tastes over the course of a few days? I go from LOVING bananas when they are at this stage to wanting absolutely nothing to do with them if I see a spot! My daughter also likes bananas best in this stage.

My husband does not like bananas at all at the stage I do. He thinks they have no flavor (Whaaaat??) and are way under ripe. He likes a few spots.

So what do you do when my daughter and I have had our fair share in the early stage, my husband has had a couple in the "a few spots" stage and now you are left with bananas in the you-couldn't-pay-me-to-eat-it-at-this-point stage?? Now if I have a few bananas left, which rarely happens, my go-to is of course banana bread! Everyone in my family loves it so it is a great option for using those bananas up. However, what if you only happen to have one lonely, overripe banana left? Well my friends, I have finally found a recipe that calls for just ONE overripe, brown, mushy banana! One of the greatest gems I have found in a while :)

I would love to hear what banana stage you like to eat your banana in! Do you like them slightly green or with a few spots? Are your family members different than you? Please share in the comments below :)

Banana Bread with One Banana


1 large very ripe banana

1 egg with enough milk to make 1 cup

1 stick of butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

Walnuts (optional)

Chocolate Chips (optional)

Dash of cinnamon (optional)


*Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

1. Dump all of the ingredients (except for the nuts and chocolate chips) into your mixer bowl; no need to combine. I just broke the banana up into a couple of chunks.

2. Mix on low to medium-low until most of the chunks are gone.

3. Grease a baking pan. (Grease it really well...the bottom of my bread stuck because I didn't grease it well enough!)

4. If you're adding chocolate chips, mix them into the batter and pour into the bread pan. Top with sprinkles of walnuts.

5. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes. Use a toothpick to determine if the bread is cooked all the way through.

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    Mary Richardson
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