By Scott Lang
3 ripe bananas, mashed 1/3 cup of melted butter or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon of baking soda A pinch of salt 3/4 cup of granulated sugar (adjust according to preference) 1 large egg, beaten 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 cup of chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans) 1/2 to 1 cup of chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 4x8 inch loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly mash the ripe bananas until smooth.
Add the melted butter or oil to the mashed bananas and combine. Mix in the baking soda and a pinch of salt, stirring well.
Incorporate the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract into the mixture. Gently fold in the all-purpose flour until just combined. Avoid overmixing; a few lumps are acceptable.
Optionally, add chopped nuts or chocolate chips and gently fold them into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Once baked, allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for approximately 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.