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Banana Bread Is Quarantine’s Unlikely Hero

The unspoken hero of this quarantined time is the humble oven. Since most of the world went into hiding, people have taken solace in one of the few acts that is productive, comforting, and time consuming: baking banana bread.

Cookies, brownies, muffins, all have been given shine on social media these past couple weeks. But, nothing has made the rounds more than banana bread. Not a day has gone by in the last week in which a load didn’t touch down on my timeline. 

The phenom even made its way to the cream of the crop of Twitter, with Chrissy Tiegen taking to the platform to offer a loaf of her famous banana bread in exchange for romaine lettuce, which she eventually found.

We decided to join in on the hype, and started with the very bread seen in Tiegen’s exchange, which can be found in her recipe book, Cravings. Check out the video above to see the process and our delicious results.

Now, I wasn’t satisfied with just the bread, I wanted answers. Why on Earth has banana bread taken ahold of our collective mind as we all sit, bored as hell, in our homes?

I sent up a signal. I posted on my Instagram story, asking people to DM me if they’ve made banana bread while pent up. To those who DM’d me, I simply asked, “Why?”

I expected to be able to make this into a quick, heartwarming story with the responses, one that hopefully alluded to banana bread being a childhood favorite to many that, in turn, is providing comfort in a time of need. And while some responses did support this theory, I overwhelmingly received two specific sentiments:

“I saw it on TikTok/YouTube,” and “I had rotten bananas.” 

After digging around a little, I found multiple TikTok’s showing recipes for banana bread, some with hundreds of thousands of views, while some in with millions. 

Also, apparently, a lot of people panic bought bananas. And, no one actually ever remembers that they bought them, so there were a lot of rotting bananas out in the world.

The trend seems to have been borne out of virality and necessity, as is everything in this day and age. Hell, most of my meals in the past few days can be sourced from the same ideals, too. 

And it seems like for the next few weeks that frame of mind will dominate the kitchen. People will continue baking, using whatever they have in their kitchen. Maybe keeping something from exploding in the oven will distract from the world seemingly exploding around us, who knows. 

But, hey, until it does, keep making that scrumptious banana bread.

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Banana Bread Churro Bites

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Recipe: Spoon Fork Bacon

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Would You Drink ‘Banana Bread’ Flavored Beer?

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It’s happy hour and I can’t wait to kick back with a refreshing slice of banana bread, said no one ever. Still, it’s almost fall. Nutmeg. Baked goods. There’s something there, probably.

Specially launched for National Banana Lover’s Day this past Wednesday, new Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat is — like the rest of the Shock Top line — a Belgian style unfiltered wheat ale, brewed with notes of caramel, citrus peels, honey, banana, and spice.

“Very banana which I think is a good thing,” reports Phillip H. on untappd.com. “Hazy as fuck. Banana pudding in the nose. Taste like that, too but finished watery,” adds a guy named AAron.

If nothing else, there’s probably no better brew for “toasting” with. Ahah. hah. ha.

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Here’s How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I don’t think you can ever have too many different varieties of banana bread. Whether it’s sweetened up with blueberries, rich with chocolate chips, or simply, plain ole banana bread –it’s a bread that will never fail to impress.

For myself, I can’t imagine anything better than a warm slice of it and a mug of coffee to start off a midweek morning. Here’s a quick recipe so you can enjoy that same type of euphoric midweek breakfast that I do:

Peanut Butter Banana Bread
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance (butter), melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix banana’s, greek yogurt, peanut butter, butter and eggs until smooth.
  3. Add both sugars to this mixture, combining well.
  4. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; Add to the wet mixture.
  5. When fully combined, pour batter into pre-greased 9×5 loaf pan and bake for 1 hour (or until toothpick test comes out very close to clean).
  6. Cool, and serve.
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IDEA: Banana Bread and Cream Cheese

Sometimes it’s just the simplest of combinations that please the palette. A bit of olive oil, vinegar and a nice loaf of bread? Maybe some peanut butter and celery? Well here’s another combination for those off days, Banana Bread and Cream Cheese.

The flavors of a slightly sweet bread cut with the tangy soft cream cheese will go well with your morning cup of coffee or tea, or a nice stomach filler before bed. Anyone out there already eat their banana bread with cream cheese like our friend Dorothy does?

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Nutella Banana Bread

I am a big fan of all bread alike. Pita, whole wheat, white, French bread, Naan… The list goes on and on. If I decided to go with bread for dessert, you better believe banana bread is one of my main choices.  It is one of my favorites because it is so rich with flavor and gives you a real sense of being full. But now that my friend Aimee gave me the low down on how to mix Nutella into it, I don’t think the game is ever going to be the same! I mean why make regular banana bread anymore when you can have Nutella Banana Bread? If you want the game changing recipe to make a loaf of your own, make sure to check out the BakingJunkie to get your hands on a fix.

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Grilled Peanut Butter Banana Bread Sandwich

Talk about making me a happy camper! This particular sandwich is made with home made banana bread, green apple slices, crunchy peanut butter and regular butter. The recipe is available over at For The Love of Mayo, but I think I’ll be making a sub-sandwich version of this bad boy for my breakfast tomorrow!

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Craving: Banana Splitwich

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Banana bread, vanilla ice cream, actual banana, chocolate sauce dripping down the side of the structure with some whipped cream on top to seal the deal. If this doesn’t sound like a lunch for dessert, I don’t know what does. Or, a dessert for lunch. Either way. Either way. (PicThx Insanewiches)