Simple Banana Bread

What does a year end mean to you? To many ofus, it is a day of ranting at how much we have missed our resolutions, and how we didn’t do this and we didn’t do that. I was never somebody who would look back and think of the days that went by. But the past two years have changed me a lot, and Alhamdulillah, I believe it is for good. The end of last year was a start to a time where things looked very uncertain, but Alhamdulillah, I am glad that things are much better than expected. Every day was lived in anticipation and perspiration and I have seen His Mighty Hands into a lot of events that happened over the year. There are times when I have sat and thought at how perfect His timing is in some matters that happened. When I have needed help, He gave it to me. When I needed uplifting, He lifted me up. And I am ever so faithful for all the signs that He has shown me, day in and day out. I am not even what I wanted to be – I still fall short in a big way of my duties towards Him. But slowly I am trying… because He has shown me that He is the Only One who can help me in case of any adversities, nobody else. Definitely, the 10 days of Umrah in February was a really awakening experience for me. This Ramadan was also a good period for a lot of reflection. I have bought about small changes in my schedules and activities and Alhamdulillah, I am able to somehow stick to those changes. But still, there is a lot to improve… Miles to go before I sleep, seriously… Three verses that I hold so closely to my heart nowadays:

He warns us:
“We have certainly created man into hardship” (Surah Al-Balad:4)
But He makes us calm:
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” (Surah Al-Baqarah: part of 286)
And He assures us:
“Be not sad, surely Allah is with us.” (Surah At-Taubah: 40)

Here is a beautiful article I would like to keep going back to again and again just to keep my mental equilibrium balanced!

 

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Ending the year on a sweet note, and with something that I love – bananas!!! I have already posted so many banana bakes on the blog… This one is another one, that I really loved. First of all, it is damn easy to make, all you need to do is mix, mix and mix and pour into the pan, bake and wait till it cools amidst the awesome scent wafting in the kitchen. The last bake from my old kitchen was this one and it was a really befitting one I must say. This was really perfect for a cup of hot coffee and a lazy cold evening!

Makes a large loaf
Recipe adapted from here

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So till we meet next year, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚

 

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Simple Banana Bread

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup 76 gm butter, melted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup walnuts crushed (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour a small loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the mashed banana and butter till well combined.
  • Add the soda and salt and mix.
  • Add in the sugar, egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • Finally add in the flour and whisk without lumps. Fold in the walnuts.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and flatten surface. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes till skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • Flip onto cooling rack and cool completely before slicing and serving!

Join the Conversation

  1. looks so good.. yumm with banana.. just now am drafting about the resolutions.. came across ur post..

    1. Thank you so much Laxmi…

  2. yes i too just love this bread

    1. Thank you so much Razina…

  3. Masha Allah a truely lifting article ,…the banana bread looks toooooo soft .

    1. JazakAllah Khair Nusrath…

    1. Thanks a lot Farheen…

  4. thats so moist n yum..
    Happy new year dear..

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  5. I just love banana bread! This looks good!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  6. I love banana bread too..Yummy ones.Have a happy new year dear

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  7. delicious looking banana bread it looks moist and soft yummy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Akhila… πŸ™‚

  8. Happy New Year…… Your last post of 2014 is delicious and soft….. and when I saw your banana bread recipe…I was surprised that I actually had a plan to make it for today…….

    1. That's a lovely coincidence Remya… Thanks a lot…

  9. Banana bread looking yummy…and a Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you so much Jeena…

  10. Banana bread looks soft and delicious…

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  11. Love banana flavoured bread n cake…Rafee sharikkum chinthippIchutto

    1. Alhamdulillah… nammal epozhum chindichu konde irikkanam, so that our hearts feel at ease… thanks a lot dear…

  12. Bread looks perfect with a cup of coffee..Wishing u a happy new year πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  13. Reflecting back to the year is something I do, not to change anything but to correct myself from the mistakes I made. Like the simple bread.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  14. Looks delicious! Would love to have a bread like that with tea. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, Rafeeda!

    1. Thank you so much Kanak…

  15. Lovely banana bread… May the almighty shower all his blessings, He is the only one who knows all

    1. JazakAllah Khairan Farin…

    1. Thanks a lot dears…

    1. Thanks a lot dear…

  16. Rafeeda when this popped I had to check 😊 this bread looks awesome…as you know I love banana bread and natural I want to know how many cups of banana. 3 is not clear. Thanks

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… you are just like me! πŸ˜‰ I use 3 largish bananas for this bread, the banana we get here is a modified robusta, so you could take around 4 of those stoutish short ones… next time I make it, I will measure it in a cup… Hope I have answered your query, Valli…

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