Friday, May 22, 2009

Banana Pineapple Bread

I compulsively buy bananas every Sunday. Especially when they look so sunny and yellow. I just can't resist them.

But they're not as appealing to me at home. So they sit on our blue kitchen counter until they get brown

and then browner

and browner.

Until I'm worried that they're rotting and my family is disgusted.

And then I throw them out.

(Lots of people do this, right?)

So I'm trying to find more creative things to do with brown bananas. This banana pineapple bread is definitely a winner.

Banana Pineapple Bread (2 loaves or 6 mini loaves, 70 min)

3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c oil
2 tsp vanilla
4 medium bananas, mashed
1 c crushed pineapple, drained

1. Preheat oven to 350. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
2. In large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Add oil, vanilla, banana, and pineapple. Mix.
3. Add flour mixture to large bowl. Stir until combined. Do not overmix; batter should be lumpy.
4. Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake regular loaves for 60 min, mini loaves for about 40 or until toothpick comes out clean.
*Brown bananas work best since they are sweeter than yellow ones
*This bread can be frozen

Yes, I know you can't buy banana pineapple bread in the store. I'll just compare it to banana bread.

Storemade: $3.29 (1 loaf from the grocery bakery...or $3.99 for a sliced loaf)
Storemade: $2.00 (1 loaf from a box/bag mix)
Homemade: $1.10 (1 loaf)

Homemade banana bread ALWAYS wins with me for both taste and cost. This banana pineapple bread is a tasty way to add variety. The pineapple adds a fun, distinct sweetness to the bread. I think it would taste even better with walnuts or some coconut sprinkled on top. (Unfortunately, Anna won't touch it if I put nuts in it) I will definitely make this again. Anna kept asking to have it as her dessert!


  1. What an interesting combination! This sounds like a good bread to give as gifts in small loafs. Thanks for another great recipe idea!

  2. I'm trying this one today!!!! I finally have brown bananas! I'll let you know the outcome.

  3. This recipe was better than I imagined. My family loved it. The recipe made 2 large loaf pans and 1 small. We already ate the small one and one of the large ones is half gone. Great recipe!!!!

  4. I was a bit skeptical, thinking that the pineapple would make the bread too tart but it's perfect! Homemade banana bread items are the only way to go--for sure! Store-bought are awful. This was a really easy recipe and made a lot! I made small loaves and a lot of muffins. I cooked the muffins for 20-25 minutes. They taste amazing :)

  5. I'm glad you liked it! I frequently halve this recipe. The only difficulty with that is that the recipe calls for 1 egg. So I halve the egg. To do this, I lightly beat 1 egg. Then I just dump half of it down the sink and the other half into the bowl. I don't measure it - just eyeball it. I haven't had it fail me yet.