3-Ingredient EASY Banana Bread

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This 3-Ingredient Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.

This 3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread recipe is seriously THE EASIEST cake or bread recipe that I have ever made!  It started out as a sort-of experiment, but to my amazement, came out the perfect texture, was incredibly moist, and tasted delicious!

This 3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.

So what is this magical recipe?  What are those 3 simple ingredients?  Well, of course, bananas is one.  They need to be over-ripe bananas that when you look at them you think, yep those have seen better days and you may typically just toss into the trash.  BUT DON’T!  Use these perfectly nearly-black-all-over beauties for this recipe.  BTW, you can also slice these over-ripe bananas up and freeze them for smoothies or banana ice cream! For more Freezer Hacks, download this Free Meal Prep Freezer Hack Sheet!

This 3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.

And the key ingredient?  Drum roll please… PANCAKE MIX!  Pancake mix is great for those times when you are in a pinch and need to make something fast.  It includes several of the ingredients in a banana bread recipe…flour, baking powder, sugar, salt…all pre-measured and combined for you.  NOTE: I used Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix Buttermilk.  I also tried Maple Grove Farms and both worked great.

I do recommend adding Vanilla Extract to this when you mix the pancake dry ingredients with Water.  The vanilla just makes this recipe extra delicious and is such a great pairing with the bananas.  That is the 3rd ingredient, as I am not counting water or the Extra Virgin Olive Oil needed to coat the pan.

That’s it!  Mix 2 Cups Pancake Mix with 3/4 Cups Water and 1 tsp Vanilla Extract.  Then add 3  over-ripe bananas and mash.  If it is still too dry, add another teaspoon of water until the dry ingredients are all moist.

Mix to combine, pour into a bread pan and then bake in the oven 350 degrees F for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.  If the toothpick comes out wet the first time, put the bread back in for 5 more minutes at a time until done.

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

 
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3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread

This 3-Ingredient Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 Slices
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pancake Mix, COMPLETE mix only requiring added water note, I tried 2 different pancake mixes, Aunt Jemima and Maple Grove Farms and both worked great
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Bananas, over-ripened
  • 3/4 cups Water
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the pancake mix, water, and vanilla extract.  Mix to combine.  If it is still too dry, add another tablespoon of water and again until the dry ingredients are all moist.

  3. Peel and break up 3 bananas into the bread mixture.  Mash up the bananas into the mix and stir to completely combined.  Keep some chunks as this will help to keep the bread extremely moist and textured. 

  4. Pour into a bread pan that has been sprayed with a little extra virgin olive oil.

    This 3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.
  5. Bake in the oven for 60 minutes or until a toothpick placed into the center of the bread comes out clean.  You can start checking at 50 minutes.  If the toothpick comes out wet the first time, put the bread back in for 5 more minutes at a time until done.

    This 3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.
  6. After the bread is done, let sit for 10 minutes before cutting.  Enjoy!

    This 3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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Cut Out Sugar Cookies dipped in chocolate and then topped with red, white, and blue star sprinkles.
Snowflake Cut Out Sugar Cookies decorated with white glaze and blue sprinkles

This is a simple Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe that’s not overly sweet and has a hint of salt for the perfect flavor balance. It’s also a thick dough that really holds it’s share, so that you can roll it out and use cookie cutters with to create any shape you want. 

You can glaze them with a simple glaze recipe – only three ingredients.  Or you can melt chocolate and dip and sprinkle!

 

 

Making & decorating Christmas cookies is a fun tradition in our house.  The girls love basic Cut Out Sugar Cookies that they can cut into the various holiday shapes and then decorate them with as much glaze and sprinkles as possible.  Since it is really about the decorations, I like this very basic and easy recipe for the cookies.

I think that the first time we went all out with the different christmas cookie cutters and tons of sprinkles was in 2013 when Daniela was 5 and Alexa was nearly 2.  We were visiting my parents in Missouri and my mom bought a tub of 18 different cookie cutters and red and green sprinkles.  It was the start of our new tradition!

This year, we continued the cookie decorating tradition, though a bit early so I could post it here – I really had to twist their arms as you can imagine :).

I let them each make glaze, splitting the recipe in half and giving each girl a bowl to mix.  However, then I pour all of the glaze in smaller bowls (I used paper for easy clean up) and let the girls pick their food coloring colors so that we have several different colors.  So much fun!

Try to roll the dough out evenly at a 1/4 inch thick.  You can see here that my girls were a bit overzealous with rolling and where it was too thin, the cookies got a bit brown and were crispier, but still delicious (those in the back in pic below).  I bought a kid-size rolling pin, which is great for them!  Check out my Shopping Page to see the rolling pin and 18-piece cookie cutters.

In terms of decorating with kids, my advice is: don’t worry about these being beautiful.  The key is that everyone has fun and that the kids feel like they truly created their own little masterpiece.  Have Fun!

Mom to 2 little Cookie Artists,

Carrie, Talking Meals

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

This is a simple Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe that's not overly sweet and has a hint of salt for the perfect flavor balance. It's also a thick dough that really holds it's share, so that you can roll it out and use cookie cutters with to create any shape you want.  The glaze is also very simple with only three ingredients.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1 ⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt

For the Icing

  • 2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food Coloring in desired colors

Instructions

Cookies

  1. In a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla extract; beat on high using an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. In a separate large bowl combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the butter mixture until completely blended.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  5. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  6. On a floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick
  7. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters
  8. Place cookies about 2-inches apart on cookie sheet
  9. Bake 6 minutes

  10. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool before icing

Icing

  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk and the vanilla extract
  2. Mix in the confectioners sugar and continue mixing until smooth
  3. Pour equal amounts into small bowls or coffee mugs to create the different color glazes for decorating the cookies