That's right, I said a Banana Split Bread recipe.
I bet you're wondering how I came up with this idea! Well, I had a few bananas that were starting to head south, but since my husband and daughter don't like banana bread, I knew I needed to make a bread that was a little more appealing to the other family members in the house.
I started looking around my kitchen for add-ins but because I was getting ready to travel a bit, I hadn't been grocery shopping and my cabinets were kind of empty. I did, however, have a bunch of sundae toppings...
And I came up with the idea of baking a banana split - in bread form!
First, I followed my go-to basic banana bread recipe, but substituted ½ of the sugar with the pink sparkle sugar that I usually top banana splits and sundaes with.
I added some of the toppings I had on hand: chocolate sprinkles, white chocolate chips and praline crunchies.
And before baking, I drizzled my bread with sundae syrup and more chocolate sprinkles.
Even before we sliced into the banana split bread recipe, I knew it was going to taste divine because it smelled like heaven!
Of course it tasted just fine on its own but you can never go wrong with extra sundae toppings...
A little pineapple topping, a little drizzle of caramel or sundae syrup and a maraschino cherry?
A banana split wouldn't be complete with out them!
I think I've found a tasty alternative to the banana split for the lactose intolerant...
3 ripe bananas
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar - I used ¼ cup white & ¼ cup colored sugar sprinkles
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 lightly beaten eggs
2 cups all purpose self rising flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
Sundae toppings of your choice - I used chocolate sprinkles, pralines, white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 and grease a loaf pan with baking spray or butter.
Combine bananas, butter and sugars in a mixing bowl, until bananas are completely smashed and blended with the sugars. Then add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
I mix and stir this batter by hand, as I find using an electric beater is just too much on the bananas.
Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix thoroughly, then add your sundae toppings!
Pour into the greased loaf pan and drizzle with toppings of your choice. Chocolate, caramel or sundae syrup work well!
Bake for one hour and then test the done-ness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out with batter on it, cook for an additional 10 minutes. The cooking time will vary depending on the moisture brought into the bread by your ingredients, but it should be about an hour!
When I shared photos of this Banana Split Bread with my friends on Facebook, someone commented that it looked like cake - and you know what? It kind of IS a cake! A banana split cake! Yum!