Mason Jar Banana Bread
For the bread:
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup melted butter
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
16 oz. wide mouth mason jars (makes 3-4 jars)
Optional Streusel Topping:
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons sugar
This really is a fairly simple bread to throw together. You can make it with or without the streusel topping. I do like to add some banana extract to the batter because I like a really strong banana flavor but if you don’t have it on hand, just substitute with vanilla extract. Those overripe bananas help make this bread so moist!
Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray inside mason jar with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, butter and sugar and extract.
Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts, chocolate chips if you prefer.
Pour batter into mason jar 1/2 way.
To make optional streusel topping: Combine flour, butter and sugar until crumbly.
Sprinkle on top of batter. Bake bread for about 40-50 minutes. If using a smaller jar, less time needed. Bread should spring back to the touch. Or you can insert a toothpick in the middle. It should come out clean (no batter sticking to it.)
Allow to cool before removing from jar. Serve and enjoy!