If your bananas seem like they are a little too ripe to enjoy, don’t toss them out yet, because February 23, marks National Banana Bread Day!
There are many different variations of the traditional banana bread, a few of which include banana raisin bread, banana nut bread, and chocolate chip banana bread.
Below is a list of banana bread recipes from the National Day Calender’s website:
- Buttermilk Banana Bread
- Banana Sour Cream Bread
- Applesauce Banana Bread
- Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
It doesn’t just stop at bread either — banana bread can be turned into muffins or cupcakes too.
According to the website, the creator of ‘National Banana Bread Day’ is unknown, but the website has an idea of how it originated.
The United States saw the arrival of bananas in the 1870′s, but it took a while before they appeared as an ingredient in desserts, according to the website.
An early restaurant/bakery chain owned by Gaff, Fleischmann & Company, was known for their baked goods and was likely one of the first to produce banana bread in the United States, the website states.
The recipe was made with banana flour, which is made by drying strips of the fruit, then grinding it to a powder, according to the website.