National Banana Bread Day 2018 – January 21

National Banana Bread Day celebrates a perfect pairing of fruit plus bread. Admit it, few things are quite as comforting as walking into the house and smelling a freshly baked loaf of banana bread. It’s certainly a dessert staple in many households, which is probably why so many of us have such a special place in our hearts for this delicious treat. The best things in life deserve an entire day devoted to celebrating their existence.

National Banana Bread Day - History

1950
Banana bread grew in fame

Thanks to its feature in the "Chiquita Banana Recipe Book," banana bread's popularity soared.

1930s
Banana bread made an appearance in print

Recipes for banana bread began to show up in popular cookbooks.

1929
Hard times made for ripe bread

Money was so tight during the Great Depression that people refused to throw away rotten food — thus ushering in the era of overly ripe bananas in banana bread.

Early 1900s
Bananas became readily available in the U.S.

Thanks to the invention of refrigeration techniques, transporting bananas to the U.S. became much easier.

National Banana Bread Day Activities

1. Bake a loaf of banana bread
It's hard to think of a more appropriate way to celebrate National Banana Bread Day than whipping up a loaf. We guarantee your family and friends will thank you for your creation.

2. Host a banana bread tasting party
Round up a group of friends and ask everyone to bake up their favorite banana bread recipe. Then, gather together to test out all of the different variations. You may even want to hand out prizes for the best tasting recipes.

3. Donate banana bread
Research local nursing homes, soup kitchens, and other nonprofit organizations within your community that might benefit from home-cooked food donations. It'll make your heart feel good to brighten someone's day by sharing the scrumptious gift of banana bread.

4 Things You May Not Know About Banana Bread

1. It's heart healthy

Thanks to its star ingredient, banana bread helps to normalize blood pressure and regulate heart function because of potassium.

2. You'll be in good company

It's estimated that the average American eats around 30 pounds of bananas per year!

3. It's a quick bread

No need to wait for yeast to rise when making banana bread. Thanks to baking soda and baking powder, most banana bread recipes only take about an hour from start to finish.

4. Banana bread is radioactive

Due to the high potassium content, bananas have a slight amount of radioactivity.

Why We Love National Banana Bread Day

A. We grew up eating banana bread
Many of us had grandmothers and mothers who loved to fill the house up with the intoxicating smells of banana bread. When you think back to childhood, there's a good chance that a memory of enjoying a decadent slice is stashed away somewhere.

B. There are lots and lots of different recipes
The great debate of nuts vs. no nuts in desserts is alive and well when it comes to discussing the best banana bread recipes. They can differ in so many other ways, though. We like to think of banana bread as snowflakes; no two loaves are exactly the same.

C. Banana bread is an ultimate comfort food
It's hard to deny that banana bread is downright delicious. No matter what time of year it is, enjoying a piece of banana bread fills us with instant feelings of comfort and joy.

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