Bananas almost always go bad in our house, especially since Joe and I both prefer them slightly green. The following recipe (tweaked from allrecipes.com) saves those bad bananas and makes one loaf of my favorite banana nut bread. It won't disappoint, but pay no attention to how unhealthy it is.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup applesauce (I use Mott's natural.)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar (This can be reduced to 3/4 cup if you choose.)
1 cup mashed overripe bananas (should take 2-3 medium bananas)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a 9x5" loaf pan.
In a bow, mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix the applesauce, butter, mashed bananas, eggs and sugar in a separate bowl. Slowly add into the dry ingredients. Fold in the pecans. Pour into the loaf pan.
Bake for 50 minutes and test to see if a toothpick comes out clean when poked into the middle of the loaf. If done, remove the loaf from the oven and let it sit in the pan 5-10 minutes before placing it on a cooling rack. When cool, wrap in saran wrap or foil to lock in moisture and store in the refrigerator.