The pros: Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix is a quick and easy banana bread that won’t require you to possess any bananas to make.
The cons: Banana bread is relatively easy to make and you are paying for convenience here.
The verdict: My husband loves old movies. He prefers the old ones to the new ones any day of the week. I think I’m a bit snobbier when it comes to movies. I remember my grandparents introduced me to what a black and white TV. It was a Saturday morning. I was looking for cartoons.
I turned on their TV only to realize there was no color. When my six year old self informed them that their TV was “broken” they explained to me that’s how tvs were “in the old days.” I had no interest in black and white.
So naturally, my husband introduced me to his favorite movie, Sabrina. One of the songs in the movie was, “Yes, We Have No Bananas.” Which actually reminded me of this product.
When I looked at what was required to make this, I noticed you don’t actually need bananas. They are already in there in a dehydrated form.
However, depending on how much banana flavor you like your banana bread to have a very basic, yet easy to prepare banana bread. It’s very mild in flavor so you may want to add an extra ripe banana, or perhaps consult with your spice cabinet to get something more fun.
The name banana bread is a bit of a misnomer too. Banana bread at the end of the day is a lot more cake like than actual bread. Doesn’t matter because it tastes good.
Need pairing ideas to step this up? Cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and ginger are all spices that play very well with banana flavor. Thinking about mixing something in for more texture? Perhaps caramel, coconut, chocolate, hazelnut, macadamia, oatmeal, pecans, walnuts, or white chocolate would make some fun textural mix ins.
For $2.69 it would be cheaper to make this at home. But if you are pressed for time and want a very gentle banana flavored bread, then this wasn’t bad to reach for either. This box makes a basic recipe but can be taken to a new level with just a bit of creativity.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix:
The nutritional information:
To make this you will need:
How to prepare this as banana bread:
Or you can get fancy with this (I haven’t tired it, but it looks interesting):
After being baked and sliced you get:
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix is neither a hit nor a miss with me. It’s easy if you have no bananas, but otherwise banana bread is an easy as anything item to make on your own.
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