My name is Maija and I used my baking skills to find men.

I am not necessarily proud of myself, but was it effective? Yes. Yes, it was.

During the time when I thought Tinder was a good use of my time, I did boast about this banana bread recipe on my profile. You would be surprised at how many guys messaged me with something along the lines of “I heard you make really good banana bread.”

Of course they heard about it, I shamelessly put it in my “about me” section.

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While there are a million recipes on how to make banana bread, I know this one is the one that will help me find my dream guy — it’s that good.

Even my friends know me for this banana bread. One friend used the recipe as her Twitter cover picture. Another said, “Maija’s banana chocolate chip bread is probably what I would choose as my last meal in prison and is definitely what I want to be buried with.”

It takes about 25 minutes to make the dough and another 40 minutes in the oven. It goes even faster if all the ingredients are set out before you begin.

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Once you’ve set up your cooking station and set the oven to 325 F, mix together the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla.

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The best part about banana bread is smushing the bananas to look like small cheese curds. When I used to make this with my mom, it really grossed me out, but now it’s weirdly relaxing.

The bananas should be on the verge of going bad. Making banana bread is a great way to reduce food waste since most people won’t eat brown bananas.

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Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, checking to make sure there are zero clumps of flour.

Depending on your personal preference add chocolate chips, sprinkles, pecans or walnuts. Mix well and pour into a greased pan.

A single batch can fill one large bread pan but I usually double the recipe to make two large loaves and four small loaves because I have a mini-banana-bread delivery circuit.

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Put in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. When making smaller loaves, start with 20 minutes, then check every five minutes. Look for a golden brown top and a toothpick that comes out perfectly clean.

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I guarantee after this bread, you will gain more Tinder matches or become the superstar of your friend group. But, if you don’t want to share, that’s perfectly acceptable too.