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how to make banana bread

how to make banana bread

Banana Bread

Moist and delicious banana bread recipe. Easy to make, no need for a mixer! Ripe bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and flour.

This banana bread has been the most popular recipe on Simply Recipes for over 10 years. Thousands of people make it every day.

Because it really is the best banana bread recipe, period. You can mix everything in one bowl, you can vary the amount of sugar or bananas. And the secret to its great flavor? Melted butter.

Overhead view of a slice of banana bread on a plate.
Kelly Hamilton

The beauty of this banana bread recipe is you don’t need a fancy mixer! A mixing bowl, a fork to whisk the eggs and a sturdy spoon to mix the batter are all you need. The sugar amount is flexible. The original recipe called for a cup of white sugar, but most people, including me, do just fine with 3/4 of a cup, and many are happy with a 1/2

You can toss in a cup of chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips if you want, or put the batter into muffin tins and make banana nut muffins instead. You can even go a step further and make chocolate banana bread.

Easy banana bread cut into thick slices.
Kelly Hamilton
  • I was given this banana bread recipe years ago from my friend Heidi H, who, many years before, had begged the recipe from a ski buddy’s mother—Mrs. Hockmeyer. Thanks Heidi!

Banana Bread

PREP TIME10 minsCOOK TIME55 minsTOTAL TIME65 minsSERVINGS8 to 10 servingsYIELD1 loaf

No need for a mixer for this recipe! Clean-up is easy too, if you want, you can mix everything in one mixing bowl.

The best bananas to use for banana bread are those that are over-ripe. The yellow peels should be at least half browned, and the bananas inside squishy and browning.

We recommend an 8 x 4-inch pan for this recipe. It can also be made in a 9 x 5-inch pan, but the loaves will have less rise.

NOTE: We have reduced the amount of baking soda in this recipe from 1 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon. After testing, we found that bread made with less baking soda has a slightly higher and more consistent rise with a nice dome and a tender crust, while the flavour and texture are consistent with the original recipe. This said if you have been baking this bread with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and are happy with those results, by all means, continue doing so!

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 medium (7″ to 7-7/8″ long) very ripe bananas, peeled (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1/3 cup (76g) butter, unsalted or salted, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (205g) all-purpose flour

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4 x 8-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
how to make banana bread
  1. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
how to make banana bread
how to make banana bread
  1. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. A few dry crumbs are okay; streaks of wet batter are not. If the outside of the loaf is browned but the center is still wet, loosely tent the loaf with foil and continue baking until the loaf is fully baked.
how to make banana bread
  1. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren’t crumbly.)Wrapped well, the banana bread will keep at room temperature for 4 days. For longer storage, refrigerate the loaf up to 5 days, or freeze it.
how to make banana bread

Links:

Banana Nut Muffins recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread recipe

NUTRITION FACTS(PER SERVING)
220CALORIES
7gFAT
37gCARBS
3gPROTEIN

 Show Full Nutrition LabelNutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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