This buttery, moist bread is one of the easiest banana bread recipes - anyone can make it!
It’s summertime and that means our bananas are going ripe a little too soon. This banana bread recipe is one of the best ways to use up those ripe bananas that might have sat on the counter a day too long. Nothing smells of comfort like a warm loaf fresh out of the oven.
Make it fun for the whole family:
Enlist your little helper to smash those bananas. The perfect way for kids to get involved in baking is to help smash those overripe bananas into mush. It’s fun, easy and sometimes a bit messy!
How to make banana bread:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract and mashed bananas until well blended.
- Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in a pan for 10 minutes, then pop out onto a wire rack.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
(optional) 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
(optional) ½ cup walnuts chopped
2 1/3 cups overripe bananas, peeled and mashed (approx. 4 bananas)
PREP TIME: 15 mins
COOK TIME: 60 - 65 mins
SERVINGS: makes 1 loaf ~ 8 servings
Want More Options?
Nuts & Chocolate
Want to make your banana bread even more moist? Load up on chocolate chips and chopped walnuts for a delicious moist loaf! Simply mix into the batter before pouring into the loaf pan.
The biggest struggle for many bakers who are dairy-free is baking a moist bread. Nowadays there are so many options out there that it is simply about substituting with the right ingredients! A great dairy-free butter substitute is Country Crock Plant Butter. They are nut-free and coconut-free for all those who have other allergies.
If you want chunks of banana in your bread, use a fork to mash the bananas and leave a little chunky. Then mix into the batter before pouring into the loaf pan. For more whipped bananas, use a mixer.
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