Banana Bread Recipe

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This simple banana bread is my favorite because it's a bit sweeter than the standard banana bread, which means the banana flavor really shines through.  It's also an excellent base for adding nuts, chocolate chips, or anything else you like to eat in banana bread.

This recipe makes two regular loaves or one huge loaf.  I usually leave one loaf plain, and add chocolate, nuts, and/or coconut to the second.

This banana bread is good warm, but even better a day or two later when you toast slices and slather them with butter! Delicious.
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Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

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3 overripe/black bananas, fresh or freeze-thawed1
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) - save wrapper to grease pans
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons milk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons each add-in

KitchenAid mixer (or a bowl, and electric beaters or a spoon and strong arm)
rubber spatula
1 or 2 loaf pans

1Freezing your ridiculously ripe bananas, preferably in groups of 3, means you're always ready for banana bread.  You can thaw the bananas in your bowl on the counter, or microwave them.  Don't worry about the pool of liquid they drop - the freeze-thawed bananas will actually taste better than the same bananas that haven't gone through the process.  Just remember to peel your bananas before freezing them.

Step 2: Cream butter, sugar, and bananas

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Cream the stick of room-temperature butter and 1 cup sugar together with the 3 overripe bananas. 

I typically dump all three into my KitchenAid mixer, hit go, and wander off for a bit.  Be sure to scrape the sides at least once, then mix a bit more.

Step 3: Add eggs and milk

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Add in the 2 eggs and 3 Tablespoons milk, and mix until they're thoroughly incorporated.  Again, scrape sides as needed between bouts of stirring.

Step 4: Add flour and baking soda

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Add 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon baking soda, and stir in gently until mixed.  Scrape sides and mix again.  The resulting batter will be a thin pudding consistency.
tricky_monkey3 months ago
Thank you so much! I used half butter and half shortening, seems to work great.
otravezatun6 months ago
Puedes sentir el aroma?
canida (author)  otravezatun4 months ago

Si puedo sentirlo!

Delicioso. Gran receta!

Can you smell it?
Delicious. Great recipe!
ghwhitcher2 years ago
Made this for my grandparents, they were super stoked on it. Great recipe, 5 stars
canida (author)  ghwhitcher4 months ago

Fantastic! Glad to hear it went well. :)

vhunter12 years ago
My twins are baking in the oven as we speak. Added chopped white chocolate and almonds. Yum!
canida (author)  vhunter14 months ago

White chocolate and almonds sounds amazing. I wonder if dried cherries would go well in there too...

otravezatun3 years ago
Hi, Canida.
This a report from Puebla, MEXICO. We bake banana bread as your recipe, we add chocolate chips and oat cereal.
Great!! Delicious!!
canida (author)  otravezatun4 months ago

Buen trabajo! Me gusta chocolate blanco. :D

CJSudduth3 years ago
ok... you won... lol.. it is over 100 degrees here in Texas and I am making banana nut bread... I must be crazy or hate throwing away bananas...
canida (author)  CJSudduth4 months ago


Remember you can always peel and freeze your bananas to save for a cold rainy day.

skaar CJSudduth3 years ago
get really hot, then you go outside, it'll feel cool and pleasant.
CJSudduth3 years ago
I am glad to report that the banana bread (with walnuts) I made earlier is ...AWESOME.... and even better with a cold glass of milk... YUMMMY..
canida (author)  CJSudduth4 months ago


mrelement2 years ago
embarresed to say this but i live in nebraska- midwest!
farzadbayan3 years ago
I will try it as soon as possible!
ronjan413 years ago
What are 2 tablespoons each add-in???
See the Step5, that's that!
mariadiaz3 years ago
Yammm, delicious.Oh and why did I have to stumble upon this?Now I have to go and make me some banana bread:)))
This looks fantastic, and thank you for reminding me that I've got 6 bananas sitting in my freezer that need to be used!

I've always used brown sugar (prefer dark over light) when making banana bread - does using white sugar result in a different texture in the finished loaves?
canida (author)  shesparticular3 years ago
I haven't done a side-by-side comparison in banana bread, but I know in cookies brown sugar makes them more moist and chewy.
Thanks! For sure sounds like something I should try.
jonahquinn3 years ago
This looks so good, must try it myself.
canida (author)  jonahquinn3 years ago
Thanks! If you do, please post a picture.
Twinmum3 years ago
Dang, I wish bananas weren't $13 a kilo at the moment, I could really go some banana bread!
canida (author)  Twinmum3 years ago
Wow, $13/kilo? Maybe you can get the about-to-spoil dark and squishy ones at a discount.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
for me, slices of banana bread is like printing your own money.
canida (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
They can be exchanged as such in many places!