Introduction: 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.

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.

Step 5: Prep Extras

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If you're going to add nuts, coconut, chocolate chunks/chips, or any other extra bits, now is the time.  I generally figure about 2-3 Tablespoons is the right amount to add in.  If you're using big chunks of nuts or chocolate chips instead of more finely chopped, make them heaping tablespoons.  There's really no way to go wrong -  just add things you think taste good with bananas.

Some things that go well in banana bread:
- dark chocolate
- milk chocolate
- macadamia nuts
- hazelnuts
- pecans
- walnuts
- maraschino cherries (yes, I grew up in the midwest - why do you ask?)
- coconut shavings

Step 6: Grease and Fill Pans

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- Grease two loaf pans with the left-over butter wrapper.
- Scoop half of batter into each loaf pan, and remove any drips from the edge. 

You may add any extras before or after filling the pans.  Since I tend to leave one plain, I just dump the bits on top of the second pan and mix them in with a fork.  It's a bit tidier to add them in earlier, but I'm lazy.

You can also make this in muffin pans, or an 8x8 square pan if you prefer.  Just adjust the timing a bit, and pay close attention because you'll be using the "cook it till it's done" method.

Step 7: Bake

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Bake in 350F oven for 50-55 minutes until golden brown on top and a test poke from a toothpick or skewer comes out clean.

Let the pans cool slightly, then while still warm (but no longer dangerously hot) use a silicone spatula or other flexible implement to separate the bread from the edge of the pan, and gently turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool.

Step 8: Serve & Store

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Slice the bread and serve warm or room-temperature.  To store, let the loaf come to room temperature then wrap in aluminum foil.

I'm particularly fond of toasting the leftover banana bread and smearing it with high-quality butter, honey cream cheese, or Nutella. 

Let me know how your banana bread turns out - post a picture in the comments if you can!


T0BY (author)2015-07-08

Yum yum! This looks absolutely delicious!

tricky_monkey (author)2014-12-17

Thank you so much! I used half butter and half shortening, seems to work great.

otravezatun (author)2014-09-24

Puedes sentir el aroma?

canida (author)otravezatun2014-11-18

Si puedo sentirlo!

otravezatun (author)otravezatun2014-09-24

Delicioso. Gran receta!

Can you smell it?
Delicious. Great recipe!

ghwhitcher (author)2013-02-06

Made this for my grandparents, they were super stoked on it. Great recipe, 5 stars

canida (author)ghwhitcher2014-11-18

Fantastic! Glad to hear it went well. :)

vhunter1 (author)2013-01-07

My twins are baking in the oven as we speak. Added chopped white chocolate and almonds. Yum!

canida (author)vhunter12014-11-18

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

otravezatun (author)2011-09-13

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)otravezatun2014-11-18

Buen trabajo! Me gusta chocolate blanco. :D

CJSudduth (author)2011-09-01

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)CJSudduth2014-11-18


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

skaar (author)CJSudduth2011-09-06

get really hot, then you go outside, it'll feel cool and pleasant.

CJSudduth (author)2011-09-01

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)CJSudduth2014-11-18


mrelement (author)2012-12-28

embarresed to say this but i live in nebraska- midwest!

farzadbayan (author)2011-12-24

I will try it as soon as possible!

ronjan41 (author)2011-08-25

What are 2 tablespoons each add-in???

farzadbayan (author)ronjan412011-12-24

See the Step5, that's that!

mariadiaz (author)2011-09-29

Yammm, delicious.Oh and why did I have to stumble upon this?Now I have to go and make me some banana bread:)))

shesparticular (author)2011-05-08

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)shesparticular2011-06-02

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.

shesparticular (author)canida2011-06-02

Thanks! For sure sounds like something I should try.

jonahquinn (author)2011-05-30

This looks so good, must try it myself.

canida (author)jonahquinn2011-06-02

Thanks! If you do, please post a picture.

Twinmum (author)2011-05-08

Dang, I wish bananas weren't $13 a kilo at the moment, I could really go some banana bread!

canida (author)Twinmum2011-06-02

Wow, $13/kilo? Maybe you can get the about-to-spoil dark and squishy ones at a discount.

mikeasaurus (author)2011-05-08

for me, slices of banana bread is like printing your own money.

canida (author)mikeasaurus2011-06-02

They can be exchanged as such in many places!

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