Banana Bread

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

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.

The beauty of this banana bread recipe is you don’t need a fancy mixer! 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 cup.

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 muffins instead. You can even go a step further and make chocolate banana bread.

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. (Isn’t it funny how the parents of our childhood friends are always Mrs. and Mr. no matter how old we get?)

The recipe has been updated with new photos, first posted 2005. Enjoy!

Banana Bread Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one loaf

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

Ingredients

  • 2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.

In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.

Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren't crumbly.)

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Links:

Banana Nut Muffins recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread recipe

Peanut Butter Banana Bread from Nicky and Oliver of Delicious Days

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  • Seun

    I have never really done any baking but my 1st attempt at baking banana bread turned out excellently. Thanks for the very simple, easy-to-follow recipe.

  • Chris

    Made this as my first foray into baking. Turned out well!

  • Autumn

    I added a tsp of baking powder and made muffins with this, cooked perfectly in 14-16 minutes on 400. Awesome banana bread recipe!

  • Liz Hayes

    First time ever making Banana Bread. Never been successful with any kind of cake making in the past. This recipe is easy. Only had self raising flour, didn’t have Baking soda so added a little bicarbonate soda to ensure the rise. Added dried raisins, cranberry’s, sultanas and some cinnamon. 50 mins at 350, let it cool, and it was fantastic !! Really surprised. Next time, I won’t bother with the vanilla essence, add come chai seeds and chopped nuts. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipie on which to build.

  • Wade Prilliman

    Added semi sweet chocolate chips and looks and smells delicious!!

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