Don’t let those bruised and battered bananas go to waste – use them to make delicious banana bread with this easy recipe!
All you need are some overripe bananas and a few basic ingredients you probably already have on hand. And the great news is… you do not need a bread maker! Just make up the batter, pour it into a loaf pan, and into the oven it goes.
What Is Banana Bread?
Banana bread is a type of sweet or quick bread that is made with old or overripe bananas. Some people add nuts to the bread; some leave them out. People eat it for breakfast, snacks, or desserts.
A “quick bread” doesn’t require any yeast to rise (leavening). The baking soda will do the job, along with the bananas and the salt, of making the bread rise. Note that using very ripe bananas will increase the moisture in the mix, and baking times will be longer.
Why Use Overripe Bananas?
The thing that makes banana bread so good is that by the time the bananas have become a few days old, or “overripe,” the starch level lowers from about 40% to around 10%, while the sugar level rises to almost 90%. This is among the highest levels found in any fruit.
What You Need
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Canola or vegetable oil
- Bananas over ripe
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Walnuts chopped, optional
How To Make Banana Bread
Banana bread is such an easy thing to bake that you can make it in the morning and enjoy fresh sweet bread all day! Here are some tips that will help you.
Use Butter Instead of Oil
Another family favorite is to fold in chocolate chips to the batter to give the banana bread a chocolate-y kick.
How To Know When Banana Bread is Done Cooking
The best way to tell if banana bread is done is to use the toothpick test. Stick a toothpick into the middle of the bread. If it comes out clean, it’s done! If it comes out with batter on it, let it bake for another 10 minutes.
What To Eat With It
Nuts Are Optional
This recipe uses walnuts which are excellent in banana bread. But feel free to leave them out if you prefer.
I love to serve it warm with some whipped butter and a nice cup of coffee. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast or a wonderful after-dinner dessert.
If you really want to get crazy, try a nice slice of cheddar cheese on a slice . This isn’t a taste for everyone, but my family loves it!
Wrap the bread in parchment paper and keep it at room temperature for up to three days.
You can also freeze banana bread. Wrap it tightly in aluminum foil and store it in a freezer bag. It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to six months.
Easy Banana Bread Recipe
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Loaf Pan
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil softened
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 4 Bananas over ripe
- 1/5 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Walnuts chopped, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a loaf pan generously with cooking oil spray
- In a large bowl, use a large wooden spoon and mix canola oil and sugar until it’s a nice creamy texture.
- Beat in the egg, then add vanilla.
- Add bananas to the mixture and mush and mix them using the wooden spoon. If you have a potato masher, that works well too. If using chopped walnuts, stir them in as well.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt
- Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
- Spoon mixture into a loaf pan (standard size is 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″). Fill loaf pan about 2/3 full to the top. This is important as bread will rise during baking and needs some room. If you have extra batter, make an additional loaf or muffins.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Use a toothpick placed into the center of the loaf to check for doneness. If the toothpick comes out clean, the banana bread is ready. If it comes out with batter still on it, bake another 10-15 minutes.
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