Banana Bread

Banana Bread ~ This will be the best banana bread you will ever eat.

There are so many banana bread recipes {and it seems like everyone has their own favorite} that I was reluctant to publish this one. But I have people tell me all the time that this is the best banana bread they have ever tasted and then they ask me for the recipe.  I make a loaf every two weeks and take a half loaf each week for snack time in the nursery at our church where I am the nursery leader.  And even the little kids love it.  So it must be good, right?

Banana Bread ~ This will be the best banana bread you will ever eat.

Recipe notes ~ To make this recipe and have it turn out the way I make it the bananas must be frozen prior to making the banana bread. Believe me, it makes a difference in the flavor and texture of the bread. :: Because I make this bread so often, whenever I buy bananas I buy a few extra with the intention of freezing them. :: When a banana is over-ripened and the skin is speckled brown, I peel the banana and place it in a gallon-size zip lock bag.  And I just keep adding bananas to the bag as they over-ripen.  Then when I’m ready to make bread I remove four bananas {sometimes they are frozen together and I just tap the bag on the counter to break them up} and place them in a bowl to thaw.  Then I pour the bananas and liquid into the batter when I’m mixing it up. :: I often make this with honey and freshly ground wheat flour and it’s very delicious, too.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar {or 1/2 - 1 cup honey}
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 frozen bananas, thawed
  • all of the liquid from the bananas when they thaw
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour {or wheat flour}
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • nuts or chocolate chips, optional

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottom of a 9x5x3 loaf pan.
  3. In a bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the sugar and butter.
  4. Stir in the eggs until blended.
  5. Add the bananas and liquid; beat for about 30 seconds.
  6. Add in the baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and then the flour. Mix just until moistened.
  7. Add nuts and/or chocolate chips, if using.
  8. Pour into the loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes, then place a foil tent over the bread and bake for 5-10 minutes longer until the center is cooked and an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.
  10. After removing from the oven, allow to cool {most directions say around 10 minutes} and then remove from pan and place it on a cooling rack. {I always let the bread almost completely cool in the pan because if I don't it breaks apart on the bottom. I think it might just be because of the pans I have.}
  11. Cool before slicing.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/banana-bread/

Banana Bread ~ This will be the best banana bread you will ever eat.This is my favorite way of eating it ~ slathered with butter.

Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe you could share with me?  If you do, I would love to make it and feature it here on my blog.

Recipe source:  adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook, 1978 edition.

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27 Responses to Banana Bread

  1. *Cara May 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    fresh, warm, homemade banana bread slathered with butter is my ultimate diet sin!!!

    • Lori May 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      Ahha. Now I know how to get to you. Warm banana bread and soft chewy gooey caramel corn. McCall, this summer ~ we better lose a few pounds before then.

  2. Leilani May 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    It’s always interesting to see what different ingredients are used for this recipe. I think I prefer the ones made with butter to the ones made with oil. This one looks pure and simple and delicious. 🙂

    • Lori May 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

      I’m with you, Leilani. I much prefer butter ~ for it’s health benefits as well as the taste.

  3. Heather @ French Press May 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    we love banana bread, but I’ve never tried it with frozen bananas, your loaf looks wonderful

    • Lori May 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Give it a try, Heather. The frozen bananas seal the deal. I’ve tried it both ways {the actual recipe just says to use ripe bananas} but it is sooo much better made with frozen, then thawed, bananas.

  4. Anyonita May 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Oh, banana bread is one of my favorites! 🙂 I love it with chocolate chips & walnuts in! I followed you here from the Tempt My Tummy link party, by the way! Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/tasty-tuesdays-11-10-incredible-comfort-food-recipes.html

    • Lori May 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Hi Anyonita, I love it with chocolate chips, too. Especially the mini choc chips, but my hubby doesn’t like chocolate so I usually leave it out. Thanks for stopping by. And thanks for the invite. I’ll come on over.

  5. GlamorousMommy May 23, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve been in the search for a good one! I’ll be making some this weekend 🙂

    Fotini

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

      I just made some again today. Let me know how your’s turns out.

  6. Rachel McGrath May 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Oh that looks sooo moist! X

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      It’s very moist and oh, so yummy.

  7. Diane May 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Looks delicious! Thank you for linking up at Family Fun Friday at HappyAndBlessedHome.com! Have a wonderful day!

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      Thank you, Diane, for hosting your link party.

  8. andi winslow May 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Yummy, never used frozen banana’s. Andi

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      Try them frozen, Andi, and let me know what you think.

  9. Emily May 25, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    I love banana bread! Such a great way to use up those old bananas too! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted an amazing round-up from last weeks party… stop on over and check it out!

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      You’re welcome, Emily, and a big thanks to you for hosting your link party. I’ll pop on over to see your round-up.

  10. Anyonita May 28, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Oh, banana bread is my favorite. Hands down. 😉 Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

    • Lori May 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      You’re welcome, Anyonita. Thank you for hosting. Banana bread is a favorite quick bread of mine, too. Have a glorious day.

  11. Sheryll June 7, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    Just want to make clear, i need to freeze the banana whole and then thaw it then mash it for baking. Did i get that right?

    • Lori June 7, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      Hi Sheryll,

      Yes, freeze the bananas whole {peeled} and then thaw them in a large bowl. There’s no need to mash them, though. They will be mushy when thawed so just add them to your batter and mix them in. Let me know how it works for you and how you like it. I’ve already received some feedback of “love it” and “the best.”

  12. Michelle August 2, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Wow, your loaf looks like utter perfection!!

    • Lori August 2, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks, Michelle. I think it’s the best. I hope you will, too.:)

  13. Ehsan August 2, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    Since this recipe calls for butter, do I use regular salted butter or unsalted butter?

    Thanks! Looks delicious, will be trying within a day or two, I need to freeze those bananas!

    • Lori August 2, 2013 at 11:02 am #

      Hi Ehsan. I use salted butter because that’s what I buy and use on a daily basis. You could probably use unsalted ~ just taste the batter and add a bit more salt if needed. Good luck. Let me know how you like it.

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