This easy banana bread recipe is not only quick and easy to make but it makes the most delicious and moist banana bread you will ever try. Don’t believe me, give it a try!
If you love baking and trying new recipes, then this banana bread recipe is a must.
There something about home baked banana bread that is hard to put into words. Not only does it taste so much better than the shop bought but the aroma it gives is heavenly.
If you love baking like I do then you will love this recipe. Baking at home is so rewarding, seeing ingredients come together to create something absolutely amazing.
Plus, when you bake you own goods, you know exactly what ingredients are in it, which is important nowadays with so many “extra” ingredients in food.
If you bake ones in a blue moon or you tend to bake often, this recipe is for you, it’s simple, quick and absolutely delightful.
Out of all my recipes I use, this one has to be one of my favorites, mainly because Terri (wife) introduced me to this recipe when we first met. So, this recipe holds a lot of good memories and I hope it can do the same for you.
Why Should You Try This Recipe?
Not only does it make the most delicious banana bread you ever tried but it opens up a new doors to new recipes that you can make in your bread tin.
- This banana bread fits nicely into a 2lb bread tin.
- Doesn’t cost much to bake.
- Super easy recipe for the classic banana bread with a hint of cinnamon.
- This recipe makes banana bread that will stay moist for days.
- Your home will smell amazing!
- A good recipe to give your bread tin some oven time lol.
- Good recipe to use up any ripen bananas.
Tips On Making The Best Banana Bread?
- Add walnuts or pecans to your banana bread, they will enhance the flavors and texture of the banana bread. To do this, just crush a handful of walnuts or pecans and add them after you add the eggs.
- Keep in mind, the riper the bananas the easier it will be to mix the batter. Using ripe bananas will give the banana bread a strong sweet banana taste which you will not get if you use bananas that are not ripe.
- Adding a layer of icing sugar to the your banana bread will completely enhance the flavors. You will be surprise how much of a difference it will make to the flavor. If you decide to add walnuts or pecans to your banana bread, then you can also sprinkle some crushed walnuts or pecans on top of the icing. Literally “the icing on the cake”. Yum!
- If you want to take the above tip to the next level then instead of icing sugar use cream cheese frosting instead. Trust me it’s worth the extra work! Cream cheese frosting isn’t only amazing on homemade cinnamon rolls but also on banana bread.
- You can also add chocolate chips to this banana bread recipe. If you love chocolate like I do, then you must try banana bread with chocolate chips. It’s soooo good.
- For this recipe you can also use frozen bananas instead. They works just as well. Just make sure they are completely thawed before adding them to the recipe.
- Before you put your banana bread into the oven, make sure, you given your oven enough time to preheat. Otherwise, you risk the banana becoming heavy and dense. I find using an oven thermometer helps with this.
- Save time and bake two banana breads at the same time.
What Can You Spread On Banana Bread?
The great thing about this recipe is that the banana bread it makes tastes amazing even without any spread however if you are looking to take the flavors to the next level then here are a few options you can try.
You can’t go wrong with this. I must be honest, this is my weakness. Ok, it’s not the healthiest but it sure is the tastiest. I sometimes like to grill one side of my banana bread and spread some margarine. Grilled banana bread is a must try!
Why is everything that is not good for you, sooo yummy! it’s just not fair.
Chocolate spread on some warm banana bread is what I call magical. A local shop that’s nearby sells their own homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread. No joke, it’s the best thing in the world! Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked again. lol
If you have never tried chocolate spread, I definitely recommend it.
Cream Cheese Frosting
If you have any left-over cream cheese frosting then you’re in for a treat. This too tastes fantastic on some banana bread.
Whichever spread you decide to use, you just need a little bit, otherwise it will overwhelm the flavor of your banana bread.
How To Store Your Banana Bread?
Never store your banana bread in the refrigerator or it will lose it’s moisture and become very dry and crumbly.
When it comes to storing your banana bread, follow the below steps and you will be fine.
- Rule of thumb: Always make sure your banana bread has completely cooled down, if you just baked it. If it’s warm let it rest on a wire rack.
- Once cool, place your banana bread in an airtight container and store the container on the counter at room temperature.
- If you don’t have a container large enough, then just put your banana bread on a dinner plate and wrap the plate with some saran wrap. Make sure each time you take a slice out you reseal it properly.
How Long Can Banana Bread Stay Fresh?
This recipe will make banana bread that will stay fresh up to 3-4 days, if it lasts that long. lol
Can You Freeze Banana Bread?
Banana bread is freezer friendly. Which makes this recipe even better. So, if you plan to bake your banana bread in bulk then rest assure, you can store it in the freezer.
How To Freeze Banana Bread?
- Make sure the banana bread has completely cooled down.
- If warm use a wire rack.
- Wrap the banana bread with some saran wrap and place it into an airtight container and freeze.
How To Thaw Banana Bread?
Best way to thaw a banana bread is at room temperature. Remove the saran wrap and place it on a dinner plate with some paper towel and wait about 45 mins to thaw and enjoy!
You can also thaw it in the microwave but I prefer to let it rest at room temperature on the kitchen counter.
Tips For Freezing Banana Bread
Sliced Banana Bread
Slice the banana bread into slices before you freeze it. It is much quicker to thaw a few slices instead of the whole banana bread. This way you can take out exactly how much you need.
The sooner you freeze your banana bread the more moisture it will keep. I put mine in the freezer as soon as it has cooled down. Oh yeah, I usually bake two at a time, one that stays out and one for the freezer.
Use Saran Wrap
Before you put it into an airtight container, wrap it with some saran wrap. It gives it an extra layer of protection from the “freezer smell” the last thing you want your banana bread is to taste like is the freezer.
Why Is My Banana Bread Dry?
After all your hard work, the last thing you want is for your banana bread to be dry instead of being moist.
Too much flour and not enough bananas. If you use too much flour it can make your banana bread become dry. For this reason, it is important to get the ratio between the flour and bananas correct for the ultimate moist banana bread.
Keep in mind the size of the bananas you use. If they are small, then use an extra banana.
Is Banana Bread Healthy?
I’m not a medical expert in anyway, but I would say no, it’s not healthy. Ok it may contain bananas (fruit) but the recipe still uses sugar and butter. Sorry!
Is Banana Bread Supposed To Rise?
Banana bread does not rise the way bread rises before baking, it will rise in the oven while baking. This is what makes this recipe so quick and easy. The batter is more cake-y texture than bread dough.
Banana bread does not rise before going into the oven because it uses baking powder and not yeast.
Why Did My Banana Bread Not Rise?
If you find that your banana bread did not rise or it collapsed in the oven it is likely because you did not use enough baking powder in proportion to the other ingredients.
Once you have tried this EASY BANANA BREAD RECIPE please let us know in the comments how you got on.
- 4 ripe bananas
- 100 g sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 medium egg
- 76 g melted butter
- 40 g crushed walnuts
- 80 ml milk
- 128 g all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven at 350°F / 177°C / Gas Mark 4
- Mash the bananas.
- Add sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, egg and butter to the mashed bananas.
- Add walnuts, milk and mix well.
- Add all-purpose flour (sieve first) and baking powder to the ingredients and mix together.
- Grease a 2lb bread tin with butter and pour in the batter.
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes on the third shelf from the bottom. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven. Insert toothpick in the center, if clear then it is cooked. Let it cool down before removing from tin.
- cooking time may vary depending on your oven.
- nutrition facts are a rough estimate.