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Best Banana Bread

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you’ll ever need!

Read on for my secret to the moistest and flavorful banana bread.

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you'll ever need! Read on for my secret to the moistest and flavorful banana bread.

First of, a quick disclaimer. I try to stay away from claiming any of my recipes the best of the best. Honestly, there can be many variations of THE BEST of anything, right?

Well anyway, this basic banana bread recipe is the best though! Moist and tender, flavorful and nutty! It’s been our family favorite for quite a while now.

The ingredients are super simple. Just sugar, butter, flour, egg, you know, the basics. And you don’t even need a mixer for this recipe, just good ol’ wooden spoon will do here.

So what makes this basic banana bread recipe so special?
Now, the secret to the moistest banana bread is frozen bananas. Of course, every banana bread recipe calls for over-ripe banana, and while it’s definitely key, I find frozen over-ripe bananas turns already good banana bread into i-can’t-stop-eating-kind of banana bread!

Why?

Because defrosted bananas get super mushy and liquidy, and all that flavorful liquid is gold! It makes the bread moist and flavorful.

So, here’s how I deal with frozen bananas.

Ideally, you want to peel and freeze your bananas, when they get dark spots all over. And when you get the craving, they’re ready to go. However, that never happens around here. It seems like those bananas ripen at most inconveniently busy times (read: lazy times) that I simply throw them into the freezer, peels and all! So whenever I’m in banana bread mood, I take those frozen bananas out and hold it under hot tap water to soften a bit, and then peel them and put them in a microwave safe bowl and zip it in a microwave until they’re completely defrosted and practically liquid. Sounds like a lot of work? Nah, it’s not really that bad, and for that amazing banana bread, you won’t even mind it!

Did I mention you don’t need a mixer for this?

Basic Banana Bread Recipe, step by step

Get your bowl and wooden spoon out! Let’s get baking!

Also, this’s just a basic banana bread recipe, which means you get to customize it to your own liking. Chocolate chips or chopped chocolates, dried fruits, different nuts, whatever your heart desires! As you can imagine, I often add chocolate in mine.

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you'll ever need! Read on for my secret to the moistest and flavorful banana bread.

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading.

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Best Banana Bread

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you’ll ever need!

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time:10 min

Cook Time:60 min

Total Time:70 min

Ingredients:

  • 8 frozen bananas, defrosted
  • 1 ½ cups (300gr) sugar
  • ½ cup (115gr) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups (375gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1- 1 ½ cups (120-180gr) chopped pecans, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Prepare two 9×5-inch bread pan and spray with non-sticl spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the defrosted bananas with fork or potato masher.
  4. Add sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract, and mix everything until combined.
  5. Stir in eggs.
  6. Then add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix to combine.
  7. Add pecans and/or other add-ins, like chocolate chips, dried fruits.
  8. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely before serving.
  11. Keep the banana bread in the bread pan, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to 3 days.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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This post was originally published on February 13th, 2013.

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you'll ever need! Read on for my secret to the moistest and flavorful banana bread.

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44 comments

  1. I have tried following your recipe twice but both times they came out really dry. I am not sure what went wrong. I guess we need to add more butter or perhaps buttermilk?

    Rating: 2
    • Hi, Jay. Sorry to hear, yours didn’t turn out well. I’m actually surprised that yours turn out dry, I’ve never had that happen to me. How are you measuring your flour?

  2. This is my go to recipe for the BEST banana bread!  I love this recipe!!!

    Rating: 5
  3. why do you freeze the Bananas? What does it do you you? I have “ripe” bananas I was going to use.

    • Hi, David. I throw my ripe bananas straight to the freezer, because I never seem to be up for baking when they’re on the verge of going bad. Also I feel like thawed bananas yield moister banana bread.

  4. This sounds amazing, can’t wait to make it.  I keep mashed bananas in the freezer in 1 cup measurements.  How much do you think 1 banana equals?

    • Oh boy, I personally don’t know. But I just googled it to see if I can find an answer, and found this. Looks like there are 3 bananas in 1 cup. So I think you could go with 3 cups of mashed bananas.

  5. This was my first time making banana bread. It came out so good!!!!! I added chocolate chips and walnuts. Thanks for posting this awesome recipe. And I took someone’s advice with defrosting the bananas in the microwave whole, I peeled them like peanuts, it was easy!

  6. I just made them as cupcakes and omg they r sooo good thx a lot for the recipe. My son loved them a lot I used less sugar and added chocolate chips and a little flax meal. My question is can I freeze them? Thx

  7. Thx for the recipe. Will try it tomorrow but was wondering if i can make it a bit healthier for my toddlers, also trying to cut down on sugar. Do u think using a little honey or grade a maple syrup might work? Which and how? Not trying to change the recipe just wondering if it can be made in a kid friendly way. Will follow the recipe for my own loaf 😉. Thx a lot

    • Hi, Sally. I wouldn’t recommend replacing sugar with honey or maple syrup, because you won’t get the same texture. If you really want to cut down on sugar you may reduce it by 1/2 cup, but I don’t know how it’ll affect the taste and texture of the final bread.

  8. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe i tried last weekend and it was successful everybody liked and were eaten so quick. i will write down this recipe to my recipe notebook.

  9. Why does the banana bread have to be kept in the pan and fridge? I understand it’ll go bad quickly, as most home baked goods do, but is it not stable enough to keep in Tupperware?
    Thanks. Trying today!

    • Hi, Gidgette. I feel like the bread stays moist and fresh longer, when kept in the pan. Less area is exposed to air, I guess. But storing in a tupperware is cool too, especially if you’ll eat it quickly.

  10. I have frozen bananas for banana bread for years, and I’m one step lazier than you are. I simply freeze them peels on, then defrost them in a bowl in the microwave still in their peels.  Once defrosted I snip off one end with kitchen shears and squeeze the banana and all that good juice right out of its peel.   So easy, no mess and no peeling.
    I agree, frozen bananas make the best bread!!

    • Oh how interesting! It never occurred to me to microwave them with peels on! But it makes sense. Totally trying that next time. Thanks for sharing, Denise!

  11. The recipe says to add sugar, butter, eggs & vanilla. Then stir in eggs. When do we add the eggs?

  12. I never would have thought to use frozen banana,but we always have a few in the freezer, so I am making this loaf asap

  13. I always have frozen bananas in the fridge!! I think I may have just found banana bread nirvana!

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