Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Author: Amanda Ilkov | Published: May 5, 2020 | Updated: December 3, 2020

My easy banana bread recipe is a family favourite. It only takes a few minutes to throw together, and the ingredients are all basic kitchen staples – you probably have them on hand right now! In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make this classic quick bread for your own family.

Do you have a recipe you make so often you have it memorized? For me, this is it. It was one of the first things I learned to bake, and I’ve probably been making it once a month or more for the past 15 years.

Next time a few bananas start to turn soft and brown, don’t toss them out. Grab this recipe and get ready to whip up a quick banana loaf!

Banana bread great any time, but I especial love to make it on lazy weekend mornings. The smell of baking is so yummy, and it fills up the whole house. After it cools, we sit down and have a cup of really good coffee, with a warm slice of

Banana bread is a classic treat. The no fuss recipe makes it ideal for introducing little ones to baking. It’s super easy to make and virtually everyone loves it. (Honestly, I can’t think of anyone who would turn down a slice!)

Although it’s amazing warm out of the oven (I love it with a pat of butter – yum!), a freshly made loaf keeps for at least a few days (as long as it’s wrapped!) on the counter. If you like to bake ahead, you can also freeze it, and let it thaw on the counter overnight. The finished banana bread loaf is sturdy and travels well, so it’s easy to take to a friends house, or to pack a slice in school lunches.

Be careful leaving it out though! Around our house, a whole loaf has been known to disappear over the course of a day or two!

    Definition of Banana Bread


  • Definition of Banana Bread

    Banana bread is a type of bread that is made with mashed fully ripe bananas. It is often a moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread; however, there are some banana bread recipes that are traditional-style yeast breads.

    The History of Banana Bread


  • History of Banana Bread

    Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s.

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    Varieties of Banana Bread


  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    If you’re looking for something a little bit sweeter, give your banana bread a bit of a chocolate kick!

    Add 1/2 – 1 cup of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks to the batter before pouring it into the bread pan.

  • Banana Nut Bread

    Feel like going totally nuts? Try adding up to 1 cup of your favourite nut to the banana bread batter. Walnuts are yummy and probably the most common, but you can also try almonds, hazelnuts, pecans or really, any type you like! Bonus: they’ll add more protein to your loaf.

    Just fold up to 1 cup of coarsely chopped nuts into the batter before you pour it into the bread pan.

  • Whole Wheat Banana Bread

    Swapping the all purpose flour for whole wheat flour adds fibre and nutrition to your banana bread. This is a great option if you’re planning to eat this for breakfast!

    Just remember that with whole wheat banana bread, you’ll get a denser, heavier loaf. It still tastes great, it’s just not as fluffy as usual.

    You can get the best of both worlds by using 1/2 all purpose flour, and 1/2 whole wheat flour.

  • Sugar Free Banana Bread

    This recipe doesn’t use a ton of sugar, but sometimes you want to go completely sugar free. You can swap the 1/2 cup of brown sugar for honey, maple syrup or my favourite sugar free sweetener, allulose.

    If you’re watching your sugar intake, just remember there is still natural sugar in the bananas!

  • Banana Bread Muffins

    Instead of baking this batter in a loaf pan, you can turn them into muffins by baking them in a muffin pan! Be sure to adjust the baking time for the smaller pan size.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes for 2 inch, standard sized muffins.

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    Step by Step Instructions


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    Mash the Bananas

    Peel bananas and place the fruit in your mixing bowl. Thoroughly mash bananas with a fork or mixing spoon.

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    Combine Wet Ingredients

    Add softened butter, eggs and vanilla extract to the mashed bananas. Beat all of the ingredients together with the mixing spoon.

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    Add Dry Ingredients

    Add flour and brown sugar to the mixing bowl of wet ingredients. Sprinkle baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg (if you're using nutmeg) over the top. Gently stir ingredients together until just combined into a batter.

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    Fold in Extras (Optional)

    Fold in up to a cup of walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips (totally optional - only if you like).

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Servings12slices
Prep Time10Minutes
Cook Time60Minutes

My easy banana bread recipe is a family favourite. It only takes a few minutes to throw together, and the ingredients are all basic kitchen staples – you probably have them on hand right now! In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make this classic quick bread for your own family.

Ingredients

  • 3 lrg Bananas (very ripe)
  • ½ cup Butter (softened)
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 2 lrg Eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Optional Extras

  • 1 tsp Nutmeg (ground)
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 cup Raisins

Directions

    Step by Step Instructions

  • Mash the Bananas
    Peel bananas and place the fruit in your mixing bowl. Thoroughly mash bananas with a fork or mixing spoon.
  • Combine Wet Ingredients
    Add softened butter, eggs and vanilla extract to the mashed bananas. Beat all of the ingredients together with the mixing spoon.
  • Add Dry Ingredients
    Add flour and brown sugar to the mixing bowl of wet ingredients. Sprinkle baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg (if you're using nutmeg) over the top. Gently stir ingredients together until just combined into a batter.
  • Fold in Extras (Optional)
    Fold in up to a cup of walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips (totally optional - only if you like).

Ingredients

  • 3 lrg Bananas (very ripe)
  • 115 g Butter (softened)
  • 200 g Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 2 lrg Eggs
  • 220 g All Purpose Flour
  • 6 g Baking Powder
  • 10 ml Vanilla Extract
  • 3 g Cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Optional Extras

  • 3 g Nutmeg (ground)
  • 175 g Chocolate Chips
  • 125 g Chopped Walnuts
  • 160 g Raisins

Directions

    Step by Step Instructions

  • Mash the Bananas
    Peel bananas and place the fruit in your mixing bowl. Thoroughly mash bananas with a fork or mixing spoon.
  • Combine Wet Ingredients
    Add softened butter, eggs and vanilla extract to the mashed bananas. Beat all of the ingredients together with the mixing spoon.
  • Add Dry Ingredients
    Add flour and brown sugar to the mixing bowl of wet ingredients. Sprinkle baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg (if you're using nutmeg) over the top. Gently stir ingredients together until just combined into a batter.
  • Fold in Extras (Optional)
    Fold in up to a cup of walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips (totally optional - only if you like).

Warnings

  • Do Not Over Mix the Loaf Batter!
    Over mixing the batter can give the finished bread a tough, dry texture.

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