Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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!

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!

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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, erythritol.

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.

Banana Bread Variations

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, erythritol.

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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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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!

Easy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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Servings: 12

Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 60

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Calculated Per Serving  |  Calories: 100  |  Fat: 3 grams  |  Sodium:  1mg

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