This easy and delicious banana bread is the best recipe that you’ll come across! It's soft, tender, and full of appetizing warm spices that will make it stand out and become a crowd favorite in no time.
The craze for banana bread and banana muffins is so overpowering! I wanted to jump on the bandwagon and make my version of the famous bread recipe. Although it's taken some time, I finally perfected it and it's SO good! There are various types of banana bread and it can get complicated if you’re new to baking so I just wanted to keep it simple.
This recipe calls for a SUPER tender banana bread that is perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The crumb is very moist and only gets better with time! You don’t need to spend too much time making this because it will only take an hour to bake.
The best types of bananas to use for this recipe are the ones that are super ripe and soft so don’t throw them away just yet. They make the perfect banana bread because they're full of sugar and moisture. This ensures that the banana bread will be overflowing with the beautiful flavors that we all love!
All you have to do is to mash up the bananas in a large bowl. Combine both the dry ingredients and wet ingredients, adding the add eggs, ¾ cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of sugar, melted butter, oil, vanilla extract, and baking powder to the mixture and then blending them.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan with all the ingredients and bake! The process is so easy and won’t take up too much time on your end. However, as we all know, everyone's oven is different so be sure to poke the bread with a toothpick before removing it from the oven.
Because this bread is so tender, it holds a lot of moisture. Make sure that this is fully baked before removing it from the oven, or else it'll fall apart. It's also key that you allow this to cool completely at room temperature for 30 minutes before cutting! I promise it's SO worth the wait.
All of this buttery, spiced, banana goodness will wow your tastebuds! Also, major key - this easy banana bread recipe makes an AMAZING french toast.
We cut this up and made the most delicious banana french toast I've ever had. Thank me later!
What is it about 2020 that made this bread so popular? I think that the pandemic has a lot to do with it. Think about it - how many times have you purchased bananas and had those last two of the bunch that became overripe? A LOT! Well, at least for me.
When I eat bananas, I like them to be JUST turning yellow. I don't like them when they're too sweet. That's why I love making this recipe because it allows me to use bananas that I would never eat otherwise.
Anyway, I think that banana bread became so popular for this reason - no one wanted to waste food in 2020. When the supermarkets were bare in certain places and food became a bit scarce and the future was unpredictable, I think that a mental shift occurred.
The things that we took for granted became things that we appreciated the most. Things like seeing flour yeast for the first time in weeks after a long shortage were awesome! But also the more important things like signing into work after so many people had been laid off or a hug from your loved ones.. the things we take for granted easily became the most valuable.
The texture. The presentation. And most importantly?! The taste! This banana bread is SO incredibly tender and moist it's insane. I made a maple butter to go with this and it was amazing.
(Let me know in the comments if you'd like the recipe for the butter too!) But this bread is spiced with a little nutmeg and cinnamon. It also has a little vanilla extract to bring out those warm flavors. The mashed ripe bananas truly ensure that this bread gives you all of the banana flavors that you adore about banana bread.
If you find yourself with plenty of leftover banana bread and wondering if you’ll be able to preserve it, just follow these few steps!
If you'd like to make this recipe dairy-free/vegan, feel free to use any alternative butter. This recipe doesn't contain milk so no worries there! For egg substitutes, you can use ¼ cup applesauce per egg. (for this recipe, use ½ cup).
If you'd like to make this gluten-free, sub out the all-purpose flour for any gluten-free flour of your choice!
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