December 22, 2020| By

The Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
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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.

While you're here, take a look at this Chocolate Banana Bread!

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the most delicious banana bread you'll ever make!

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!

loaf sliced with a banana and cups behind it

when I say that this banana bread is super easy, I mean it!

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!

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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.

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what makes this banana bread the best?!

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.

other banana bread ingredients

  • Chocolate Chips. If you want a loaf of even more sweet banana bread, or you just simply love chocolate, try adding this to your recipe.
  • Yogurt. If the moisture from this banana bread wasn’t enough for you, try adding some yogurt! If you don’t have any plain yogurt with you, sour cream is also a good substitute.
  • Almonds or Walnuts. Crush together a few of these to give the banana bread more texture when you bite into it.

how to freeze 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!

  • Allow the banana bread to cool completely then firmly wrap in 2-3 layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You can do so individually or as a whole.
  • Place the wrapped banana bread inside a freezer-friendly storage bag or container.
  • This will last until 3-4 months if wrapped properly. 

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recipe modifications?

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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The Best Banana Bread

This easy and delicious banana bread is the best banana bread recipe ever! It's soft, tender, and full of delicious warm spices that make this banana bread recipe stand out!
Serving: 9 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Calories: 330kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 very ripe Bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsps salted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel bananas and mash in a large bowl. Add eggs, brown sugar, sugar, melted butter, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix together.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Whisk until combined. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until full incorporated.
  • Coat/Spray a loaf pan with oil and add batter. (Optional) Cut a banana lengthwise and place on top of banana bread batter in the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    We had a load of ripe bananas perfect for this recipe today, so I baked this for the kids. I almost followed the recipe exactly, but I swapped cardamom in for the cloves (just my preference in the summer). It makes a big loaf, I baked it in a 9” pan and it extended over the top. I have a slow oven and needed to drop the temp to 325F after 60 minutes for an additional 30 minutes for a perfectly golden top and tender center. I let it cool just like Britney said and it sliced up beautifully. The kids are gobbling it down!

  2. I never saw in the directions when to add the baking powder and baking soda. I added them into the flour bowl. Seemed a little dry to me.

  3. 5 stars
    this is my new favorite banana bread. ive never had a bread so soft and moist. it was easy to make too, ive been having this for breakfast with coffee and it's incredible.

  4. 5 stars
    This bread is so delicious. I love the spices that you used here, it made the bread so tasty. Also the addition of a touch of clove was genius. We just love your recipes. Thank you for this! Thanks

    • Yes! You can omit the eggs and substitute them for applesauce, a 1/2 cup for this recipe. I hope that this helps!

  5. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! It was more solid than a banana bread made with oil, which I appreciated! Added some mini chocolate chips on top. Next time will add in some chopped nuts as well!