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!
the most delicious banana bread you'll ever make!
We all know that 2020 has been the year of banana bread! It wouldn't be fair if I didn't at least contribute to the craze. Although it's taken some time, I finally perfected this recipe and it's SO good! There are SO many types of banana breads, I just wanted to keep it simple. This banana bread is SUPER tender, perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and so tasty. The crumb is very moist and only gets better with time! In addition, it's really simple to make and takes about an hour to bake and then you're done!
The best types of bananas to use for this recipe are the ones that are super ripe and soft. Don't throw them away! They make the perfect banana bread because they're full of sugar and moisture. This ensures that the banana bread is super moist, tender, and full of that beautiful banana flavors that we all love!
when I say that this recipe is super easy, I mean it!
So when I tell you that this recipe is super easy, I mean it! You simply mash up the bananas and then add the remainder of the wet ingredients to the bananas and mix well. Then in a separate bowl, you whisk together you dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, add to a loaf pan and bake! So simple! I baked this for an hour. However, as we all know, everyone's oven is different so be sure to poke the bread with a toothpick prior to removing from the oven.
Because this bread is so tender, it holds a lot of moisture. So, it's important to ensure that this is fully baked prior to removing from the oven, or else it'll fall apart. It's also key that you allow this to cool 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 bread makes an AMAZING french toast. We cut this up and make the most delicious banana french toast I've ever had. Thank me later! lol
What is it about 2020 that made this bread so popular?
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. lol 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 the 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 was 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.
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 if the comments if you'd like the recipe for the butter too!) But this bread is spiced with a little nutmeg and cinnamon.. and it has a little vanilla extract to bring out those warm flavors. Also! The mashed ripe bananas truly ensure that this bread gives you all of the banana flavors that you adore about banana bread.
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! If you'd like to make this gluten free, sub out the all purpose flour for any gluten free flour of your choice! Also, I have an AMAZING gluten free banana bread recipe from earlier this year, check it out! It's topped with toasted almonds too, for added deliciousness! 🙂