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Easy Delicious Banana Bread

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This Easy Delicious Banana Bread recipe is the best recipe ever. With just a few simple ingredients and some overripe bananas, you’ll have moist, flavorful bread you’ll make again and again!

Banana bread with a couple slices cut on a cutting board next to two bananas

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It’s the Murphy’s Law of produce shopping-if I buy three bananas it never fails that my boys go coo-coo and eat them all in a day.  If I buy ten, no one touches them all week and next thing I know they are overripe on the counter.  I’d rather overbuy bananas than underbuy, so when they don’t get eaten it gives me an excuse to make this easy banana bread recipe!

Overripe bananas are also perfect for homemade banana chips or chocolate chip banana bars!

Banana bread with a couple slices cut on a cutting board next to two bananas

The key to the best banana bread results is to start with nice, overripe bananas. Look for bananas with a deep yellow color and brown spots. You can even use bananas that are almost totally brown. The more ripe the bananas, the sweeter they are and the more moist and flavorful your banana bread will be!

Ingredients

Nothing fancy here, if you have the bananas you probably have everything you’ll need already!

  • overripe bananas
  • butter
  • egg
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • baking soda
  • flour
  • salt

Step by step

This recipe couldn’t be easier and it is absolutely fail-proof.

  1. Preheat the oven and grease a bread pan.
  2. Mash bananas in a mixing bowl and add melted butter.
  3. Stir in sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and nuts (if desired) and stir until combined.
  5. Bake for an hour and enjoy!

FAQs

Can you freeze this bread?

Yes! Banana bread freezes very well.
Allow the bread to cool completely then wrap in a layer of plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Keep it up to 6-8 weeks in the freezer. When ready to eat the banana bread, thaw on the counter for 24 hours, then enjoy.

What is the best way to store it?

Exposure to air dries out banana bread so I recommend wrapping it tightly in parchment paper (to prevent sticking) and then plastic wrap and keeping it at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Banana Bread Add-Ins

I love this recipe because you really can’t go wrong making it. It adapts well to add-ins like nuts, chocolate, or peanut butter chips as well. It’s the base for all of my different banana bread variations below.

If you try this recipe please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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sliced loaf of banana bread on cutting board

Easy Delicious Banana Bread


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Description

This easy banana bread recipe is a delicious way to use up overripe bananas!


Ingredients

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  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mash ripe bananas with a potato masher.
  3. Mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add in the sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and nuts last and mix well.
  6. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Notes

For muffins, reduce cooking time to 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1" slice
  • Calories: 276
  • Sugar: 24.3 g
  • Sodium: 168.4 mg
  • Fat: 8.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.9 g
  • Protein: 3.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 43.6 mg

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24 Comments

  1. To make this recipe perfect….. you must add another egg, 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 CUP OF SOUR CREAM!!!!! It’s easy and delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. So delish! Modified just a tad. I used 1/4 cup butter and my egg was from a duck. All else was spot on. Muy bueno!






  3. SO delicious and easy! My 9 year old son and I made these together and he thought they were the best muffins he has ever tasted! I would say that’s a mom win






      1. I’m wondering this too. she replied to compliments but not the most important question. I’ve never made banana bread before so I’m not going to wing it. will find another recipe.

        1. The recipe states to bake it at 350 degrees, I’m not understanding what the question is?

  4. Literally the best banana bread recipe I have ever made thanks to you! O…M…G… you are an angel. Using this one for years to come. Thank you.






  5. Made this today! Love it! Used 1/2 cup of mini semi sweet chocolates, can’t out amazing!!
    Thanks for sharing






  6. Every year I make banana bread and I use a different recipe. This year I tried your recipe and it was so simple and tastes great that I will have to print this out and use it forever. Thank you.

    1. You don’t know how happy that comment made me! Thanks so much for taking the time to try my recipe and letting me know how you liked it-seriously I love hearing it! Take care! ~Melissa

  7. This banana bread looks so yummy! We appreciate you linking up with us!! It’s so fun to see all of the great ideas and recipes! We hope to see you back again soon! -The Sisters

  8. Banana Nut Breadis one of my favorites. Yours looks delicious. I got some over ripe bananas the other day in hopes of making some. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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