I love this banana bread recipe. Sometimes I try to keep everyone from eating all the bananas so a few can get overly ripe to make it.
It’s a classic kitchen scene. The week is drawing to a close and most of the produce has been consumed, even though you’re still a couple of days from grocery shopping day. But on the counter, there they are. A few bananas piled together. Their once greenish yellow skin now aging to brown. If your kids are anything like mine, they won’t touch the banana after it has reached a specific yellow to brown ratio on the peel. But you hate to waste them. Of course there’s always one thing you can do: Banana bread!
Tips from the Pros
As with all baking, there are a few things that can get in the way of a successful loaf of banana bread. The first thing to avoid is cooking the bread on too high a temperature. Lower temps mean longer baking time, but it also means the inside is done at the same time as the outside of the bread. If you find your banana bread is overdone on the outside and underdone in the middle, try lowering the baking temperature by a few degrees.
Another tip is about how to grease the pan. Some people favor the grease and flour technique. This works well. But you can also use a baking specific spray like Pam with Flour or Baker’s Joy. A regular canola oil cooking spray will not be enough to keep the bread from sticking to the pan.
More Bread Recipes To Try
If you like this yummy banana bread, here are a few more bread recipes to try:
- Chocolate Banana Bread is moist, easy and contains a secret ingredient… Brownie Mix!
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is the quintessential flavor of fall. Fill your home with the delicious aroma of fall spices.
- Mom’s Zucchini Bread is a no-fail recipe and the perfect way to use up extra zucchini, whether from your garden or your neighbors’.
- Coconut Almond Bread has a moist, coconutty bread with a hint of almond. It’s perfect for breakfast, or for a sweet treat.
- Irish Soda Bread is the perfect complement to your St. Patty’s Day meal.
How To Make Banana Bread
- Mix together everything but the flour and bananas until smooth. Slowly blend in flour, then add the bananas (and walnuts if you are using them). You can mix in the bananas as much or as little as you like, depending on if you want chunks of banana or just the banana flavor. Spray a regular size bread pan and fill with batter. Bake at 325 for 60 minutes. You want to be able to put a knife in the middle and have it come out clean.