Are you looking for a recipe that is delicious, easy to make, and will use the overripe, spotted bunch of bananas sitting on your kitchen counter?
If so, you’ll love this simple, classic banana bread recipe. Banana bread is a versatile treat to bake: a fresh slice of banana bread is perfect for breakfast, a quick snack on-the-go, or a delectable dessert.
The best part about this recipe? It’s so easy to make and requires minimal clean-up. You’ll only need one bowl, a loaf pan, measuring utensils, and a wooden spoon.
Don’t let your overripe bananas go to waste—here’s how to turn them into flavorful, mouthwatering banana bread that your whole family will love!
What You’ll Love About this Easy Banana Bread Recipe
- Versatile recipe—perfect for a satisfying breakfast, mid-day snack, or delicious dessert.
- Uses only ten ingredients—aside from the bananas, the ingredients are all pantry or refrigerator staples.
- Easy to make—this banana bread recipe only requires one bowl, a loaf pan, measuring utensils, and a wooden spoon.
About the Ingredients
Ripe bananas are the key ingredient for delicious banana bread—ensure that your bananas are overripe to achieve the perfect flavor, texture, and sweetness.
Melted Unsalted Butter
Melted butter adds moisture and flavor to your banana bread.
Egg & Vanilla Extract
Egg works to bind your banana bread together, and pure vanilla extract adds delicious flavor.
Flour adds structure to your banana bread. Using too much flour can result in dry bread, so be sure to measure carefully. Although we recommend all-purpose flour, you can also use:
- Cake flour for lighter bread.
- Whole-wheat flour for denser bread.
- Gluten-free flour for an allergy-friendly substitute.
Baking Soda & Baking Powder
Baking soda and baking powder help your banana bread rise—using an equal amount of each gives your banana bread the ideal amount of lift.
Brown sugar enhances the moist texture of your banana bread and adds a rich sweetness.
Cinnamon & Salt
Cinnamon gives your banana bread a warm, spicy flavor, and salt works to balance out the bread’s sweetness.
Fun Mix-Ins and Toppings
Banana bread is an excellent base that tastes greats with mix-ins or toppings. Here are some of the best mix-ins and toppings that we suggest for this recipe!
Nuts: Add pecans or walnuts to add a savory crunch to your sweet banana bread. If you’re feeling creative, you can give almonds, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts a try, too!
Chocolate: Add a rich, fudgy taste to your banana bread with chocolate—choose from milk, dark, white, or semisweet chocolate chips!
Raisins or Dried Fruits: Include raisins or dried fruits in your batter for a delicious and unique twist on classic banana bread.
Cinnamon Sugar: Before you pop your banana bread in the oven, sprinkle the top of the loaf with a cinnamon-sugar mixture for a sweet, crunchy crust.
Muffins: Drop the banana bread batter in a muffin tin for easy, portable muffins!
Butter: Spread some butter on a warm slice of banana bread for a classic, delicious topping.
How to Make Delicious Banana Bread
This easy-to-make, moist banana bread recipe is a classic favorite that everyone in your family will love. Use this go-to recipe the next time you need to transform the overripe bananas on your kitchen counter into something delicious.
3 large or 4 small ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
1 large egg
¾ cup of brown sugar
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and spray an 8.5-inch x 4.5-inch loaf pan with baking spray.
- Mash the bananas with a large wooden spoon in a large bowl.
- Combine the melted butter with the mashed banana. Then, add the egg, sugar, and vanilla, and stir.
- Stir the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into the banana mixture.
- Add flour to the bowl slowly and stir until the flour is just combined with the banana mixture.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and place in the oven.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a fork or toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then move loaf onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Slice and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Banana Bread
Here are a few tips to help your banana bread to taste extraordinary.
Use Overripe Bananas for Extra Sweetness
The riper your bananas are, the better! Bananas sweeten as they ripen, which means using extra ripe bananas will result in a sweeter bread with a bold banana taste.
Keeping Your Bread Moist
Banana bread is best enjoyed when it’s moist. Here are a few tips for preventing your banana bread from becoming dry and crumbly:
- DO NOT excessively mix the batter.
- DO NOT bake your bread for too long.
- DO NOT over-measure dry ingredients.
- DO add applesauce to your recipe for extra moistness.
- DO substitute butter with oil to keep your bread extra moist.
Use Parchment Paper for Easy Clean-Up
To ensure that your loaf slides right out of the pan, line the pan with parchment paper instead of baking spray.
How to Save Your Banana Bread
Banana bread is the perfect recipe to save and have on-hand for a quick breakfast, snack, or dessert. Here’s how to keep your banana bread fresh for as long as possible!
Store Leftover Banana Bread
Store your banana bread in a plastic Ziploc bag or an airtight container on your counter for 2-3 days. Refrigerate your banana bread to help it last a few days longer. Regardless of how you store your banana bread, it will usually become stale after 5-7 days.
Freeze Leftover Banana Bread
If you want your banana bread to last several months, freeze the individual slices or entire loaf to defrost when you are ready to enjoy!