Doesn’t every blog post about a banana bread recipe say it’s the best banana bread recipe in the world? Why would we share it if we didn’t think so? But for real, guys, this one is the best. Not only is this the easiest banana bread recipe I’ve ever tried, but it works for banana bread loaves and banana bread muffins. Okay, maybe they all do. This one is still the best.
Quick Tip for Delicious Banana Bread Any Time
I don’t know about you, but we are constantly buying bananas and not eating them all before they get “extra ripe”. My favorite thing to do with those extra ripe bananas is to throw them in the freezer and save them for banana bread! Just put the entire banana in the freezer, and when you feel like cooking up a loaf of banana bread or some banana bread muffins, just pull some out to thaw for a bit!
Fair warning, they will look a little gross when you squeeze the partially frozen but now softened inside out of the banana peel. Rest assured, this makes for delicious banana bread! I have also done a combo of extra ripe fresh and frozen bananas, depending on what the current status of my banana supply is!
We have made this banana bread recipe so many times, I practically have it memorized! I normally double the recipe when we make it, because the kids love running a fresh loaf over to our neighbor, Mr. Jim! They love to knock on his door and hand over the wrapped up loaf of bread before it burns their hands. They’re always so proud of their work!
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This banana bread recipe follows the standard baking practice of mixing wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately, then combining. Let’s dive in, shall we?
How we make this banana bread recipe:
I always start by laying out two large bowls, and all of the ingredients (mostly because I always have two small helpers who are super impatient). We start by mixing the wet ingredients: egg, oil, sugar and vanilla. We like to substitute the sugar for raw honey, but we’ll leave that up to you! Quick plug for my favorite eggs. Nellie’s Free Range Eggs are the best! I dream of having our own chicken coop one day, but until then I buy these!
Once we have those wet ingredients combined, it’s time for the dry ingredients. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. This is the part where the kids get flour everywhere and I tell my inner perfectionist that it’s supposed to happen.
Next up, combine the wet and dry ingredients together and mix! Around here, we take turns until the kids start complaining that it’s too hard. This mix gets thick, but don’t worry! When you add in your bananas it adds some moisture back in again!
Hopefully by now, you have thawed your frozen bananas. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas. Mix your mashed bananas into your mixture.
Now you’ll need to decide if you want to make the traditional banana bread recipe, or opt for banana bread muffins instead. If I decide to make muffins, I just cook for a little less time. I normally just check frequently and do the toothpick test when I think they’re finished. If you stick with making a loaf of banana bread, you’ll want to grease your loaf pan now. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
As it’s cooking, you’ll start to smell a wonderful aroma of banana bread. If you’re like me, this will make you really hungry! Also, if your kids are like mine, they will start asking for a piece before it’s even finished!
I sure hope you enjoy this recipe and that it becomes a go-to tradition in your family like it has in ours!
Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever
- 1 cup sugar (can substitute for raw honey, to taste)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup oil (veggie or canola)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-4 very ripe bananas
- Beat sugar, egg, oil and vanilla in a large bowl by hand, till mixed.
- In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mixture.
- Mash bananas and add to batter.
- Grease and flour loaf pan and pour in batter.
- Bake for 1 hour at 350.
Hi, I’m Jessica! I am wife to Chris, and mom to Kaiper, Alana and Koa. I am a graphic designer, website developer and aspiring author. In this space, I share about everything from parenting, working from home, food we cook, and lots of things for kids! Learn more about me here.