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Got Overripe Bananas? Make this delicious, easy, quick perfect banana bread!

Banana bread is one of life’s simplest and most delicious pleasures. But to get it just right, you need the perfect recipe. Lucky for you, we’ve got the best one around! This recipe is easy to follow and results in banana bread that is moist, flavorful, and perfectly sweet. So go ahead and bake up a loaf – you won’t regret it!

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Banana bread is a quick-bread made from mashed over-ripened bananas. The more ripened they are, (think ugly black spots all over the peel!), the better the flavor of the bread. This moist, sweet bread is perfect slathered with cream cheese or softened butter.

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Another trick I’ve learned over the years is that if you have some over-ripened bananas on the counter, but you don’t have time to make bread at that particular moment, you can simply put them in the freezer, as is. I generally wrap them in saran wrap or place the entire fruit in a Ziploc bag.

When you’re ready to bake the bread, thaw them on a plate or in a bowl as freezing breaks them down a bit and causes them to become juicy and weep a little.

Personally, I love the added bits of walnuts in the recipe, but my other half isn’t as crazy about them. This recipe makes two loaves, so I’ll often pour batter into the first loaf pan and then add walnuts to the remaining batter before I pour it into the second loaf pan.

loaf of sliced banana bread

Perfect Banana Bread

You’ll Need:
2 c. All purpose Flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 c. Shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. milk
1 c. mashed banana (about 2 large)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts *optional

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda until well mixed, cut in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly.
banana bread batter stirring in flour mixture

Add eggs, vanilla, and milk until mixed. Add mashed banana last, mixing just until incorporated. (Add walnuts or pecans if desired).
close up view of banana bread batter in mixing bowl

Transfer the batter into lightly greased loaf pans.
pouring banana nut bread batter in loaf pan 1

At this point, if you’d like to put extra nuts on top, for appearance and a bit of additional flavor, this is the time to do it!
banana bread batter topped with chunks of walnuts in loaf pan

Bake 350F for 45-60 Minutes, if making a single loaf, it will take closer to 60 minutes, if dividing the batter between 2 pans, it will only take 38-45 minutes to cook.
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If you’d like, you can use muffin tins instead. Both the bread and the muffins freeze well, just make sure they’re completely cooled before wrapping and freezing.

Serve slices plain, topped with butter or cream cheese, or topped with a delicious fruit butter, such as strawberry butter.
buttered banana bread slices

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Perfect Banana Bread

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Banana bread is a classic comfort food. It's perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack. This recipe is easy to follow and results in a delicious, moist loaf of banana bread. Your family will love it!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
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Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer, bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 370 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cup Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup banana mashed (about 2 large)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts *optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda until well mixed, cut in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly.
    2 cup Flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ cup Sugar, 1 teaspoon Baking Soda, ½ cup Shortening
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and milk until mixed. Add mashed banana last, mixing just until incorporated. (Add walnuts or pecans if desired)
    2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup milk, ½ cup chopped walnuts *optional, 1 cup banana
  • Bake in lightly greased loaf pans at 350F for 45-60 Minutes, if making a single loaf, it will take closer to 60 minutes, if dividing the batter between 2 pans, it will only take 38-45 minutes to cook.

Notes

Freezing Tip

If you'd like, you can use muffin tins instead. Both the bread and the muffins freeze well, just make sure they're completely cooled before wrapping and freezing.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 187mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 2mgNet Carbs: 53g
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Wait, Don’t toss the Banana Peels!

Now that your perfect banana bread recipe is complete, don’t toss out the banana peels. They’re incredibly useful for a wide range of things including plant fertilizer, wart remover, glass polish, and more!

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1 thought on “Perfect Banana Bread”

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I was worried it wouldn’t freeze well, but I wrapped the loaves in wax paper first, then placed them in freezer bags, removing as much of the air as possible.

    I made them at thanksgiving time and forgot I put them in the freezer! I found a loaf yesterday and let it thaw. It was amazing, still moist, delicious! Definitely a keeper, thank you.

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