Banana bread is one of my favorite things to make. This gold medal flour banana bread recipe gives you the old-fashioned flavor you love. I love to eat this banana bread at work because it travels well for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
Banana bread is a versatile and quick bread. Do you love chocolate? Throw in some chocolate chips for a chocolate twist! Do you love walnuts or pecans? Throw in your favorite chopped nuts to give an extra dimension of flavor to your banana bread!
This recipe is perfect when you have some bananas on the counter that are getting too ripe. If you have a lot of bananas, do not worry! This banana bread freezes well. I love to make 3 or 4 loaves at a time and pull them out of the freezer for an easy treat!
What Is Banana Bread?
Banana bread is a quick bread that uses ripe bananas to give it a delicious flavor and moist texture. Ingredients like flour, baking soda, sugar, and cinnamon give banana bread its beloved flavor.
The introduction of banana bread to the United States in the 1930s increased baking powder sales. Previous to baking powder and baking soda, yeast-raised bread, and desserts.
The ripe bananas used in banana bread give the bread a natural sweetness and moisture. Americans have been making banana bread for almost a century. Its versatility and simplicity make it the perfect dessert to bake during the holidays with children.
Even with many different banana bread recipes, most have the same staple ingredients. The ripe bananas, eggs, flour, sugar, and spices are in most banana bread recipes.
After it’s baked, throw a slab of butter on a warm piece of chocolate banana bread, and you have the perfect breakfast! Check out the list of ingredients below.
Banana Bread Recipe
- 1¼ cups Granulated sugar
- ½ cups Unsalted butter, softened
- 2 Large eggs
- 1½ cups Ripe bananas, mashed (about 4-5 medium bananas)
- ½ cups Buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 2½ cups All-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chip or chopped nuts (optional)
- First, you want to set up your oven correctly. Move the oven rack so that the top of the loaf pan is not higher than the center of the oven. Preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease two standard loaf pans and set aside.
- Next, cream the sugar and butter in the bowl of your mixer until creamy. This creaming should take 2-3 minutes.
- Add eggs to the bowl of your mixer and mix until well-blended. Add mashed bananas and mix until blended.
- To this, mix in the buttermilk and vanilla until fully blended. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until all the ingredients are just combined. Avoid over-mixing the batter will create tough bread.
- Next, fold in chocolate chips or nuts if you are using them.
- Divide batter evenly into your prepared loaf pans. Place loaves into a preheated oven and bake for about 1 hour.
- To check that the bread is finished, insert a toothpick into the middle of the bread. If it is finished, the toothpick will come out clean. If it isn't clean, bake the bread for a few more minutes and check again.
- After your bread is done baking, remove it from the oven. Allow the bread to cool in the loaf pans for 10 minutes.
- Then, run a butter knife or a spatula along the sides of the pans to loosen the bread. If done gently, the loaves should release from the sides of the pan without tearing.
- Remove the loaves from the pans and cool them on the wire rack before consuming.
Tips & Tricks for Banana Bread Recipe
Here are some tricks to getting the best banana bread on the block!
The first tip for delicious banana bread is to use very ripe bananas. When a banana ripens, the starch in the banana converts to sugar. When this sugar is added to banana bread and baked, it produces a delicious sweet flavor.
Cook’s Illustrated banana bread is a famous version of the recipe, which includes yogurt to make the cake more moist. Also, because yogurt has some acidity, it reacts with the baking soda to add more of a lift to the bread.
If you want to make banana bread but your bananas are not as ripe as you would like them to be, you can speed up the ripening process. Place your bananas in a 300-degree oven and bake until they turn brown.
The last tip is to not overmix the batter. Unlike yeast bread, you should work banana bread batter as little as possible. The more you work the batter, the tougher the banana bread. For soft, fluffy banana bread, only mix until you can no longer see the dry ingredients.
Nutrition Information of Banana Bread Recipe
Banana bread is a sweet treat that uses natural sugars in the bananas to sweeten them. There are some added sugars, but banana bread is a healthier breakfast option than many sugary kinds of cereal.
Check out the list of nutritional information below for one serving of this banana bread recipe. This information is based on this recipe with 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips added.
- Calories: 240
- Total fat: 7 g
- Saturated fat: 4.1 g
- Cholesterol: 39 mg
- Sodium: 286 mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 42.3 g
- Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
- Total sugars: 22.4 g
- Protein: 3.7 g
One serving of this banana bread also provides the following vitamins and minerals.
- Vitamin D: 6 mcg
- Calcium: 19 mg
- Iron: 1 mg
- Potassium: 211 mg
If you are looking for your next breakfast recipe or something fun to make with the kids, look no further! This moist, delicious banana bread will have everyone smiling. So if you see your bananas turning brown on the counter, grab some flour and eggs and get to mixing!
With this old fashioned nut bread recipe, do not be afraid to make extra loaves to have on hand at all times. If they are not immediately eaten like they are at my house, throw them in the freezer. Then, when you want a sweet treat, pull out a loaf and let it thaw, and you have delicious banana bread!
Everyone in my family loves this.
I have made this recipe numerous times for my family and we all love it. It is easy, flavorful, and typically have all the ingredients on hand.
This was delicious! This recipe is a keeper and will be made again! Thank you!!