Easy Banana Bread

This recipe for Easy Banana Bread doesn’t even require an electric mixer! Make it with overripe bananas for the best flavor and texture.

This delicious bread stirs together with a whisk and bakes up snack cake-style in an 8×8 inch square pan. I’ve always baked my banana bread in loaf pans, but after trying it this way I’ve changed my decorum. Perhaps permanently! There’s more soft and tender middle to enjoy this way, which is my favorite part.

This classic banana bread begins with brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Stir the mixture together with a whisk or a wooden spoon until well combined.

Mash up four large ripe bananas in a bowl until fine. A fork works well for this. A few remaining lumps of banana are okay. Whisk the mashed banana into the brown sugar mixture.

I prefer and recommend using overripe bananas, which will give this bread bold banana flavor and supreme moistness.

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, which is flour, baking soda, salt. Easy enough, right? Again, a whisk is perfectly fine for this step. Slowly stir until just combined, you’re not looking to incorporate any air, which is usually a whisk’s job. But its balloon shape works really well at pulling all the ingredients together as you stir.

Add some crunchy nuts! This can be an optional addition, but not for me. I love slightly sweet pecans added to the batter. English walnuts are also quite good. But if you’re looking to really indulge, then add in 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips – yum!

Bake the batter it for 45-50 minutes, then let the bread cool 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack. You could also let it cool completely in the pan and serve slices directly from there.

This simple banana bread is delicious served warm, and slices can be reheated in the microwave for about 20 seconds. But we enjoy it at room temperature, too. A slice makes an excellent breakfast on a busy morning. If you have more time for embellishment, add a pat of salted butter and a drizzle of honey.

(If you only have three large bananas on hand, you might consider making my favorite instead!)

Easy Banana Bread

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  • 8×8 inch square baking pan
  • parchment paper




  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat an 8×8 inch pan with flour-based baking spray, cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet banana mixture. Stir together until just combined. Add the pecans, if using, and fold them in using a rubber spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick tester inserted near the center comes out clean.




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