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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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This is my family's favorite Banana Bread Recipe.

slices of banana bread on plate with a mug of coffee

It comes out amazing just about every time – so I thought that I would share it with you.

A bonus is that it is really easy and it doesn't take long to make.

The Ingredients

The first thing that I did was pull together all of the ingredients to make this banana bread recipe.

What I am learning is that when you write a recipe post, you have to be pretty organized. 😉

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 or 3 bananas)
  • zest of half of one lemon

Instructions

banana bread on cutting board with knife

The first step is to preheat the oven to 350° and grease an 8 inch bread pan – set this aside.

Just as an aside – I now use refined coconut oil to grease baking pans.

Then, in a large mixing bowl, I stir together all the dry stuff (except the sugar – which goes with the wet stuff – even though it isn't wet).

So I mix the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt – and then I set this aside.

In a smaller mixing bowl I now combine the wet ingredients.

This includes the egg, oil, mashed banana (learn how to mash bananas here), lemon zest and the sugar.

Next, pour the wet ingredient mixture into the flour mixture all at once.

Stir this with a spoon until everything is well combined and you don't see any pockets of dry flour. (Check near the bottom because it likes to hide down there.)

Remember – don't over-mix and do NOT use a mixer.

Just stir it by hand. It's easier and you won't have to wash any beaters.

Pour the batter into the greased bread pan and spread it around evenly.

photo of banana bread batter in loaf pans and various cooking utensils

Finally, bake the banana bread for about 45 minutes.

When the bread is golden brown and you tap the top and it sounds sort of hollow – then the bread is done.

You can also stick a knife in the center to make sure it comes out clean.

photo of loaves of banana bread still in loaf pans

Make It Your Own

You can get creative with this Banana Bread recipe and make it your own.

In the picture above, the loaf in the back was in the oven for about 5 minutes more than the loaf in the front. You can see that the crust is thicker and browner.

You can adjust the baking time depending on how crusty you like your banana bread.

Here are few other things that you can change:

Lemon Zest

I get it – there are not always fresh lemons in the fridge.

You could just omit it – but I like the tang that a little lemon adds to this banana bread recipe.

So, if you don't have fresh lemons you could add 1/8 of a teaspoon of lemon extract instead. Or a tablespoon of bottled lemon juice just might do the trick.

Spices

Take or leave the nutmeg – it's up to you. If you like your banana bread a little “spicier” add a pinch of ground cloves.

The possibilities are up to you.

The Video

Ok – I'm saving the best for last.

Just for kicks, we created a COOKING VIDEO to illustrate this banana bread recipe.

It turns out that my daughter has a natural talent for producing and editing video – who knew?

Anyhow for your culinary enjoyment:

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banana bread slices on white plate

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Our favorite banana bread recipe - moist, delicious, and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 to 3 bananas)
  • zest of half of one lemon

Instructions

  1. The first step is to preheat the oven to 350° and grease an 8 inch bread pan – set this aside.
  2. Then, in a large mixing bowl, stir together all the dry stuff (except the sugar – which goes with the wet stuff – even though it isn’t wet).
  3. Mix the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt – and then I set this aside.
  4. In a smaller mixing bowl combine the wet ingredients. This includes the egg, oil, mashed banana (learn how to mash bananas here), lemon zest and the sugar.
  5. Next, pour the wet ingredient mixture into the flour mixture all at once.
  6. Stir this with a spoon until everything is well combined and you don’t see any pockets of dry flour. (Check near the bottom because it likes to hide down there.)
  7. Remember – don’t over-mix and do NOT use a mixer. Just stir it by hand. It’s easier and you won’t have to wash any beaters.
  8. Pour the batter into the greased bread pan and spread it around evenly.
  9. Finally, bake the banana bread for about 45 minutes. When the bread is golden brown and you tap the top and it sounds sort of hollow – then the bread is done. You can also stick a knife in the center to make sure it comes out clean.

Requests?

If you are looking for a good recipe or if you have any questions about this post – please leave comment below.

And if you tried this banana bread recipe then I want to know about it!

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Alisha Ross

Friday 2nd of August 2019

Came across this recipe in Pinterest and been in love with your blog ever since.. I tried it today with whatever I could get a hold of and it was super yummy!!! Thank you Regards

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