This ultimate banana bread recipe is just the thing you need to kick start your day. It’s sweet, its delicious and full of banana goodness. Plus it is extremely simple and easy to make so you won’t have any problems messing this recipe up. You will definitely fall in love with this recipe.
Banana bread is one of the most popular foods to make ever in the kitchen. After all, most people who begin their cooking careers will use banana bread as one of their first foods to make. It is easy and delicious plus it doesn’t take that long to make. Any beginner will be able to make this delicious dish.
In fact, when I first started cooking, I chose banana bread as the food I was going to start with. Since everything else always seemed daunting to me, so I chose something that seemed easy and fast to make.
Once I actually made the banana bread, I found out just how fun and easy this dish really is. It made me fall in love with cooking and my passion for cooking kept growing from there.
Why You Should Make Banana Bread?
Simple: Banana bread is one of the easiest foods to make and any body will be able to make this with no problem at all.
Keeps Well: It will stay delicious even if you decide to eat it the next day or the day after.
Better Than Restaurants: Since you are making this food from scratch, you will be able to make any customizations you want to it. This makes it instantly better than anything else you might get from restaurants.
Ingredients In Making Banana Bread?
Banana Bread is a very simple food to make as it uses only a few ingredients to make this delicious dish.
The exact measurements are listed down below, but the ingredients you’ll need are as listed:
Main Ingredients (Must Use)
Butter: Butter is one of the most important ingredients for making Banana Bread. You can either use softened butter or melted butter, but either will work.
Sugar: Sugar is an important ingredient to use in this dish. It helps enhance the breads flavor but also acts as nutrients for the bread to grow.
Bananas: Of course we are going to be using bananas after all…this recipe is for “banana” bread.
Baking Soda: This is the ingredient that helps the bread rise.
Eggs: Eggs gives the bread their stability and also structure.
Flour: Flour is the ingredient that helps give the bread structure.
Milk: We use milk in this recipe.
Vanilla Extract: We use the vanilla extract for some added flavor.
Salt: Extra flavor
Additional Ingredients (Optional)
Because you are making your own banana bread from scratch, you are able to customize it to your pleasing.
Here are some ideas you can use to help enhance the dish.
Nuts: If you want, you can add in some nuts which provide that amazing crunch you might be desiring.
Chocolate Chips: If you want your banana bread to be a chocolate banana bread, then add in chocolate chips which will take it to the next level.
How Do You Make Banana Bread?
The first thing you should do is to prepare your banana bread mixture.
For the first step, you’ll want to prepare your butter. You can either use softened butter or melted butter. Either one works. I personally melt the butter as it would be easier to mix.
Into a large bowl, you’ll want to add in your butter as well as the sugar. Then you want to mix the mixture until both of them gets combined evenly.
After you have mixed the butter and sugar together, you’ll want to crack your eggs into the mixture. From there, you’ll want to continue mixing until everything is mixed.
Once everything is mixed, you’ll want to add in your liquid which is the milk as well as some vanilla extract. Continue mixing the mixture until everything is completely mixed.
Now its time for the bananas.
To make things easier, try to put the bananas into a bowl and smash them into a tiny paste if possible. Or if you rather have chunky bananas in your bread, then just cut the bananas into small chunks.
Once you have mashed your bananas, put them into your bread mixture and continue mixing until everything is mixed completely.
Lastly, you’ll want to add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix it one last time until everything is completely mixed.
Now your bread mixture is ready.
Grab your bread pan and rub some butter on the sides so the bread can come out easily. Then pour into the bread pan your bread mixture.
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and once it is ready, put in your bread pan so your banana bread can start baking.
You’ll want to wait about 1 hour for your bread to be finished baking. You’ll want to make sure that when your bread is finished baking, the top is caramelized in a dark brown color.
Using a toothpick or cake tester, poke your bread in the middle and see if it comes out clean or not. If it comes out clean then your bread is ready to take out. If it is wet, let it continue baking for a few more minutes.
That is basically it!
Now you have yourself a tasty treat to eat.
Substitutions In This Recipe
While this dish is a very beginner friendly dish, there are still a few things where you can change out if you want.
Sugar: We’re going to be using white granulated sugar in this recipe. However you are able to exchange that and use brown sugar if you want.
Flour: In this recipe, we are using all-purpose flour. However you are able to use whole grain flour or whole wheat flour. Basically most flours will work with this recipe
Butter: We are using unsalted butter for this recipe but you are able to use margarine if you want.
Liquid: For the liquid, we are using milk. However you can use almond milk, buttermilk, or even water.
Tips For Making This Dish
- Use the very ripest bananas you can find because it will bring a much stronger banana flavor as well as being richer.
Storing Banana Bread
Storing: I am usually able to store this in the refrigerator for around a few days at most.
Reheating: You should be able to reheat this dish just fine by using the microwave or oven. But I wouldn’t suggest you do this.
Freezing: I have never tried freezing this as I usually always finish it, but it should be able to freeze just like any other foods you make.
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- 3 Bananas
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Butter About 1 Stick Of Butter,
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- Salt Just a pinch
- The first step is to get your butter ready. You can either use room temperature softened butter or melted butter. In my banana bread, I prefer to use melted butter which you can make by melting the butter in the microwave.
- Into a large mixing bowl, you will want to put in your prepared butter. Then pour in the sugar. After that you'll want to mix it completely until it forms a nice paste.
- Add in the eggs into the bowl and continue mixing until everything becomes smooth.
- Add in the milk and vanilla while continuing to mix things around until smooth. Then put it aside for now.
- Now it is time to prep your bananas. Grab your bananas and put them into another bowl. From here you have two options. To either mash your bananas completely or put them in tiny chunks. To mash things up, you'll use a fork or a masher and start mashing your bananas until everything is completely mashed up.Or if you want a more chunky texture, just cut up your bananas into tiny chunks.
- After your bananas are done being prepped, you'll want to put the bananas into your bread mixture. Then continue to mix things around until everything is mixed together.
- Now you'll be adding in your flour, baking soda and salt. Continue to mix things around until everything is mixed together.
- After your bread mixture is ready, you'll want to grab a bread pan and prep it. Rub some butter or oil along the sides of the pan. After that, you'll pour your bread mixture into the bread pan.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and once it is ready, put in your bread pan.
- Bake your bread for about an hour. After the hour is up, you'll want to use a toothpick or something to poke your bread to check if the inside is fully cooked or not. If your toothpick is dry, then your bread is done. If it is still wet, then you'll want to let it cook for a few more minutes.
- Once your bread is done cooking, take it out and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Now remove the bread from the pan and it is ready to serve.
- If you want to add in chocolate chips, nuts or anything else, put them in before you pour the mixture into the bread pan.
- Calories counted for this bread recipe is for the entire loaf. A loaf usually has 12 slices, so if you want to find the calories for a single slice then just divide the calorie count by 12. Which should be about 260 calories per slice.