Baking banana bread is usually an afterthought for me. I only think about it when I go to throw away the really ripe, brown bananas. Then I think, what a waste, (light bulb goes off in head) “I should make Banana bread!” It is always so delicious and I always say I need to make this more often. The loaf gets eaten in one day in my house. The kids LOVE it. In addition, if you don’t have time to make banana bread, but you have the perfect ripe bananas; freeze them until you are ready to bake!
Now that you have your mind set on making banana bread, do you have the rest of the ingredients? That is always the question. Lucky for me I always have ingredients on hand. I usually keep a stock of the necessities; Flour, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, baking powder, and baking soda. If you have these on hand at any given time you are usually good for some type of recipe!
Why is Banana Bread so good?
Let’s be honest, banana bread can be eaten at any time of the day. Breakfast = Yes, Lunch = Yes, Dinner = well, maybe, Snack = Yes! Warmed up with butter or honey? Room temp with nothing on it? Count me in! It’s so moist with lots of flavor and not too sweet. Can you tell I love Banana bread? LOL
Here is what you need!
- 1/2 Cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Light brown sugar
- 2 Large eggs
- 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
- 3 Large ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 2 Cups flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease a 9×5 loaf pan – You can use my Cake Pan Release recipe instead of spray – It’s amazing! (and soy free!)
- Using a stand mixer (I love my KitchenAid!) with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugars until combined
- Add in the eggs and vanilla
- Add in the mashed banana and stir by hand
- In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined. Do not over mix
- If you want to do any add-ins now is the time! Chocolate chips, nuts, more cinnamon?
- Bake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.
- Let the banana bread cool for a few minutes before transferring to a baking rack
- And because this is Fun and FROSTED – You can Always add on some buttercream once the bread has cooled…just sayin’!
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Be sure to check out some of my other great recipes!
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