recipe for basic banana bread

Fluffy Banana Bread Recipe

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1 hr 25 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Our banana bread is moist, tender, and bursting with fruity flavor. Made with ripe bananas, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract, this recipe is my favorite. You can enjoy it for breakfast, have it as a snack, or indulge in it as a dessert!

Ah, the classic aroma of banana bread wafting through the kitchen—it's like a warm hug from the oven. This recipe perfectly captures the essence of comfort and simplicity. The combination of ripe bananas, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla creates a symphony of flavors that sings in every bite. Whether enjoyed as a cozy breakfast or a delightful snack, this banana bread is a testament to the magic that happens when simple ingredients come together with love.

What is Banana Bread?

Known for its moist texture, sweet flavor, and comforting aroma, banana bread is a popular baked treat. Its origins can be traced back to the Great Depression era in the United States when resourceful home cooks were looking for ways to make use of overripe bananas instead of throwing them away. By incorporating mashed bananas into the dough, they created a moist and tasty bread that quickly became popular for its ease and deliciousness.

Banana Bread’s flavor is characterized by the natural sweetness of ripe bananas, giving the bread a rich, fruity taste. Adding ingredients such as sugar, butter, and vanilla enhances the sweetness and adds depth to the flavor profile. Warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg often complement the banana flavor, adding comfort and aroma.

Banana Bread Ingredients

  • Ripe bananas: They add natural sweetness, moisture, and flavor to the bread. They are also a great source of texture and help bind the ingredients together.
  • Butter (82%): Adds richness, moisture, and a buttery taste to the bread. It gives bread a soft crumb and a rich texture.
  • Vanilla Sugar: Adds a hint of vanilla sweetness to the flavor of the bread. It complements the bananas and adds depth to the flavor.
  • Eggs: Act as a binder. They help hold the ingredients together and give the bread structure. They are also a source of moisture and texture in the final product.
  • Flour: Provides structure and stability and forms the base of the bread. It helps the bread rise during baking and gives the bread its characteristic texture.
  • Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent to help the bread rise and make it light and fluffy. It gives the bread a soft and tender crumb.
  • Roasted nuts: Add crunch, texture, and a nutty taste to the bread. They provide a contrast to the softness of the bananas and add an interesting flavor to each bite of bread.
  • Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil adds moisture to the bread and helps to keep it tender. It also adds richness to the bread and helps to prevent the bread from drying out.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds sweetness and richness to bread. Also helps moisturize bread and contributes to its golden color during baking.

How to Make Banana Bread

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  1. First, grease a baking dish with butter and dust with flour.
  2. Then, mash the bananas with a fork (keep 1 banana for decoration). Add eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, vegetable oil and beat with a whisk for 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Add flour and baking powder. Beat until smooth. 
  4. Then, add the chopped nuts and mix the butter.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and spread it evenly. Place half a banana on top and press into the dough.
  6. Bake at 338 degrees F (170 degrees C) for 40-50 minutes. 
  7. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and serve. Enjoy!

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • If you have a round baking dish with a larger diameter, bake the cake for 30 minutes. 
  • The bananas should be overripe with brown spots. 
  • The cake will last up to 3 days. 
  • For a more interesting taste, you can add dark chocolate and cinnamon. 
  • You can use any nuts you like.

How to Make Banana Bread Moist

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Banana bread is a scrumptious baked delicacy that makes for a perfect breakfast, brunch, or snack. The moistness of banana bread sets it apart from other breads. In this recipe, the ingredients used ensure that it is especially moist.

Butter, eggs, and brown sugar are the primary ingredients that contribute to the moisture of the banana bread. Brown sugar, in particular, is better for baking than white sugar because it is hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture and keeps the bread soft and tender. The mashed bananas also play a vital role in keeping the bread moist. They add natural sweetness and moisture, which contribute to the overall texture of the bread.

Proper storage is crucial in keeping the banana bread moist. After the bread has cooled down completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You can store it at room temperature for up to four days or in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you want to freeze the bread, wrap it in plastic wrap first, then in aluminum foil, and store it in the freezer for up to three months.

In summary, this recipe for banana bread is incredibly moist thanks to the ingredients used, such as butter, eggs, brown sugar, and mashed bananas. Proper storage can help to maintain the moistness of the bread for several days.

How Long to Bake Banana Bread

If you want to bake a perfect banana bread, follow these instructions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the bread for approximately one hour. To check if it’s ready, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf – if it comes out clean, it’s done. It’s essential to let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing it; otherwise, it may not hold its shape.

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Test Kitchen Tips

If you’re looking to make perfect banana bread, here are some tips from an expert.

  1. Avoid purchasing green bananas. Opt for yellow bananas with a few brown spots that are ripe.
  2. One of the most efficient and simple ways to mash bananas is by using a fork.
  3. The recipe requires a 9×5 loaf pan, but a smaller one will work with increased cooking time.

How to Store Banana Bread

When storing banana bread, line the container with paper towels to absorb moisture and prevent the bread from getting soggy. Place the cooled loaf on top of the paper towel, cover it with another paper towel, and seal the container tightly.

How to Freeze Banana Bread

To preserve the fresh flavor and texture of banana bread for months, freeze it using these instructions:

  • Allow baked banana bread to cool completely.
  • Wrap the loaf or slices (one at a time or in groups) tightly in 2 to 3 layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  • Place wrapped banana bread in a large freezer bag or container.
  • Date the bag and freeze for up to 3-4 months. Thaw wrapped or unwrapped in the fridge or at room temperature.
  • It is better to freeze sliced Quick Bread because slices thaw much faster than whole bread.

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How Long Does Banana Bread Last?

Banana bread can be stored for up to four days at room temperature, or for two to four months in the freezer.

Can I Use Frozen Bananas?

Yes, and I often do. Allow the frozen bananas to thaw at room temperature. Drain any excess liquid and mash them. Then use them as directed in the recipe.

Can You Save Underbaked Banana Bread?

Everyone’s done this before. You go to slice your cooled loaf. Only to find that it’s gummy and underdone in the center. If you put it back in the oven, it will only scorch the outside before the inside has a chance to heat up.

Instead, you can put the slices on a buttered griddle and fry them like you would French toast. You can also do this with stale banana bread (if it will last that long!). For the ultimate indulgence, add some peanut butter at the end!


First and foremost, you should know the following about this recipe: brown sugar, in terms of its properties and its impact on the body, is no different from regular white refined sugar. Therefore, like any other dish with a fairly large amount of sugar in its ingredients, I cannot classify Fluffy Banana Bread as a healthy eating option. However, if you fit a slice of this bread into 10-15% of your daily calorie intake, you can still enjoy it even while trying to lose weight. But I can recommend a couple of tips to make this recipe much healthier:

  1. Replace regular flour with any healthier alternatives: whole wheat, rice, coconut, chickpea, or oat flour (you can also use a mixture of different flours - don't be afraid to experiment).
  2. Use a calorie-free sugar substitute instead of sugar: a blend of erythritol and stevia would work perfectly to achieve the optimal taste. This way, you'll eliminate empty calories and fast carbohydrates from your banana bread.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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Fluffy Banana Bread Recipe
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Moist, fluffy, and bursting with rich banana flavor, this recipe is simply divine. Your loved ones will agree it's the best. Toast it for an even more delicious treat. Enjoy!
recipe for basic banana bread
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
The ingredients you need
3-4 pcs ripe bananas
3,5 ounces (100 g) butter 82%
0,4 ounces (10 g) vanilla sugar
3 pcs eggs
5,3 ounces (150 g) flour
0,4 ounces (10 g) baking powder
2,5 ounces (70 g) roasted nuts
1,4 ounces (40 g) sunflower oil
1 ounce (30 g) brown sugar
Let’s start !

Grease a baking dish with butter and dust with flour.


Mash the bananas with a fork (keep 1 for decoration). Add eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, vegetable oil and beat with a whisk for 1-2 minutes. 


Add flour and baking powder. Beat until smooth. 


Add the chopped nuts and mix the butter.


Pour the batter into the pan and spread it evenly. Place half a banana on top and press into the dough.


Bake at 338 degrees F (170 degrees C) for 40-50 minutes. 


Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and serve.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 6 Calories: 3079
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g11%
Saturated Fat 5g26%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 226mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 35g13%
Dietary Fiber 2g5%
Total Sugars 16g 
Protein 4g 
Vitamin C 3mg16%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg7%
Potassium 182mg4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of richness, consider adding a handful of chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, to the batter. Not only do they contribute a delightful crunch, but they also enhance the overall texture and flavor profile of the banana bread. Toast the nuts lightly before folding them into the batter for an even more pronounced nuttiness. Remember, baking is an art—feel free to get creative and make this banana bread your own!

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