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This is your traditional banana bread recipe. It’s the perfect way to use up those over ripe bananas.

I don’t know about you but when I buy bananas, they look beautiful at the store. Firm, yellow, and not a spot on their peel. But for some reason, when I bring them home, something happens to them, and they go downhill fast. The next day, spots are already appearing on their peel. I don’t know what it is. I have tried different suggestions like wrapping the stem with tinfoil to help them last longer. Nope, didn’t work for me.

I guess the positive in this whole situation is that not all is lost once they start turning too ripe. Banana bread is on the horizon. 🙂

It’s usually a request in our house to make chocolate banana bread but this time I decided to just make the traditional bread.

Here’s how to make it.

Step one:

Prep! Gather and measure all ingredients needed.

Step two:

Grease with butter or cooking spray a 9 x 5-inch baking loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.

Step three:

In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Step four:

Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one.

Step five:

Add the mashed bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and mix well. It will look curdled at this point but that’s how it should look.

Step six:

Add the flour mixture a little at a time just until it becomes incorporated. Do NOT over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes. You can use a knife to test the center and make sure it’s done.

Step seven:

After allowing the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, remove to a cooling rack or plate.

banana bread two slices

Banana Bread (traditional)

Vanessa Brewer
This is your traditional banana bread recipe. It's a lovely golden brown with soft, but not too sweet, banana flavor in every bite. Perfect to eat alone or try it toasted.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (around 2-3 bananas)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter or spray some cooking spray into a 9 x 5 inch baking loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one.
  • Add the mashed bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and mix well. It may look a little curdled but that's fine. That's how it should look.
  • Add the flour a little at a time and continue until it is all incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. You can use a knife to test the middle of the bread to be sure it's cooked through.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
Keyword bread, holidays, make ahead, quick bread, snacks

If this recipe sounds good to you, give it a try. If you’ve never made banana bread, you’re missing out. Stop throwing away those over ripe bananas and make some bread.

Do you want to take it to a whole new level? Try this chocolate banana bread.

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