Easy Banana Bread

This easy banana bread recipe is very simple to put together with very few ingredients. Banana bread is a great recipe to start with for new bakers. It is incredibly forgiving and difficult to mess up. This recipe strips banana bread down to its classic flavor. 

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Banana bread is absolutely one of my favorite things to make and to teach other people how to make. It is one of the best things to bake for a new from scratch baker.

Banana bread is incredibly simple to put together and is also very forgiving. The ratios in a banana bread aren’t as finicky as many other baked goods which makes it less intimidating.

I actually can’t believe I haven’t posted my simple banana bread recipe yet. This is one of those recipes that I have memorized because it can come together so easily. It is also easily adaptable to add other flavors in.


How to Make Simply Perfect Banana Bread

Start with ripe bananas. 

Banana bread is widely regarded as the thing you make when you have overripe bananas. Personally, I am a bit more of a planner with my baking endeavors. I’m not always in the place mentally or schedule wise to just bake banana bread because my bananas are too ripe.

My solution is to throw my bananas in the freezer when they get overripe that way I can easily pull them out of the freezer when I have the urge to bake up some banana bread.

Alternatively, if you are wanting to bake banana bread and find yourself without ripe bananas you can quickly ripen them by putting them in the oven. With the skin on, put the bananas in a 300F oven for about 40 minutes.

Don’t be alarmed with your overripe bananas are liquefied. This will happen when they get super ripe, if you ripen them in the oven, or after defrosting from frozen. Liquefied banana usually means the flavor is just super intense.

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Gather your ingredients. 

Classic banana bread lineup is pretty simple: ripe bananas, melted butter, eggs, sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder.

Simply Perfect Easy Banana Bread | Baker Bettie

Mix together wet ingredients. 

Banana bread is a quick bread which you may or may not remember follows the muffin mixing method. The method involves mixing together the wet ingredients with the sugar in one bowl, mixing together all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and then combining the two.

In a medium bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients with the sugar. You don’t need to do this with a mixer. A simple spoon will do until everything is all combined.

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Mix together all of the dry ingredients. 

In a separate, large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. I like to use a whisk for this so that all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly and aerated a bit.
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Combine the wet with the dry ingredients. 

Pour all of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a spoon to gently combine the two together. Less is more with the stirring here. It will be lumpy. You don’t want stir more than needed.

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Bake. Cool. Eat. 

Simply Perfect Easy Banana Bread | Baker Bettie

Banana bread is absolutely one of my favorite baked goods to dress up. Add in nuts, chocolate chips, toasted coconut, dried cherries, cinnamon, a peanut butter swirl, a nutella swirl, anything you can think of! Go nuts. Or just make it as is. Simply perfect banana bread. Loaded with banana flavor and perfectly comforting.

Simply Perfect Easy Banana Bread | Baker Bettie

Easy Banana Bread

This easy banana bread recipe is simple to put together with very few ingredients. This recipe strips banana bread down to its classic flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, cooled slightly
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • large pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bananas, sugar, egg, and butter together in a bowl. Mash the banana with the spoon and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour all of the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.
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20 comments on “Easy Banana Bread”

  1. This banana bread looks so good! Every time, I tried making banana bread in a loaf pan, the tops browned a ton. I'm super impressed by how golden brown the loaf looks, and I really like the arrangement.
    • Thanks Elaine! Good point on the browning! I bake mine at a lower temperature than most recipes call for. I think at 325F it allows the center to cook without the top browning too much!
  2. as always....GORGEOUS pictures and a flawless recipe! you make the best banana bread!!!
  3. There's nothing better than a perfect loaf of banana bread, amiright!?
  4. I make banana bread a lot, but the one time I froze the bananas, my husband threw them out. I'll have to try that again because your bread looks wonderful!
  5. banana bread is a classic for a reason, its perfect for anything anytime, especially when you have those perfect bananas that need a home! thank you x
    • I am making this bread I added two tablespoons of extra flour & two teaspoons of water because of the high altitude I am baking it in a glass baking pan (the right size) & I brought down the temp. to 300 instead of 325 do you? I also did a double recipe & I am baking them at the same time is that ok as well? elizabeth
      • Hi Elizabeth, Since you are making a double recipe you may find that turning your oven temp down may not have been necessary since the heat is distributed between more product, but this recipe is very forgiving. I think it should still work out well. Let me know how it goes!
  6. There isn't much better than homemade banana bread; it's just SO good! This looks delicious!
  7. Banana bread is one of my favorites and I always loving seeing everyone's take on it.
  8. This banana bread really does look simply perfect! Looks so soft and moist, yum!
  9. We always have ripe bananas at our house... love this simply and easy banana bread recipe. Coming over from FBC to show you some love. :)
  10. The versatility of this bread is awesome from beginning to end. I could serve this banana bread warm from the oven or top a toasted slice with whipped cream cheese!! Yummy!
  11. What do you think about using this recipe for banana bread muffins? How long would you bake them for?
  12. What do you think about using this recipe for banana bread muffins? How long would you bake them for?
    • I definitely think that would work well! It's hard to know, but I think probably about half the time. I would go for about 20 minutes then check them. They will probably need about 5 or 10 more minutes. Let me know how it works out!
  13. How much banana do you usually use? Since bananas vary in size, it is hard to know how much is needed when you just say four bananas.
    • The beautiful thing about banana bread is that it is very forgiving. I do not ever measure the banana. Throw four in and whatever the total volume is, it will work, I guarantee! I would suggest not using the biggest bananas ever, or the tiniest. Just an average size. Banana bread is the perfect thing to use up overripe bananas! Whenever mine are getting too ripe, I throw them in the freezer for the next time I want to make banana bread.
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