This Banana Bread recipe is tried, tested, delicious and EASY! Banana bread is naturally sweet, has a great texture and keeps the loaf of bread moist. Best of all, it’s a light bread that tastes like a treat. Great way to use up those ripe bananas staring at you from your counter top Topped with a brown sugar crumble, this loaf won’t last long!
So much for fall weather. It is hotter now than it has been all summer! What better time than now for our air conditioner to break, right?! Thanks to our neighbor who had a great repairman recommendation, it is already fixed and didn’t kill us financially. Phew!
Despite the high temps outside, I fired up my oven to make this banana bread. I won’t protest the heat, but I am ready for fall food. This is a super moist, yummy and easy bread and it is a fall/winter staple in our house.
If you have ripe bananas in your fruit bowl but want to make muffins instead, check out these Banana Crumb Muffins. The crumble that goes on the top sends this bread to the moon, in my opinion.
HOW TO PREPARE A LOAF OF BANANA BREAD
No mixer needed! This bread bakes quick and the loaf is loaded with banana flavor. It’s a perfect snack or breakfast item!
STEP 1 – PREPARE THE PANS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9×5 pan with cooking spray; set aside. Combine the butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
STEP 2 – BATTER
In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt then mix well. Gradually add to the large bowl with butter-sugar until combined. Add mashed bananas. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan.
STEP 3 – CRUMB TOPPING
In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Mix until crumbly. Spread over the top and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 1 hour.
STEP 4 – ENJOY
Start checking for doneness at the 50-minute mark. When a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, the bread is done. Place the pans on a wire rack to cool completely.
An easy recipe variation would be to make this banana nut bread! A little crunch is delicious. Chop up a cup of walnuts and fold them into the batter.
A cup of chocolate chips or raisins are alternative add-ins.
Have you tried toasting a slice? Delicious!
HOW TO STORE AND FREEZE BANANA BREAD
Make two or three loaves at a time so you can salvage those bananas and have the perfect breakfast ready for later! Wrap a loaf in some saran wrap or aluminum foil and place it in a ziploc to freeze it for 3-4 months. This double wrap allows the moisture to stay in and freezer burn to stay out. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, take the package out of the freezer, take it out of the ziplock bag but leave it wrapped in the saran wrap to allow the moisture to keep the bread perfect for eating when ready. It should be room temperature and ready to go in 3-4 hours.
If you’re planning on eating the loaf right away, then place your bread in a air-tight container and leave it on the counter top. Do not refrigerate it as the moisture is zapped out quicker.
WHAT TO DO WITH RIPE BANANAS?
Are you like me and constantly finding a fruit bowl filled with ripe bananas? It works well to throw them into the freezer to thaw and use at a later time, or you can mash them up and throw them into one of these delicious recipes!
Banana Bars with Maple Brown Sugar Frosting – These Banana Bars are in my Top 3 list of Best Desserts Ever. These are TO DIE FOR and the best way to use up ripe bananas, in my opinion.
Pumpkin Banana Bread – Pumpkin AND bananas join forces in this tasty bread! This is a great fall treat and your house has never smelled so good.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – Adding bananas to Chocolate Chip Cookies is a great way to use up ripe bananas! These cookies are super moist and delicious!
Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – This is my favorite delicious twist on Banana Bread! Cream cheese makes EVERYTHING better.
Orange Banana Smoothie – This Orange Banana Smoothie is refreshing and delicious and packed with healthy ingredients. Great way to squeeze in a few servings of fruit and vegetables to start your day!
QUICK BREAD RECIPES
Reese’s Banana Bread – Add Reese’s peanut butter cups to Banana Bread to make it a delectable treat! You’ll never look at a loaf of banana bread the same ever again.
Best Beer Bread – This is the easiest, most delicious Beer Bread recipe you will find! Only a handful of ingredients are required for this no-fail, flavorful loaf of bread.
Blueberry Zucchini Bread – This bread does not disappoint! It is super moist and delicious!
Enjoy the rest of your week! Thanks for reading!