Banana Banana Bread Recipe

Banana Banana Bread Recipe
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Ultimate Banana Banana Bread Recipe

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Optional Mix-ins:
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or dried fruit (such as raisins or cranberries)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Oven and Pan:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal.
  1. Mix the Wet Ingredients:
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and Greek yogurt (or sour cream) until smooth and fully incorporated.
  1. Combine the Dry Ingredients:
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sifting ensures even distribution of the leavening agents and spices.
  1. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in a dense bread. Fold in the optional mix-ins, if using.
  1. Pour and Bake:
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.
  1. Cool and Serve:
  • Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. This helps the bread set and makes slicing easier.

Tips for Perfect Banana Bread

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  • Banana Ripeness: Use very ripe bananas with brown spots for the best flavor and natural sweetness.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for better mixing and even baking.
  • Mix-ins Variety: Feel free to experiment with different mix-ins such as shredded coconut, blueberries, or a swirl of peanut butter for a unique twist.
  • Storage: Store the banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap the cooled loaf or individual slices in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag.

Enjoy this moist, flavorful, and irresistibly delicious Banana Banana Bread with your favorite toppings or simply on its own!


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