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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 20 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 16

Our members give this classic banana bread recipe near-perfect ratings—and we think you’ll love it, too. It only takes 15 minutes to mix up the batter for this easy recipe, and then it’s ready for the oven. We love the addition of chopped walnuts for some extra crunch. Once it’s cooked this bread takes about an hour to cool, but if you can’t wait quite that long before digging in, we won’t tell. MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

3/4
cup sugar
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
2
eggs
1
cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
1/3
cup milk
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
cup chopped nuts, if desired
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 9x5- or 8x4-inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with spoon until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Stir in bananas, milk and vanilla until well blended.
  • 2
    In small bowl, mix flour, nuts, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into pan.
  • 3
    Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Applesauce Bread: Substitute 1 cup applesauce for mashed bananas; stir 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon into flour mixture. Berry-Banana Bread: Stir 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries into flour mixture. Currant-Banana Bread: Stir 1/2 cup dried currants into flour mixture.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
40mg
14%
Sodium
200mg
8%
Potassium
90mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
25g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
11g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Our favorite dessert recipes are ones that can pass for breakfast, too. Extra points if they use ingredients you probably already have on hand! That’s why banana bread is one of our staples. It’s so versatile, so easy and arguably, the most popular type of quick bread out there (though we love a good loaf of pumpkin bread, too)! All you need are a few pantry staples and some ripened bananas to make this moist, cake-like bread. If you’re bananas for banana-flavored treats, let your bananas get extra-ripe before baking, with brown skin and fall-apart peels. Then work them into this no-fail banana bread recipe, or try your hand at some of our other banana desserts! Don’t have any extra-ripe bananas on hand? Toss them on a baking sheet and into the oven at 300°F, peel and all, for about 40 minutes. Banana bread is so customizable, there’s a version for everyone! Try adding mix-ins like walnuts, chocolate chips, Nutella or peanut butter for an easy upgrade (you can thank us later). If you’re looking to make some healthier ingredient swaps, try using whole-grain flour or subbing yogurt + applesauce for the oil. Or, just stick to this foolproof recipe for guaranteed success!

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