Go Bananas with Banana Bread!

Everyone has some memory of their mother in the kitchen baking Banana bread or their elementary school teacher bringing banana bread to class as a healthy snack for the kids.This tasty treat has been around for decades and it still has not lost its appeal. Banana Bread is a moist, sweet bread that is quick and easy to make. It's absolutely delicious and can be made with many variations from adding chocolate chips to blueberries. It is typically a no-yeast bread made with mashed ripened or over-ripened bananas.

Banana Bread is as American as Apple Pie. It still maintains a high level of popularity in the united states among families and is almost always seen at bake sales. Though the banana has existed for thousands of years and is believed to have its origins in Asia, banana bread has its origins in the 1930s right here in the United States. Its popularity is associated with the acceptance of baking powder as a leavening ingredient.

Fun Fact: February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day in Australia.

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Good Ol' Moist Banana Bread

There's nothing better than the smell of good ol' fashion banana bread wafting through your home. Despite the many variations of this delectable delight, nothing beats original banana bread.

Prep Time: 15 Min.
Bake Time: 55 Min.
Servings: 2 Loaves

What You'll Need:

  • 2 1/2 Cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 Cups of sugar
  • 2 Packages of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 Tsp of baking soda
  • 1 Tsp of salt
  • 1 Tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 5 Eggs
  • 2 Cups of mashed bananas, ripened or over-ripened
  • 1 Cup of canola oil
  • 1 Tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup of nuts, chopped (optional; only for Banana Nut Bread)

Directions for Making Banana Bread:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk in the eggs, mashed bananas, oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir in the chopped nuts if you plan to make Banana Nut Bread.
  4. Mix until it's well blended.
  5. Pour the mixture into two greased loaf pans (8x4 in.).
  6. Bake at 350°F for 55 to 65 min. or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool for 10 minutes before removing the bread from the pans.

Blueberry Banana Bread

This is an interesting variation of Banana Bread that include another healthy fruit: Blueberries. This bread is sure to fill your home with the sweetest scent your nose has ever smelt!

Prep Time: 10 Min.
Bake Time: 30 Min.
Servings: 3 Mini-loaves

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 Cup of shortening
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp of salt
  • 2 Medium ripe or over-ripened bananas, mashed
  • 1 Cup of blueberries, fresh

Directions for Making Blueberry Banana Bread:

  1. Beat the shortening and sugar, in a large bowl, until it's light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and steadily add it to the creamed mixture.
  4. Beat until its well mixed.
  5. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  6. Fold in the fresh blueberries.
  7. Pour the mixture into three greased loaf pans (5 3/4 x 3 x 2 in.).
  8. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 Min. or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let it cool for 10 minutes before removal from pans.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This variation offers up everyone's favorite fruit and everyone's favorite sweet: Bananas and Chocolate. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is probably one of the oldest variations of banana bread (next to Banana Nut bread of course).

Prep Time: 20 Min.
Bake Time: 45 Min.
Servings: 1 Loaf

What You'll Need:

  • 3 Bananas, mashed
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of flour
  • 1 Tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 Stick of butter or margarine, softened

Directions for Making Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the softened butter or margarine for greasing the loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas and sugar together.
  4. Beat in the eggs until well mixed.
  5. Stir in the flour and baking soda until well blended.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the bread mixture into the greased loaf pan.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let it cool for 10 minutes before removing the bread from the loaf pan.

Monkey Tail Bread

Traditional banana bread frosted with chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate and peanut butter addicts' mouths will be watering (I know mine is just thinking about it).

Prep Time: 15 Min.
Bake Time: 1 Hr.
Servings: 1 Loaf

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 Cup of shortening
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of bananas, mashed
  • 2 Cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp of salt
  • 1/2 Cup of peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup of chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Creamy peanut butter

Directions for Making Monkey Tail Bread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease the loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 In.) with shortening.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the shortening and sugar, until fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs and bananas until well mixed and smooth.
  5. Beat in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, until well combined.
  6. Stir in the peanuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan.
  8. Bake on 350°F for 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let it cool for 10 Minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.
  10. Once removed, Let it cool complete for at least 1 hour.
  11. Put some chocolate frosting in a small plastic food-storage bag and microwave it for 6 to 10 seconds, until it's pourable.
  12. Add some peanut butter to the bag and gently squeeze it until the peanut butter and the frosting are well combined.
  13. Snip off a tiny corner of the bag and squeeze it to drizzle the mixture over the banana bread.

Enjoy your Banana Bread!!


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Comments 21 comments

muvver 5 years ago

well done again we love banana bread but never thought of adding things blueberrys great love it will be doing this for shore

love it all

keep cooking


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lorenmurcia 5 years ago

Yum! I can almost taste it. Makes me crave for a piece of this. I am not knowledgeable when it comes to cooking and baking so I admire people like you who can whip up different mouth-watering dishes..


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dallaswriter 5 years ago from North Carolina

This was a wonderful share. I am always looking for ways to greet my family when they wake up and of course, My coffee is always eager for a sweet bite to go with it! Thanks for sharing these recipes...can't wait to try them.


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

Yummy -


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Muvver... Glad you enjoyed another hub of mine. Thanks for reading! :)

@LorenMurcia... Thank you. I'm not that great at cooking, more so baking. I learned baking from my sister and some cooking from my husband and my father (the real cooks) lol. Thanks for reading! :)

@Dallaswriter... I hope your family enjoys it. I love sweet breads or toast with jam with my coffee. Yum! Thanks for reading! :)

@Annmackiemiller... Thanks for reading another hub :)


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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

I've never heard of making banana bread with instant pudding mix. Fascinating.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sounds great! Bookmarked.


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Maddie... It's supposed to make it very moist. Thanks for reading :)

@WillStarr... Hope you get some use out of the recipes :) Thanks for reading!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Monkey Tail Bread! LOL I haven't heard about this one, but I love b.b. and I bookmarked it for later-I mean later tonight, LOL Gonna whip some up. YUM


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Skylar! Great recipes, I've also bookmarked for use later. I will be trying out your blueberry banana bread, I think it would be soooo nutritious and delicious! Voted up.


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Denise... Monkey Bread is the best. But then anything with penaut butter and chocolate is my favorite hehe. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy the bread :)

@Cloverleaf... My sister loves blue berry banana bread :) I'm more into the less healthy kind with chocolate hehe. Thanks for reading and voting! :) Hope you like the bread too :)


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amitava chakraty 5 years ago from India

banana bread is something not much common in India.But I am eager to try it and let other try in here.keep feeding.


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@amitava... I'm not sure if it's that popular anywhere other than the USA, Australia and the UK. Something for me to research I geuess hehe. Thanks for reading! Hope you try it and enjoy it, it's delicious hehe :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Skylar-decided on the choc chip recipe because I didn't realize I only had a few eggs and no vanilla pudding mix. :( what size, BTW of pudding should it be? small or large? Thanks.


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Denise... Small package, any brand you prefer :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks! Well, I just pulled the banana bread out of the oven and it smells and tastes divine. However, it sank in the middle????? I followed all of the directions-really I did, LOL and this hasn't happened before. Any suggestions? Could this happen if my baking soda was old? Thanks.


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Denise... Sometimes that does happen, even when you follow the directions exactly. No yeast breads are quick and easy but they don't always have the same result every time you bake them. If you did the moist one the vanilla pudding can weigh it down a bit. The same might go for the chocolate chips. As far as the baking soda goes, it depends on how old it is. My family doesn't mind as long as it tastes good LOL :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I agree-we all enjoyed it. It tasted wonderful!


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Denise... I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

All of these recipes sound so great, I don't know which one to start with!!!


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Simobe... lol, my personal favorite is monkey tail lol. I'm a peanut butter lover though hehe.

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