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How to Make Banana Bread and Fun Variations

Updated on February 6, 2015
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Ms.Treadwell is a licensed attorney and the author of "How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New Orleans."

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My banana bread
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Although I normally write about law and politics, I thought that today I would share something fun and easy. Friends always ask me for the recipe to my banana bread. They love it. Here is a newsflash: not all banana bread recipes are the same.

The trick is getting the bananas into the mix at the right time: the riper the banana, the richer and sweeter tasting the bread. The more bananas you use, the more flavor the banana bread will have. Banana bread is perfect for anytime of the day. I love it in the morning with a great cup of joe for breakfast.

So wait until those bananas are super ripe. Then mash those babies into the best banana bread you have ever tasted!

Ripe bananas

Tips to Get the Perfectly Ripe Banana

  • To slow ripening, bananas should be refrigerated. If your bananas are super ripe but you are not ready to make banana bread with them, keep them in the freezer! The outer peel of the banana will darken but the banana itself will stay intact longer.
  • To encourage faster ripening, place the banana in a brown paper bag at room temperature.

"The perfect fruit": 1 banana contains a variety of vitamins!

  • Vitamin B6 - .5 mg
  • Manganese - .3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9 mg
  • Potassium - 450 mg
  • Dietary Fiber - 3g
  • Protein - 1 g
  • Magnesium - 34 mg
  • Folate - 25.0 mcg
  • Riboflavin - .1 mg
  • Niacin - .8 mg
  • Vitamin A - 81 IU
  • Iron - .3 mg

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 8 servings or one loaf


  • 3 - 4 bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/3 cup real butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease loaf pan with butter and lightly dust with flour.
  3. Mash bananas in a bowl until almost smooth.
  4. Add sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix well with a fork. Tip: Do not pour hot butter over the egg as it may cook the egg slightly.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Pour flour mixture into banana mixture a bit at a time and mixing as you go. Make sure all is mixed together well before pouring into loaf pan.
  7. Pour contents into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Check middle of bread with small knife or toothpick to make sure the center is done (knife comes out clean).

Try these fun variations of banana bread!

How to use it
sliced strawberries
place on top of loaf prior to baking
pecans or walnuts
stirred into the mix
chocolate chips
stirred into the mix
confectioner's sugar
dusted on top of baked bread

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 266
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Carbohydrates 44 g15%
Sugar 15 g
Protein 5 g10%
Sodium 84 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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  • lawdoctorlee profile imageAUTHOR

    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    7 years ago from New York, NY

    A photo of my banana bread has been added. If you haven't tried this recipe, you're missing out on something special. It's so easy and delicious.

  • lawdoctorlee profile imageAUTHOR

    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    7 years ago from New York, NY

    teachertalking1, thank you so much for taking the time to read my Hub and for your comments. It is very easy :-) I try to avoid complicated recipes! Hope you enjoy the banana bread.

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    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    7 years ago from New York, NY

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    7 years ago

    Thanks for the great, easy recipe! I've never made banana bread because I thought it was really complicated! Looking forward to giving it a try!

  • lawdoctorlee profile imageAUTHOR

    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    7 years ago from New York, NY

    Thanks for your comment, Geminitrudy. I appreciate your endorsement on the recipe. :-)

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    7 years ago

    Let me tell you from personal experience - this banana bread is DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipe ma'am!

  • lawdoctorlee profile imageAUTHOR

    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    7 years ago from New York, NY


    Thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for your comment. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Let me know if you like it :-)

  • lawdoctorlee profile imageAUTHOR

    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    7 years ago from New York, NY


    Thanks for taking the time to read this hub and for your comments. I hate nuts in my banana bread (hahaha). I like them, just not in my banana bread. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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    7 years ago

    I really like banana bread and thanks for this great recipe.

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    LaDena Campbell 

    7 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

    Can't wait to try this recipe! I love banana bread and when I buy it, it is ruined with nuts!!! (Can't eat them!) I am glad that you did not add that ingredient. (I know it is easy to just not add the

  • lawdoctorlee profile imageAUTHOR

    Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 

    7 years ago from New York, NY

    Thanks for your comment, Kristen. I absolutely love this recipe. Glad you're going to try it. Let me know how you like it.

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    Kristen Haynie 

    7 years ago from Modesto, CA

    Yumm, this sounds amazing! I would have never thought to add the vanilla extract! I'm going to buy some bananas today, and I'll try this recipe as soon as they're ripe enough. Thank you for sharing!


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