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Make Banana Bread from Brown Overripe Bananas

Updated on March 31, 2017

The Best Banana Bread is made with old bananas

Banana Bread straight out of the oven.  Yum.
Banana Bread straight out of the oven. Yum. | Source

How and when to make the Best Banana Bread

As far as I am concerned, a banana has to be be dark brown and bordering on becoming black in order to be considered optimal for making perfect banana bread. My kids will tell you they are sure the yuckier the better before I'll earmark it for the next bread baking cycle. They're right! Give me icky, squishy, gross. Can I hear an "eeewww!" But you know what... when those yucky bananas come out if the oven in a different form who is first in the banana bread line? Yeah, that's what I thought. :)

In this article I will show you exactly how brown bananas should be before saving them for baking a batch if perfectly delicious bread de "ba-na-na" as the cute-as-can-be Minions say.

Are these Bananas Ripe Enough for Banana Bread?

The Browner the Banana, the Better the Bread! Some Bakers even prefer Black Bananas.
The Browner the Banana, the Better the Bread! Some Bakers even prefer Black Bananas.

Is there a limit to how over ripened bananas are safe?

Not sure, but I tend to play it safe and go for only uniformly brown as my upper limit. Some bakers prefer, and actually wait for, the black fermentation stage to occur. See below for other opinions...

What's your perfect baking banana

Just how brown should a banana be before baking bread?

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Frozen Bananas

Could even be a little more brown. Photographer thinks its ready for the garbage.  Little does he know...
Could even be a little more brown. Photographer thinks its ready for the garbage. Little does he know... | Source

Methods of freezing overripe bananas

I tend to throw bananas that have reached the "nobody will eat it" stage right into the freezer as is. Sometimes I'll take a moment to store them in a fruit/veggie only recycled ziplock bag, but it's not a deal breaker since there seems to be no noticeable difference.

I've read that others peel and plastic wrap bananas prior to freezing. I prefer not to only because I prefer that they don't have that blackened look that happens with oxidation. No harm, just unappealing to me.

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Preparation & Cooking Time for baking Banana Bread

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 1 loaf

Classic Banana Bread with Walnuts

  • 2 cups Flour, All purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional, and I don't since we are low sodium
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon, (or 1 tsp. Lemon extract)
  • 1 cup 2 large or 3 small bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts, Original recipe calls for chopped fine, but I like somewhat coarse :)

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Favorite Loaf Pan, but a lot prettier than mine.

Steps for making Banana Bread

  1. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Combine bananas and lemon peel (or lemon extract). Set aside.
  3. In large bowl cream margarine. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Alternately stir in flour and banana mixtures until well blended. Stir in walnuts.
  4. Turn into well greased loaf pan.
  5. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean, but moist.
  6. Cool on rack 5 minutes.
  7. Turn loaf out to complete cooling and serve. Fini!

Banana Bread is Best after Slightly Cooled from the Oven.

Enjoying the classic flavor of Banana Bread for breakfast is great start to your day. See? Average Jane likes her walnuts coarsely cut as well
Enjoying the classic flavor of Banana Bread for breakfast is great start to your day. See? Average Jane likes her walnuts coarsely cut as well | Source

What do you slather on your Banana Bread?

What's your Favorite Banana Bread topper?

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Spread Suggestions for Bananas Bread

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A Yahoo Food Chef uses nearly black Bananas... and Sour Cream

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      raeyecarlos 17 months ago

      I love making banana bread since it's simple and easy to make. We actually have the same recipe. Sometimes though I play around and subtact 1/2 cup flour and replace it with oats to make it a bit healthier. I also use cashew at times.

      This is a great hub for those who would like to start baking. Thanks for sharing.

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