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Favorite Banana Bread Recipes

Updated on September 12, 2016
A Loaf of Banana Bread
A Loaf of Banana Bread | Source

We all have our favorite banana bread recipes. These are mine.

This page contains three recipes for banana bread. One is a quick bread. One is a yeast bread recipe for the oven. The last is a sweet, yeast ecipe for the bread machine.

We like bread. We like bananas. Mix them together and you have one awesome treat. Banana bread recipes come in three basic categories. The traditional banana bread is a quick bread, meaning it is leavened with chemicals such as baking soda instead of yeast. Banana bread leavened with yeast is the second category, of course. Then we have banana sweet bread, which is a yeast bread but sweetened as the name suggests.

If we expand the definition, , we can also include treats such as banana muffins, banana pancakes, banana scones and so forth. We won't even touch on banana cake. That's a whole different story, although an equally delicious story.

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Converting from Imperial Measurements to Metric?

I realize that persons living in countries other than the US do not use teaspoons and other Imperial measurements. I will attempt, in the future, to use both metric and imperial.

For now, please refer to The Gourmet Sleuth Cooking Conversions. There is an excellent converter there.

Ingredients for Making Banana Bread
Ingredients for Making Banana Bread | Source

Recipe for Banana Orange Nut Bread (Quick Bread)

This recipe is for a quick bread, meaning it is leavened without yeast. The addition of the orange gives is lovely, citrus flavor and a nice moistness.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium to large bananas
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of milk, approximately


Cut the bananas into chunks. Ripe bananas work best.

Grate the orange rind and squeeze the juice. Put juice and rind in cup and add enough milk to make 1/4 cup.

Beat the sugar and oil together. Add eggs and banana chunks and beat until the banana chunks have almost, but not entirely disappeared. Stir in the orange juice mixture. Add nuts and mix.

Mix together the dry ingredients and beat into the wet mixture, combining thoroughly. Add the vanilla and stir.

Butter a standard loaf pan and line with waxed paper. Spoon the batter into the pan and bake in a slow oven (about 275 degrees F) for about 80 minutes. Test for doneness. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 30 minutes. Then turn onto a cake rack to continue cooling. This banana bread recipe can be frozen.

Recipe for Banana Nut Bread Leavened with Yeast

You make this banana nut bread in a bread machine. It's healthy and calls for whole wheat flour.


  • Optional but recommended: Bread Dough Enhancer. Use per manufacturer's instructions.
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup.
  • 1 tsp Maple extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 md ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water


Put all the ingredients into the pan in the order listed. Select “whole wheat”. Push “start.”

When its finished baking, remove from the pan and enjoy eating this fragrant banana nut bread.

Bread Machine Recipe for Banana Chocolate Nut Bread

This is a recipe for a sweet bread. You make this Banana Chocolate Nut Bread in the bread machine. Kids love this one and adults don't usually complain much either.

This recipe makes one 1 pound loaf.


  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast


Put all ingredients in the bread machine. Add the mashed bananas with the milk and add the chocolate with the flour.

Use the basic/white bread cycle on the light or medium/normal color setting.

Some bread machines will produce a smooth bread with a chocolate color. Other machines produce an attractive marbling.

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© 2007 June Campbell


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