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Easy Banana Bread Recipes

Updated on November 12, 2017
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Yummy peanut butter banana bread.
Yummy peanut butter banana bread. | Source
A delicious breakfast treat!
A delicious breakfast treat! | Source

Using Ripe Bananas

We have the best of intentions when buying a bunch of bananas to eat them fresh and enjoy their delicious flavor. But then life takes over: you get busy, move on to other fruits and veggies, and the bananas just sit there…ripening. They’re still good, but you’re not entirely sure about getting such a banana-y taste.

What to do…

What to do…

Make some banana bread! You’ll never have to worry about ripe bananas again! These two recipes are quick and easy – they don’t take much time to prepare and right around an hour in the oven.

They’re great for breakfast, as a snack and in picnics.

The first recipe is banana blueberry bread. This tasty bread is so good for you!


Blueberries are great for you!
Blueberries are great for you! | Source

Benefits of Bananas

Bananas have SO many benefits!

If you ever talk to a sports enthusiast, he or she might be able to tell you that bananas are full of potassium. If you ever get muscle cramps, eating one or two bananas can help quickly alleviate that pain!

They’re full of fiber, iron and Vitamin A, too. The fiber helps get everything moving nicely through the digestive tract. Vitamin A is great for the eyes and your body needs iron to build red blood cells.

They also have 27 grams of carbohydrates, and one gram of protein per serving – says my Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Benefits of Blueberries

This is truly a superfood. The benefits of blueberries are numerous: they’re good for the heart, eyes and are packed with antioxidants.

A ¾ cup serving of blueberries has 61 calories, and 15 grams of carbohydrates, according to The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

4.4 stars from 7 ratings of Banana Bread Recipes

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 4-6 (Makes one loaf.)
Gather your ingredients to make some awesome bread!
Gather your ingredients to make some awesome bread! | Source

Ingredients for Banana Blueberry Bread

  • ½ c butter, softened
  • 1 c sugar, organic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ c flour, unbleached, whole grain
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 bananas, ripe
  • 1 c blueberries, fresh or thawed
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Mix butter, sugar and eggs together.Add the flour, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Mix well.I used sea salt.Mix well.Add (fold in) the bananas.Gently add blueberriesStir lightly - just enough to distribute them throughout batter.Pour batter into loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes.
Mix butter, sugar and eggs together.
Mix butter, sugar and eggs together. | Source
Add the flour, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
Add the flour, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Mix well. | Source
I used sea salt.
I used sea salt. | Source
Mix well.
Mix well. | Source
Add (fold in) the bananas.
Add (fold in) the bananas. | Source
Gently add blueberries
Gently add blueberries | Source
Stir lightly - just enough to distribute them throughout batter.
Stir lightly - just enough to distribute them throughout batter. | Source
Pour batter into loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes.
Pour batter into loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes. | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and eggs. Mix until they have a creamy texture. Add in the flour, baking soda, vanilla and salt. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the bananas and mix.
  4. Gently add the blueberries and only mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Mixing too much will cause the mixture to turn blue.
  5. Spray or butter a 1.5 qt. bread pan (or 9x5 loaf pan). Add mixture and bake at 350° for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and crust is slightly browned.

A Few Tips...

  • Make sure to add the blueberries last so that you don’t risk changing the color of your mixture.
  • If you don’t want blueberries (or don’t have them on hand), no problem – just add one more banana to the mixture for regular banana bread and ½ c walnuts or pecans (optional) for a tasty banana treat.
  • Take a look at the table below for healthy substitutions if you're needing to watch what you eat.

Substitutions

In Place Of:
You Can Use:
Butter
margarine, soy margarine
Sugar
¾ cup honey or 1 c sucanat
Blueberries
3 ripe bananas
Eggs
3 egg whites
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Mix the dry ingredients first for peanut butter banana bread.  Then add in eggs, peanut butter and bananas.I used crunchy peanut butter - you can see little peanuts.Pour the mixture into a loaf pan.It's ready when the outer crust takes on a golden-brown hue.
Mix the dry ingredients first for peanut butter banana bread.  Then add in eggs, peanut butter and bananas.
Mix the dry ingredients first for peanut butter banana bread. Then add in eggs, peanut butter and bananas. | Source
I used crunchy peanut butter - you can see little peanuts.
I used crunchy peanut butter - you can see little peanuts. | Source
Pour the mixture into a loaf pan.
Pour the mixture into a loaf pan. | Source
It's ready when the outer crust takes on a golden-brown hue.
It's ready when the outer crust takes on a golden-brown hue. | Source

Which Will You Try First?

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Peanut Butter!

Let’s say you want banana bread but you don’t have blueberries.You still want to add “something” to make it a yummy but different sort of banana bread.The solution? Peanut butter!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Cook Time:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Ready in: 55 minutes

Yields: Serves 4-6 (makes one loaf)

Ingredients:

  • 2 c flour, unbleached
  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ c peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 2 ripe bananas


Instructions for Peanut Butter Banana Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix together the “dry” ingredients: the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Add the eggs and mix well.
  3. Fold in the peanut butter and bananas and mix well.
  4. Spray a 1.5 qt. bread pan (9x5 loaf pan). Add the banana mixture.
  5. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until the crust is slightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Add a little butter!
Add a little butter! | Source

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      VVanNess - hehe, now you've got me craving some. ;) I hope you have a wonderful day!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Yum! We love banana bread around here, and I just got some fresh bananas. I'll have to make some this afternoon!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - hehe, add them blueberries! :D

      Torrilynn - yeah, I have a weakness for good banana bread. :D

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      mmm I love banana bread it is so tasty.

      thanks for the recipes.

      Voted up

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC, I make banana bread with my almost rotten bananas (hee hee), but I've never added blueberries. Great idea! I'm going to try this one!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      5-4-3-2-1 Did you get that banana bread yet, Bro?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Starting beaming Sis! :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mmmm, Bill, I've got more bananas ripening on the counter. But...I'm gonna make smoothies with them in the morning. :D I could beam you some with my nifty transporter from the future. :D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is nothing like warm banana bread! That one picture with the butter melting on it....OMG! I just want to shove my face in it.

      Great recipe! I think it's time to make some banana bread!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      RHW - wouldn't it be so cool if we could beam food? I'd beam some of my mom's soups and recipes this way! Hehe. You're such a good cook, I bet you'll be doing your own spinoffs to banana bread before you even finish the recipe! Hehe.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That looks divine! Gosh I really wish you could beam me a piece of that bread right this instant!

      I am definitely going to try this one! YUM!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Jamie - thank you so much for coming by! These are sooo good with a little bit of butter. Mmm. Uh-oh...now you've got me craving these again. I guess I'll just have to make more. :D Thank you so much!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Oh my gosh, these sweet bread recipes sound amazing.. especially the blueberry banana! I love these breads heated with some melted butter on top.. yummy! Bookmarking for future use, thank you so much for sharing :0)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Tillsontitian - mmm, I could also make a cookbook for all the fabulous hub recipes I come across on HubPages. Hehe. Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy that peanut butter...and chocolate. :D

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Banana peanut butter bread! Oh my. I wonder how it would be topped with chocolate ;) This hub is great...chock full of information and two great recipes....what more could we ask for? I'll have to start a cookbook with hub recipes!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Shampa - Thank you very much! Both types of breads have very different flavors, but equally good. :)

      I'm not sure if you mean a microwave or a mini-oven. If you're using a small oven, I'd just center it on a rack and the cook time will probably be less - by say 5 or 10 minutes. After about 35 minutes, I'd start watching it pretty closely. Thank you for the votes and shares. Have a great day!

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up, useful and awesome!

      Useful recipe for any mother and awesome because it looks so yummy.

      I will surely try both the types. One small question I have that is while baking it in a micro should I use any of the racks. If yes then which one high or low rack.

      Thanks for sharing and sharing it too.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      StephanieBCrosby - thank you so much! I love blueberry pancakes, too. Hmm...perhaps I'll have to make blueberry banana pancakes now! Yum! Thanks for stopping by!

      Movie Master - yum! Thanks so much for stopping by! :) Hubhugs!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What great recipes, can't wait to try them, thank you and voted up!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      K9 - Aww, that's great to hear! Thank you again for your feedback on the photos - that really helps. I appreciate you, friend. :) Hubhugs back!

      Lady_E - Hehe, every week? Wow. You must really like banana bread. I do hope you enjoy these recipes, too. :)

      Penlady - I hope you enjoy it. :) Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

      IntegrityYes - You're welcome! :) Thank you for your votes and feedback.

      Faith Reaper - I can't wait until the pumpkins are in season! I am going to use the seeds and pulp to make yummy bread and pumpkin seed snacks. MMM. Your cranberry nut bread sounds wonderful, too. Will have to try that! Thanks!

      alocsin - The nuttier the better! haha. If you use extra-crunchy peanut butter, it shouldn't affect your cooktime much at all. Cook away and enjoy the PB. :D

      Teaches - it sounds like I had some good timing with this hub! :D Thanks for coming by. Always great to see you.

      Prasetio30 - thank you for coming by! I love bananas and banana bread and I hope you enjoy the recipe with your mom. Cheers!

      Brett.Tesol - thank you so much for the shares. I appreciate it! The banana/blueberry combo is really yummy. If you like both fruits, you'll probably love them together in the bread. :)

      Rajan - thank you! Your banana hub is fabulous - I had no choice but to link to it. :D You don't have blueberries? Hmm...what other sorts of summer berries do you have in your area? I bet you could sub-in some of those berries if you wanted to try that. Thanks so much for your feedback.

      Ignugent17 - I hope you enjoy the recipe when you make it. Thanks for your feedback! :)

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      That blueberry banana bread looks so good. My weakness in life is blueberry pancakes. But I love making homemade banana bread when the bananas are going south and I need to use them quickly. So, this is a great combination for me. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. I would try to make it. Voted up and more!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Cyndi, I'm glad you put the recipe for banana bread with peanuts as an alternate choice. We do not get blueberries here regularly so this is a great option. The pics revved up my appetite.

      Thanks for the link to my banana hub. I'll be linking to this hub of yours in my banana hub. Bookmarking and voted up, useful and beautiful.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Great suggestions for saving that old fruit lol. I like banana bread/cake, it has such a good flavor and you are right, bananas are REALLY good for you. Never had the blueberry and banana bread though, but would love to try it.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love banana and your recipe sound delicious. I can't wait to make it soon with my mom. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have blueberries and bananas in my kitchen, this will make a good use of these tomorrow. Yum, yum, yum!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Since I love peanut butter, that version is my favorite here. If the peanut butter is too crunchy (my preference) will that affect baking or the cutting of cooked bread? Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      There is nothing more wonderful than to smell banana bread baking, except for eating it!!! I love all kinds of breads. I love to bake cranberry nut bread and pumpkin bread during the holidays, but my husband just loves the banana nut bread the most. Thanks for sharing your recipe. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      Thank you for the recipe. HAH-HAH! I voted up.

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Banana bread is truly yummy. This recipe is a definite must try.

      Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      I absolutely love it. I'll be making banana cake every week.

      Thanks. 5 Star.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Shesabutterfly - yum! I love that! I hope you like the blueberries and yeah, the substitution table is good for those times you run out of stuff and you might have something else on hand. :)

      Mhatter99 - haha...heaven on bananas sounds WONDERFUL! Hehe.

      Tammy - I know, right? Next, I want to tackle recipes with pumpkin! Those suckers need to hurry up and ripen. I want some pumpkin bread and seeds NOW! LOL

      Sinea Pies - Yum! I love walnuts with pumpkin bread, too. MMMM. Thank you so much for coming by! Thank you for the votes and kudos. Hubhugs!

      Austinstar - haha, there's nothing wrong with you, cuz see, I never thought to get a quesadilla maker and I make quesadillas all the time! Haha. Thanks for coming by. :)

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Your timing could not be more perfect, CC! I have bananas that are almost ready for bread making. Your banana and blueberry bread recipe looks fantastic, and soon to be on my table! These photos of yours are amazing!

      Another high quality hub. Nothing but good stuff here!

      HubHugs~

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      You can't go wrong with banana bread. I never even thought of making it with peanut butter. What's wrong with me?

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      LOVE homemade banana bread. I usually have mine with walnuts but I do love blueberries, too. Sounds wonderful. Voted up and awesome!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      These breads are one of the best perks of being a human. I love banana, blueberry, apple, pumpkin breads. I haven't tried peanut butter banana bread but I will be making that this weekend. Excellent hub with great photos!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Might as well throw in the regular banana bread. After all, you are sending me to heaven :)

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I was just going to make some banana bread from my grandma's old recipe, but I'll definitely be making this blueberry banana bread instead. The picture looks absolutely delicious! I especially liked the substitution table, very helpful! Voted up and sharing:)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Julie - hehe, thank you for coming by. Have fun squishing those rotten bananas! Hahaha. Thanks for sharing!

      Europewalker - Of these two, I'd have to say the banana blueberry bread is my favorite. I love both fruits. MMM, you've got me craving some more of this! :)

      Starstream - yum! I really did try to take some pictures that would make your mouth water. Hehe...sorry about that. Hehe. If you'll pardon me, though, I have to go eat another piece of bread. :D

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      I'm going to try your bannana /blueberry bread recipe real soon. Your last photo really got to me... mmmmm . good. Oh yea a cup of coffee... perfect.

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      The banana blueberry bread looks delicious. A big cup of coffee and a big hunk of that bread would suit me fine. Thanks for sharing, will definitely be making this :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Wow- aside from the great pictures that made my mouth water, this hub was so nicely laid out. Bookmarking it for my next rotten banana moment. LOL :) Tweeted it!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Josh - It's ESP: I had YOU in mind when I wrote this. HAHAHA. The peanut butter one is sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing and great to see you. :)

      Ruchira - mmm...thank you for stopping by! I hope a little banana bread sets your day straight! :D Great to see you.

      Glimmer Twin Fan - thank you for sharing this! Zucchini bread sounds wonderful! I might have to try that next! Cheers!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Both of these looks delicious! I just made zucchini bread so they'll have to wait, but I pinned it and will definitely check it out later. Awesome hub!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      yum cyndi!!

      what better way to start my monday morning.

      will give it a try! many votes as interesting and useful recipe. sharing it across!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cyndi,

      You drew me in with this recipe title! LOL

      I am a sukcer when it comes to Banana Bread! I liked how you added peanut butter, what a clever idea! I have not thought of that before. I will definitely be trying that one out here soon! Thanks for sharing, and now I am sharing! :)

    More Tips...

    • Serve warm! Put a little pat of butter on a slice and let it melt into the bread.
    • You can also try serving with honey, preserves or even cream cheese.
    • Add a little cinnamon over the butter.
    • Mix ½ honey and ½ butter for some honey butter and spread it on a slice of banana bread.