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Grandma's Banana Bread for the Bread Machine

Updated on July 6, 2011

Gramp's Favorite Banana Bread

Who doesn't love Banana Bread - or at least like it a lot! The aroma of Fresh Baked Bread wafting through the house. It's enough to make taste-buds cry with joy.

After having made several loaves from my Oats & Wheat Bread Recipe, Steve asked if I could make a Banana Bread Recipe next time. I'd never considered making a Banana Bread Recipe in the Bread Machine. Doing a little research on the internet, I found many recipes for Bread Machine Banana Bread. None of them were exactly the same. So, being a "little ol' bread-maker from way back", I thought I'd work out my own Banana Bread Recipe for the machine. I paid attention to the comments that were made on the recipes and kept them in mind while composing my version.And this, my Friends, is the result.I want to add here that recipes are meant to be a guide, not a law. If I'm out of one thing, I'll use another. Or I might decide to add a little something else. Like the chocolate chips I've started putting in this recipe.Steve loves my Banana Bread and he loves Chocolate. And, she says with smile, he loves me.

2011/06/28 07:05

Bananas for the Bread
Bananas for the Bread

Gather Ingredients

Make sure there is enough of everything.

Ingredients should be at Room Temperature.

2 large Eggs

3 Bananas - mashed*

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 Cups Bread Flour or 1 Cup Bread Flour and 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

4 Tablespoons Margarine

Regarding Nuts: Steve doesn't like them so I didn't add them to my recipe. If you happen to like nuts in your Banana Bread, add about 1/3 Cup of your favorite kind. They should be chopped.

Chocolate Chips are great in this bread recipe. About 1/2 cupful is plenty.

Bananas in the Baggie
Bananas in the Baggie

Bananas in a Baggie

*Smoosh* the bananas toward the opening and into the pan.

*Smoosh* - I think I made-up this word, but you probably understand what I'm trying to get across: a little smashing and a little mushing - *Smoosh*!

Smashed Bananas
Smashed Bananas

Banana Mashing and Smooshing

This step is great for relieving a little Tension. You'll find I've also included this step in the Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe. There's the added fun of *Smooshing* Strawberries

Eggs & Vanilla
Eggs & Vanilla

Liquid Ingredients

First 3 on the list.

Spray the inside of the Bread Machine Pan with Pam (Butter flavored is a good one for this).

Put Eggs, smooshed Banana and Vanilla in the Bread Machine Pan.

For a tasty STRAWBERRY QUICK BREAD, just replace the Bananas with Strawberries. 2 cups full, and then smoosh them.

The Machine Does Its Magic
The Machine Does Its Magic

My Beautiful Bread Machine

Together We Rock!!!

It's old, out-dated, and has been taken off the production line. But I don't care, it's a champion. A real workhorse. My wonderful Mother-in-Law gave us our first bread machine. I wore it out after a few years. There was no way I was going to live without one after knowing what they can do! So Steve and I went shopping and found the cutest little bread machine I ever saw. We brought it home and put the Little Sweetheart right to work.

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker, Black

REVIEW: Old Hitachi bread machine (vertical loaf) died. Wife was distraught. Searched the web and learned about the Zo machines. Wife found her gluten-free bread cookbook used the Zos to test their recipes. On-line reviews were almost all 5 stars. The Zo makes a horizontal, 2 lb loaf and has two mixers. It makes an outstanding loaf of bread, better than we've ever had before.

Some Dry Ingredients
Some Dry Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

Remaining Items on the List.

Place all the remaining ingredients - Bread Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Cinnamon - in the Bread Pan.

Margarine Cut into 4 pieces and put one in each corner of the bread pan.

Bread Machines on eBay

I was telling my daughter, Candra, about the Banana Bread I made when she commented that she wished she had a bread machine, too. Well, being a fan of eBay, I did a search and found one just like mine. Luckily, I out-bid someone and was able to buy the Bread Machine for Candra's birthday. I called and told her today that I was able to get something for her birthday. It would be late, but it was paid for and it's on it's way.

2011-03-12: Update: Candra and family made their first loaf of bread last night. I have yet to hear the results of that.

Loaded Bread Pan
Loaded Bread Pan

Mixing the dough...

With a Little Help from You.

Place the pan in the Bread Machine. Using the Cake / Quick Bread setting, start the machine. Cooking time on my machine is about 1 hour and 50 minutes. I make a slightly larger loaf than most of the recipes I've seen and this is a good amount of cooking time for mine. Different machines will possibly need a time adjustment (adding extra minutes or stopping the cooking a little earlier).

It has been reported that since this is a different type of dough the machines have a bit of trouble incorporating all the dry ingredients. So as the machine beeps the first time, using the rubber spatula, I very carefully help with mixing until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Stir Carefully with a rubber spatula (so as not to scratch the pan).

This is also the time for the add-ins - nuts, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, or whatever you prefer.

Now just close the lid and let the machine do its magic for you. You can easily tell when it starts cooking by that wonderful smell coming from the kitchen. Um-mm Good!

Using a Potholder
Using a Potholder

Get Your Potholders Ready

When the banana bread has finished baking, using potholders, carefully remove the pan from the machine. Set it in a safe place and let it cool for at least 10 minutes.

Removing the Bread from the Pan
Removing the Bread from the Pan

Remove The Loaf of Bread

Turn the pan upside-down on a paper towel. The bread should fall right out. If necessary, give it a little shake. Make sure the bread machine's little paddle mixer is removed from the bottom of the loaf.

I like to spray the loaf with the Butter-flavored Pam.

On the Scale
On the Scale


The Banana Bread smells so good it's difficult not to eat it right then.

If you choose to store the bread, put it in a gallon-sized freezer bag or wrap well in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer.

We use regular storage baggies and set it on the kitchen table when we're planning to eat the bread within the next few days.

This recipe makes a two-pound loaf of Banana Bread.

Into the freezer.
Into the freezer.

Ready for the Freezer

Bag it and tag it.

The first loaf was so-o-o-o yummy. It was too easy for Steve to twist my arm (ow ow) and talk me into making some more. The best way to keep the extra loaf fresh until time to eat it is, of course, to wrap it and put it in the freezer. The baggies made for the freezer are the best way to go for me. It's a good idea to mark the date on the bag. I can't imagine that we might leave it in the freezer over 3 months, but it's a good habit to stick with.

Bread Machine Baked Bread or Traditional Oven Baked Bread - What's Your Preference???

Fresh Baked Banana Bread
Fresh Baked Banana Bread

What is your preferred way to Bake the Bread?

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More 'Grandma's Bread Machine Recipes' - For Your Tasting Pleasure

Grandma's Strawberry Banana Bread

The Strawberry Banana Bread is perfect for Breakfast, Brunch, or a Snack. Here I'm having it for Breakfast with some Strawberries and a fat-free Yogurt along with the morning cup of Can't-Do-Without-It Coffee.

So, what do you suppose might be in this Bread Recipe? Maybe it should be called "The Triple-Fruit Bread Recipe" . I love a good, hearty bread that has real (versus imitation) flavors and which is also full of healthy (versus chemically engineered) ingredients.

Imagine this: Getting lazy on a nice Saturday afternoon at home with the family; watching a movie on the television, playing video games with the children, maybe even snoozing a little. Then, suddenly, you get a whiff of...BREAD BAKING!!! Nothing wakes me up more than the very appetizing aroma of bread in the machine. With it's uplifting smell wafting through the air and straight to your quivering nose. Mmm-mmm good.

Some Different Banana Bread Recipes for the Bread Machine - So many recipes, so little time...

There's more than one way to skin a cat, and there's more than one recipe for Banana Bread. Here are a few links to some of those options.

Good to the Last Crumb
Good to the Last Crumb

I'm printing a copy of this recipe myself for my "Recipe Favorites" cookbook. Each slice (when the loaf is divided into 16 pieces) has about 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 35 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
  • Yields: 16 Servings


  • 2 eggs
  • large
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • unsweetened
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 3 bananas
  • mashed*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Spray the inside of the Bread Machine Pan with Pam (Butter flavored is good to use).
  2. 1. Put Eggs, Water, Banana, and Vanilla in Bread Machine Pan.
  3. 2. Then add Bread Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Cinnamon. Make sure all the flour has been incorporated into the dough.
  4. 3. Place the pan in the Bread Machine, close the lid. Using the Cake / Quick Bread setting, start the machine .
  5. 4. When the Banana Bread is finished baking, using a potholder, carefully remove the pan from the machine. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes.
  6. 5. Turn the pan upside-down on a paper towel. The bread should fall right out. If necessary, give it a little shake. Make sure the bread machine's little paddle mixer is removed from the bottom of the loaf.
  7. The Banana Bread is good to eat right then. A regular storage baggie is good for table-top storage, if it is to be eaten within the next few days. If you want to store the bread, put it in a gallon-sized freezer bag to freeze.
  8. *A very easy - and kind of fun - way to mash the bananas: Put all three in a baggie (quart-size works well for this). Remove as much air as you can and close the baggie. *Smoosh* them with your hands (that's the fun part). Holding the bag upside down, open it over the bread pan. Working from the bottom of the baggie, *Smoosh* the bananas toward the opening and into the pan.
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4 PointsPlus per Serving
4 PointsPlus per Serving

Counting Those Points

My Weight Watchers PointsPlus, That Is.

I joined about the middle of January 2011. Since then I've become very conscious of what goes in a recipe. My Banana Bread for the Bread Machine Recipe was entered into the Weight Watcher Recipe Builder. Slicing the Banana Bread into 16 portions will give a PointsPlus value of four per slice. Not too bad for a taste of Bread Heaven.

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      FancyThatUK 4 years ago

      I love Banana Bread and I love my bread maker. We had it as a wedding gift off my aunt, as she knew I was fancying hers when we went to saty a few years ago, it is just so practical and easy to use. I made pizza dough in it for the first time last week. Will be trying your banana bread recipe soon. I usually do banana and honey loaf.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I looked at the listing of your ingredients in your banana bread online recipe and the printer friendly version. They are different. One says 1/4 c applesauce,3 T of canola oil, no margarine and the rest of ingredients, while the other says 4 T of margarine, with no applesauce or canola oil. Which one is correct?

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @anonymous: A long time ago, I made butter from the cream off of dairy milk. My children were afraid to try it because it wasn't yellow!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My sister sends me banana bread in the mail and it is perfect! I love your little lesson on smooshing the bananas, it reminded me of the days when margarine came in a big plastic bag and was white until you broke the color capsule and smooshed it around.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @anonymous: That is so great to hear. I would love to ship some bread to you. But it would be best if I teach you how to fish. ;o) Thanks very much for visiting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You are killing me with your wonderful bread recipes.... how will bread hold up in the mail, I can give you my address! ;)

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @MamaRuth: Hey, Ruth, Glad you stopped by. This is the only bread I make that my husband, Steve, will eat. Hope you like it, also.

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      I love my bread machine and am always looking for new recipes. This looks great! I can't wait to try it out.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @Countryluthier: I don't know about the photos being fattening. But you should've been here when the bread was cooking. It was very tempting to eat first and worry about photos later. ;o) Glad you came by.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      They look so good, are the photos fattening? If so, I'm in trouble, I sorta dwelled on the banana bread load. Great lens!

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Now you're scaring me. I'll be having nightmares about exploding bananas. I hope your bread machine was unharmed.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I've had a few explosions in my bread maker while experimenting with bananas. There is definitely a science and an art to it. I will refer to your recipe next time!