sweet banana bread recipe

I’ve been on a bread making kick lately. I’ve been trying out making various kinds of quick breads lately. I’ve found that I love having them for breakfast in the morning so I’ve been making sure I have a nice little treat to take in for work. They’re easy to put together and making them from scratch lets me control the sugar content and add in the spices that I particularly like. I’m remembering why I like baking my own stuff so much!

One week I bought bananas specifically to make banana bread. I noticed someone kept eating all of the bananas so I’ve have to buy more to compensate. I guess I need to leave a memo. “These bananas are for bread only! No eating!”

I’m actually not really a fan of eating plain bananas. Something about the texture of bananas really weirds me out. Once they start to really ripen I really won’t touch them. Mushy bananas give me the willeys I just refuse to eat them. But they’re totally fine all mushed up into banana bread! I get the flavor without the weird texture and I’m a happy camper.

Sweet Banana Bread
Adapted from this recipe on Simply Recipes

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (I use freshly grated!)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a loaf pan (4×8).

Peel and mash the bananas with a fork in a bowl. Set aside.

Mix together sugar and melted butter. Added in the beaten egg and vanilla. Add in mashed bananas.

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix into the wet ingredients.

Add in chopped pecans. Pour into the greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Toothpick should come out clean!

Gobble up and eat a piece. Then share with others.

Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

6 Replies to “sweet banana bread recipe

  1. I find that when I buy green bananas and they are turning ripe, there’s only a three-day window of perfect bananas that are neither too green or too mushy. I agree about mushy bananas — gross!

    1. I bought a whole bunch of bananas last week intending to make more banana bread this week… and now there’s only one banana left! Damn, I’m going to have to buy a whole bunch more bananas. I usually use them when they have a ton of brown spots all over them.

  2. Hi Carol – Thanks!

    Hi Sandy – They are good in smoothies, too. I haven’t made any smoothies in a while. Probably because it’s been too cold in the morning!

    Hi Tina – Glad to hear your family loved it! Thanks for the other recipe!

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