Quick & Easy Banana Bread Recipe (Classic Banana Bread)

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This quick & easy banana bread recipe tastes delicious and is just like grandma’s old fashioned classic banana bread. It takes only 10 minutes or so to make this moist banana bread before putting in the oven. In addition, it only uses simple ingredients such as flour, butter, eggs, sugar… and of course, bananas. If you are looking for an easy & classic banana bread recipe with nuts, please try out our Walnut Banana Bread recipe.

The key to great banana bread is RIPE bananas! Not green bananas. Not even perfectly yellow bananas. The best bananas (for banana bread) are those bananas which are a little soft and have lots of small black & brown spots on the yellow banana peel. Hard unripe green or yellow bananas have too much starch and are not very flavorful. In contrast, ripe bananas are sweeter, softer and have much more delicious banana flavor. Therefore, the best tasting banana breads are made with ripe bananas!!

Key Ingredient – Ripe Bananas

Classic Banana BreadAs you probably know, banana bread is a type of quick bread. Quick breads use baking soda and/or baking powder to rise versus using yeast. Because quick breads rely on baking soda/powder, they rise more quicker than yeast breads. Most banana breads need only 70 minutes or so in the oven before they have risen & are fully cooked. Therefore, great tasting & moist banana breads are easy AND relatively quick to make! They are a perfect dessert or lunch snack. Also once you have mastered this simple banana bread recipe, you can move onto more “advanced” banana bread variations such as Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Blueberry Banana Bread, No Butter Banana Bread, Vegan Banana Bread, etc. Or you can easily turn this banana bread into delicious Banana Bread Muffins.

This easy banana bread recipe should take you roughly 10 minutes to prepare and clean up. Please be aware that this is an oven-baked banana bread recipe. It is not made with a bread machine. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s section on easy Banana Bread Recipes. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of this page. If you like this recipe, we hope you will leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks!

Quick & Easy Banana Bread – Delicious!!

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Ingredients – Quick & Easy Banana Bread Recipe (Classic Banana Bread)

  • 8 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 – Large Eggs
  • 3 – Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups – Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon – Salt
  • Optional – 1 Cup – Chopped Walnuts or Chocolate Chips

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe – Measuring cup & spoons, mixing bowl, long wooden spoon, 9 by 5 bread pan, oven mitts, silicon spatula, cooling rack and an oven.
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Instructions – Quick & Easy Banana Bread Recipe (Classic Banana Bread)

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften butter in a microwave.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and butter together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients. Stir until the batter is fully mixed.
  • Optional – If you want to enhance this “basic” easy banana bread, you can stir in 1 cup of your family’s favorite dessert ingredient (i.e. chocolate chips or chopped walnuts) after you have mixed the batter.
  • Pour the finished batter into a nonstick bread pan. Smooth out the top of the batter within the bread pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 65-70 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take out of oven and let the banana bread cool down in the bread pan for 10 minutes. Do not remove the banana bread from the bread pan during this 10 minute cool down period. Use oven mitts as the bread pan will be very hot coming out of the oven.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Place the banana bread on a cooling rack in order to completely cool. This cool down may take 1-2 hours. Gently slide a silicon spatula between the banana bread and the bread pan walls if the banana bread is stuck in the pan.

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Tips – Quick & Easy Banana Bread Recipe (Simple Banana Bread Recipe)

  • The tips below are designed to help banana bread “novices” and/or people with limited baking experience.
  • Optional – You can “enhance” this easy banana bread by adding 1 cup of your family’s favorite dessert ingredient such as chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, blueberries, golden raisins, cranberries, etc.
  • Use RIPE bananas for improved taste. Ripe bananas are soft and the exterior peel is usually yellow with small black & brown spots. Hard yellow/green(ish) bananas are too starchy and have less banana flavor.
  • Make sure to use 3 large bananas (not 3 medium bananas). Otherwise, this easy banana bread might turn out to be a little dry.
  • In case, you like to use cups versus banana “sizes”… 3 medium-sized bananas equal roughly 1 to 1 1/4 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). 3 large-sized bananas equal roughly 1 1/3 to 1 2/3 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). Of course, banana sizes can vary greatly… and my version of medium and large-sized bananas may differ from yours!
  • If you are looking for something more “advanced” than this easy banana bread recipe, you should visit Bread Dad’s main Banana Bread Recipes section. It has recipes that show you how to make chocolate chip banana bread, cranberry banana bread, butterscotch banana bread, blueberry banana bread and many more.
  • This doesn’t happen often but if the top of the banana bread looks too moist or under cooked, you should try the “toothpick test”. Gently push a toothpick into the top of the bread and see if any batter sticks to the toothpick. If batter is sticking to the toothpick then it hasn’t completely cooked. Place the bread pan back into the still hot oven for another 2 or 3 minutes. Make sure to wear oven gloves because the bread pan will be very hot. After the 2 or 3 minutes, remove the bread pan and test the banana bread again with a tooth pick.
  • If you have a problem with a banana bread recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct oven temperature), using the correct amounts of ingredients (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measuring cup or accidentally add a tablespoon when a teaspoon is called for), using the correct ingredients (i.e. baking soda/powder versus yeast or all purpose flour versus bread flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • In addition, you should always try to use relatively fresh baking soda & powder for the best results. For example, using baking soda from an open container (that has been deodorizing your refrigerator for months) may lead to subpar results. Old & hard baking soda/powder may lead to rising problems and/or leave small bitter clumps in your easy banana bread.
  • For more classic banana bread recipes (i.e. blueberry, cranberry, chocolate chip, vegan, oatmeal, etc.), please visit Bread Dad’s main Banana Bread Recipes section. Or try some of our Banana Bread Muffins Recipes.

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe – Questions

What is banana bread?

Banana bread is a type of sweet “quick bread” focused on the wonderful taste of bananas. It is much more similar to a muffin or cake than a sandwich-type bread. You can make many different banana bread variations including Blueberry Banana Bread, Brown Sugar Banana Bread, Cranberry Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, No Butter Banana Bread, Vegan Banana Bread, Walnut Banana Bread & many more. Banana breads are perfect as a snack, breakfast treat or lunch/dinner dessert.

Banana bread and other sweet quick bread recipes generally use baking soda and/or baking powder as a leavening agent (which helps the banana bread to rise). Banana breads do not use slow rising bread yeast as a leavening agent (unlike regular sandwich type breads).

Can I make banana bread without butter?

Yes, you can make banana bread without butter. You just need to substitute vegetable oil for the butter. They are almost equal substitutes. For example, 1 tablespoon of butter equals 3/4 to 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (depending on the oil used). In addition, when making banana bread, you should use a neutral flavored vegetable oil (i.e. corn or canola oil).

Many people like to make “no butter” banana breads because they have run out of butter or they are trying to reduce the saturated fat in their diet. Therefore, if you are looking for a classic banana bread recipe made without butter, you should try our easy Banana Bread with Oil recipe.

I want to make my banana bread special. What other ingredients can I add to banana bread?

You can add a ton of different ingredients to a classic banana bread recipe in order to make it special & a hit with your family. Some common ingredients that people like to add to basic banana bread include blueberries, chocolate chips, cranberries, chopped walnuts, peanut butter, butterscotch chips, etc. If you would like to see recipes for a wide variety of moist banana breads with lots of different flavors, you should visit our section on Easy Banana Bread Variations.

My grandmother made banana bread with walnuts. Do you have a recipe for a classic banana bread with walnuts?

If you are looking for an old fashioned banana bread with walnuts, you should try our Walnut Banana Bread recipe. It is delicious and easy to make. In contrast, the recipe on this page is for a classic banana bread without nuts and is for people who dislike nuts or who have a nut allergy.

Is banana bread a type of quick bread?

Yes, banana bread is a type of sweet quick bread. In the United States, quick breads are breads that use faster rising baking soda/powder and do not use slower rising bread yeasts. Other types of quick breads include beer bread, carrot bread, cornbread, etc. Check out our Quick Bread Recipes section for many different sweet quick bread recipes.

I have run out of bananas. Can I make a similar type of quick bread dessert?

If you have run out of bananas and can’t easily get to the store, you can make an applesauce bread. An applesauce bread tastes very similar to banana bread. It just has a mild apple flavor versus a banana flavor. Moreover, an applesauce bread uses most of the same ingredients as a banana bread (well except the bananas!). You can also easily add your family’s favorite dessert ingredient (i.e. chocolate chips or blueberries) in order to “enhance” your applesauce bread and make it a special treat.

Can I make muffins from banana bread recipes?

Yes. It is very easy to make muffins from banana bread recipes. You are essentially taking the banana bread batter, pouring/scooping it into muffin trays and creating banana bread muffins. Check out our Easy Muffin Recipes section for many great banana bread muffin ideas (such as our Blueberry Banana Muffins, Cranberry Banana Muffins, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins and No Butter Banana Muffins).

What other fruit can I add to banana bread?

Besides bananas, you can add a huge variety of fruit to banana bread. For example, you can add fresh fruit such as blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, etc. You can also add dried fruit such as golden raisins, dried cranberries, etc. You can also mix & match! Anyone for blueberry & cranberry banana bread?!!

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Quick & Easy Banana Bread Recipe (Classic Banana Bread)

This quick & easy banana bread recipe tastes delicious and is just like grandma's old fashioned classic banana bread. It takes only 10 minutes or so to make this banana bread before putting in the oven. In addition, it only uses simple ingredients such as butter, eggs, sugar… and of course, bananas. For more great banana bread recipes, please visit Bread Dad (BreadDad.com).
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, banana bread recipe, classic banana bread, classic banana bread recipe, easy banana bread, easy banana bread recipe, quick & easy banana bread
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 3 Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften butter in a microwave.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and butter together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients. Stir until the batter is fully mixed.
  • Optional – If you want to enhance this easy “basic” banana bread, you can stir in 1 cup of your family’s favorite dessert ingredient (i.e. chocolate chips or chopped walnuts) after you have mixed the batter.
  • Pour the finished batter into a nonstick bread pan. Smooth out the top of the batter within the bread pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 65-70 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take out of oven and let the banana bread cool down in the bread pan for 10 minutes. Do not remove the banana bread from the bread pan during this 10 minute cool down period. Use oven mitts as the bread pan will be very hot coming out of the oven.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Place the banana bread on a cooling rack in order to completely cool. This cool down may take 1-2 hours. Gently slide a silicon spatula between the banana bread and the bread pan walls if the banana bread is stuck in the pan.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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