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The Best Banana Bread and Muffins

The Best EVER Banana Bread Recipe

When I was in college there came a day when I felt like I needed to start baking things.  I was a nanny for 2 boys who were in elementary school, and they loved eating sweets and baked goods.  My go-to was a  zucchini bread.  Delicious? Yes.  Healthy?  Um, this could be debated, but I always had an excuse to make it because the vegetable garden yielded tons of zucchini’s every spring…..HUGE zucchinis.  I’d make bread for my family, friends, families from the boy’s school…the zucchini was never ending.  Eventually I decided to attempt some other breads…how hard could it be?  I tried cranberry lemon bread, chocolate walnut bread, pumpkin bread (with chocolate chips, YUM!), and then finally the simplest of all, banana bread.  I tried several recipes until I finally found one that was best from Simply Recipes.  Moist, banana-y, sometimes with nuts or sometimes without…it was perfect.  Hundred’s of loafs and muffins later, I am still using the same recipe.  It is so easy and simple, yet so perfect.  It can be made in a loaf, a cake, muffins…the options are endless.

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The Best EVER Banana Bread Recipe

The Best Banana Bread or Muffins Ever
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Ingredients
  1. 3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  2. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. Pinch of salt
  8. 1 1/2 cups flour
  9. 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix butter and bananas in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add the sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix well. Add baking soda and salt and mix. Add the flour last, and mix until just combined. You don't want to over mix. Add nuts if desired.
  2. 2. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan or muffin tin. Bake for 1 hour for the loaf, or 22-25 minutes for the muffins. Test with toothpick for doneness.
  3. 3. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
Notes
  1. For a bit of a healthier take, divide flour and use 3/4 cup white flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour. Still comes out delicious!
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The Best EVER Banana Bread Recipe

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.

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Comments

  1. ooohhhhhhhhhhhhh…YUMM!!!!

  2. those look great. I love the little brown cooked strands of fibre and banana you get in things like this – so pretty.

  3. I have a lot of old bananas in the freezer and have been meaning to make some banana bread. I always just google the recipe. This time I’m trying yours!

  4. Making these tonight! Hubby needs a quick on the go breakfast in the morning and I’ve been on a muffin kick!

  5. I made these this morning. AMAZING. Seriously.

  6. I use a recipe nearly identical to this. I love it. FYI: also makes good banana bread bread pudding!

  7. Yum! Thanks! Made both muffins and loaf tonight. We used 3/4 cup of sugar and added both 1/2-1/3 cup of nuts and 1/2 cup+ of chocolate chips. With a little less sugar, they are perfectly sweet. Thanks! This is a good simple recipe.

  8. Thank you for this….I am from snow covered Michigan, but for two weeks i am in heaven!! Out in LA spending some cherished time with my oldest daughter and her hubby and 10 month beautiful grandson. We had a little pile of bananas and I popped onto my Pinterest and searched ‘banana bread’ and yours came up top & center. i hit print and could not believe how simple you made it….I had all of my things lined up and put the mixer away…hahaha So simple and their home is smelling WONDERFUL…..24 min to go! Yummm Thank you again!!

  9. i made this recipe with a couple modifications and it was DELICIOUS! Thanks for a great base for me to experiment with! :)

    instead of 1 1/2 cups of AP flour, i used 3/4 cup AP flour, 1/4 cup oat flour, and 2/3 cup whole wheat flour. i also added about 1/2 cup of orange juice (my secret ingredient for banana bread!) and 1 tsp cinnamon. i meant to add flax seeds (i like the texture they add) but forgot them!

    anyway, the bread came out super moist and delicious, maybe a bit more dense because of the oat flour, but i like the added fiber.

    thanks for the inspiration!

    • Wow! Those sound like great modifications Sam! Nothing like making it a lot healthier! I am happy to hear it came out so well, too. I am going to have to try that!

  10. Frannie Leonard says:

    This has become my go to recipe for Banana Bread- so simple- and delicious! I do modify the sugar and add chocolate chips instead of nuts.

    • So happy you love it! We often leave out the nuts too (just because I don’t always have them on hand), and we add chocolate chips too! I actually posted this recipe with chocolate chips as well! So tasty! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Can I make this with my adjustments and still get the great flavor? I don’t use white sugar – I use agave mostly; and my son is a gluten free eater — so we’ll be using a gluten free flour. I sometimes use Bob’s Red Mill products, or I can just make oatmeal flour at home.

    • Elizabeth- I am not sure. The only subs I have made have been with whole wheat flour and less sugar. You can definitely try it out, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The flavor might not be exactly the same, but I am sure it would still be delicious. If you do try it, please let me know how it turns out. Also, thanks for sharing my Milky Way Caramel Cheesecake Brownies on Facebook :-)

  12. I’m making this recipe for a second time right now with one small change: I’m making a double batch so we won’t run out so quickly!

  13. Found your recipe via Pinterest. Trying this tomorrow. So excited! Slightly off topic but I see you, too, are a nanny. Do you have any go-to recipes for picky eaters? I am a mom of a 2-year old and nanny of two tweens and am always struggling. Thanks in advance!

  14. BEST BANANA BREAD EVER!!! I make it almost every week or so and I usually triple it and share with neighbors and friends. Everyone loves it.

  15. Heather K says:

    So I just made these today and they are SOOOOO good. I did muffins, and the tops are just lovely – all caramelized and delicious, and the rest of the muffin is super moist. I used a gf baking mix – just a generic one you find at most grocery stores, and had no issues following the recipe exactly. No need for alterations or expensive gf flours.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for this recipe. It is seriously the easiest and most delicious banana bread I have ever made. It is my go to recipe. I can’t wait for it to come out of the oven, 40 Minutes and counting!

  17. I have some ripe bananas in the freezer, I’m going to make this tomorrow I think. I love banana bread.

  18. This banana bread is the best! We use this recipe to make mini muffins to freeze for our daughter’s breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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