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Best Banana Bread Recipe

I’m a purist when it comes to banana bread: no nuts, no chocolate, no dried banana chips. I like my banana bread to taste like bananas. I love how something magical happens when bananas are baked; the sugars caramelize and intensify, making the bananas taste even more banana-y.

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I’m always tempted to have a slice of banana bread when I go out for coffee, but I rarely give in because I usually end up disappointed. Too often store bought banana breads are too oily, too dry, or too bland.

The cure, of course, is homemade banana bread. I’m forever trying out new recipes in search of the one. To me, the ultimate banana bread needs to be moist, tender and filled with banana-iness.

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This Bon Appetit recipe yielded a dark, moist, chewy loaf. There was plenty of banana flavour, but I just don’t think it’s the one for me. I like my loaves with a more mounded, domed top. I’m not give up my quest just yet, but in the meantime, I’m going to add this recipe to my tasty list.

Best Banana Bread Recipe from bonappetit.com

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a mini loaf pan (5 3/4 x 3 1/4-inch) with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, bananas, and oil in a large bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and stir just until combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.

Bake until a tester inserted into the center of bread comes out clean, 40-50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let bread cool in pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around inside of pan to release the bread. Turn out onto rack and let cool completely. DO AHEAD: Banana bread can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

**I used 3 tiny, tiny loaf pans instead of the mini loaf pan listed above.

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36 Commentsadd yours

  1. wow steph! another amazing recipe :)

    I swear if you were my age, i’d have flown down and married you :P

    Anyway, I’m really glad you started updating your blog again.

    Love from India!

    PS: Damn I wish it were easier to get ingredients here…

    Dhruv Talwar on March 15, 2013 at 7:28 am
  2. Give smitten kitchens “jacked-up banana bread” a try. It’s my go to recipe, never fails to impress.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE BANANA BREAD!

  4. Banana bread is a firm favourite of mine- I can’t wait to try out this version!

  5. The Flour bakery banana bread recipe from Joanna Chang is my favorite. You may want to give it a try.

  6. I jut had it and it was awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Like you I love my banana bread as well. Can’t wait to try this out :D

  8. I went on a slightly manic search for the perfect banana bread recipe last year, and while I hesitate to call mine “perfect” (when is a recipe ever?), I’m pretty happy with it right now. :) just omit the nuts and it should hopefully hit the spot!

    http://dubdew.com/2012/07/24/bananarama/

  9. They look so cute! I love a good banana bread so will be sure to try this out :)

  10. Mmmm, I love banana bread, yours looks delicious!

  11. good
    food

  12. sembra buonissimo! adoro questa ricetta.

  13. IT IS HEAVEN

    Miguel Garcia on April 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm
  14. 好美味的食品!香蕉面包我很喜欢的甜品!44

  15. Sweet with Banana,Very Nice

  16. This is a yummy banana bread for sure.

  17. America’s test kitchen’s “Ultimate Banana Bread” is knock your socks off good. Plus they habve a ton of tips to ensure the perfect loaf.

    http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/detail.php?docid=25349

  18. Love banana bread , I often take old banana,s from the pantry that looks destine for the bin and turn it into bread but will give ur recipe a try thanks ,

  19. Thanks for the information, yummy is look so delicious, I like to eat that banana bread first, which is my favorite.

  20. Gosh that looks gorgeous! I agree, banana bread is best unadulterated, although sometimes I think a few raisins can’t go amiss. Lovely blog!

    http://thepescetarianpantry.blogspot.co.uk

  21. This is the first time I’ve seen a banana bread recipe with 1 banana. Normally they call anywhere from 3-5 bananas. There was enough banana-ness, you said? Interesting.

    This is the one that I normally use:
    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/

    And it has the dome that you’re looking for. ;-)

  22. Great! I will surely try this at home.

  23. Really nice recipe! I will make it at home…Thanks for the lovely dish.

  24. I love the flour bakery recipe! It’s my new favorite.

  25. Awesome food blog. I am really happy to see the Best Banana Recipe in the nice Food Blog.
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. Wonderful! It look so delicious, i knew banana bread in england and now i love it!

  27. I love your blog! I recently discovered it and will surely follow your posts. This banana bread recipe looks delicious :D Can’t wait to try it myself.

  28. Hi,

    I cook Banna Bread the way you cooked.It won’t be too oily too?

  29. Thank you, for the simple recipe. I am going to use this one for my banana bread. :)

  30. this recipe is somehow similar to the Banana cake that we have here in our country. wanna taste that one ♥

    amber asoque on August 8, 2013 at 6:41 am
  31. My absolute go to favorite recipe is from the Flour Bakery cookbook by Joanna Chang. So good every time and it always gets compliments. I also freeze my super ripe bananas and I’ve noticed that brings out the banana-y flavor.

  32. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! I just used 1/4 of sugar rather than 1/2 and it’s still scrumptious!!!

    Victoria Doan on November 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm
  33. Hi Steph,

    I am definitely going to try this recipe for banana bread! I usually don’t make it from scratch and instead use the box recipe. However, I find that after the banana bread is booked, it’s too oily or doesn’t taste right. I also find it hard to tell if it is cooked properly and because of this I often burn the edges or the bottom! I hope your recipe works for me! Thank you!

    - Maira Sarwar

    Maira Sarwar on November 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm
  34. i’m not a frequent baker, but when i do, i always try out different recipes with good reviews.
    this is a very simple recipe that outputs a flavorful and moist banana bread that my family loves.
    the difference was that i used bread flour instead of all purpose, and reduced the sugar down to 1/4 cup with double portion everything else to suit our low sugar preference.
    thanks for sharing! :)

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