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5 from 3 votes

Totoro Banana Bread

So cute you almost won’t want to eat him. But he tastes really good, so just do it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 389kcal


  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour 210 grams
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 18 tbsp sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons, 230grams
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or other flavorless oil, 100 grams
  • 3.5 bananas very ripe, about 1.5 cups peeled and mashed, 340grams
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • With the rack in the center of the oven, preheat to 325°F. Lightly oil and flour a standard 9x5 loaf pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and set aside.
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  • With a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat together the sugar and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Switch to low speed and slowly drizzle in the oil, taking your time.
    banana bread batter | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Add the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla, and continue to mix on low speed just until combined.
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  • Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. No flour streaks should be visible.
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  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. The banana bread should be golden brown on top and will spring back when you press it.
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  • Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes, remove from the pan and let cool completely on the wire rack. Enjoy!
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To decorate as Totoro

  • You need: candy eyes, melted dark chocolate, icing sugar, and a clean sheet of paper to make a stencil.
    When the banana bread is completely cool, slice. Make a stencil for Totoro’s belly by taking a sheet of paper and cutting out a curved belly that fits the slice of banana bread. Place the stencil over the banana bread slice and give Totoro a generous dusting of icing sugar to create his belly.
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  • Attach the candy eyes with melted chocolate and pipe out a nose, whiskers, and chest fur. Enjoy!
    totoro banana bread | www.iamafoodblog.com


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.5g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 15.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 33.6g