Classic Banana Bread

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Author Notes: I think I made this banana bread about three times a week in high school. It never gets old. My friends prefer it with chocolate added, but I like the original version best. ChristineB

Makes one loaf

  • 3 overripe bananas (the blacker the better, unless they're moldy!)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (unsalted), at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; move rack to lower-middle position. Generously grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Beat bananas with an electric mixer until smooth. Add brown sugar, butter, and eggs, and mix until completely incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. Stir in the walnuts and/or chocolate chips, if you're using them.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake for one hour, or until bread is a deep brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

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4 months ago NatPavi

Made this last night for a meeting with my coworkers today and it was an absolute hit! I subbed the flour for gluten free flour from my grocery store (one of my coworkers is allergic to gluten), added dark chocolate chips and laid long slices of banana across the top of the mix before baking. Absolutely gorgeous. It didn't even last a half hour in our meeting before being gobbled up!


8 months ago pildora

Hi, I have made this recipe several times. But I don´t know why often, the center never raise. Could you give me some advice? thks


about 1 year ago Cindy Vallon

Hey! Just wanted to say that I tried this recipe out yesterday and got rave reviews. It made a rookie look like a pro. Thanks a lot!


over 1 year ago bozhena

love this recipe. thank you very much.


over 4 years ago bd20009

This is my new go-to banana bread recipe! I had been using a different recipe for about the last 20 years and I thought that one was the best. This one is even better. I think the additional amount of walnuts plus the brown sugar rather than white sugar makes a big difference. The crust browned up nicely and had a sweet crunch to it that my boyfriend loved.


over 4 years ago ChristineB

I'm so glad you liked it!! :)


about 5 years ago ChristineB

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! The recipe makes yummy muffins too, especially when topped with a buttery streusel :)


over 4 years ago DeArmasA

oooh, i'm gonna try the muffins now - thanks for the heads up!


about 5 years ago DeArmasA

You were not kidding!! SOOOOOOOO yummy. I appreciated the instruction about the lower middle position of the rack - that made a difference given that I had 4 bananas and so I used them and that added 35 minutes to the cook time.