Best Banana Bread Recipe

I don’t know what it is about bananas at my house but they either get eaten up so quickly that I have to snag one for myself before they disappear…or they sit untouched and we are forced to whip up a batch of banana bread.  Does that happen at your house too?

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If so…then I want to share my favorite Banana Bread Recipe with you.  This recipe bakes up a perfect, moist loaf of banana bread.  And…I don’t have to force anyone to eat it up as it disappears quickly.

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I like to use the extra long bread loaf pans from IKEA rather than the regular sized bread loaf pans.  The pans measure 4.5 inches by 12 inches in length.  The pans seem to allow the bread to bake evenly throughout the entire loaf, ensuring that the middle of the bread is able to cook fully without the outer layer becoming dry and burnt.

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Banana Bread Recipe

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

2 tsps. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup mashed banana (2 to 3 medium ripe bananas)

1/3 cup shortening or butter

2 Tbsp. milk

2 eggs

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

1.  In a large mixer combine the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add mashed bananas.

2.  Mix in the butter (shortening) and the milk and beat together for about 2 minutes.

3.  Add in the eggs and the flour until well blended.  Stir in the nuts if adding them.

4.  Pour batter into a greased bread loaf pan (8 x 4 x 2 inches or the longer 4.5 by 12 inch pan).

5.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

6.  Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then remove from pan and finish cooling on the wire rack. 

*recipe from BHG

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If you are not in the mood for Banana Bread and want to use up your ripe bananas in a different recipe, you might want to try another one of our family’s favorite cake recipes…This one is always a big hit…

Cinnamon Banana Cake

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Zucchini Bread Recipe

As promised, here is the zucchini bread recipe we love to use for making Zucchini Bread.  A few days ago I shared with you are version of Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake if you missed it.  If you are like us…your garden tends to be overrun with zucchini and you need to have some great recipes to help you use it all up.

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We have tried a few different recipes out there and we tend to keep coming back to this one.  One of the main reasons I love this zucchini bread recipe is the replacement of applesauce for the oil.

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Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil OR 1 cup applesauce + 1/2 cup extra flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat three eggs together in mixer.
  3. Add in applesauce (oil), sugar and vanilla and beat until it is foamy.
  4. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Grease and flour loaf pans.
  6. Pour batter into two regular size loaf pans or 3 mini loaf pans.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a clean toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
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As always…I would love to know if you end up making it and what you think!  And…I have one more Zucchini Recipe to share with you here later.  So be sure to check back if you are interested.

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