Tried and True Banana Bread

by Merissa on February 1, 2012

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I've been making this banana bread recipe for years. I think I may have even made a batch for the fair back when I was in 4-H and doing Bread Baking. I love making things with bananas. They are so inexpensive. I like to buy the overripe ones that are on clearance at the grocery store. I can usually pay less than $0.25 a pound if I get them that way. And in the winter when fruit deals are scarce it's nice to have something yummy and healthy that you can get a deal on!

What you need:

  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 1/4 t. baking powder
  • 1 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2/3 c. butter
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
Mix together the flour, sugar, powder, soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl mix together the butter, bananas, eggs, and milk.
Mix both mixtures together. Is there anything more beautiful than this dough? It looks like ice cream!
Pour into a greased bread pan. Bake at 350F for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I guess there is something more beautiful than the dough...the finished product! Make sure you let it cool in the pan a little while before you take it out otherwise parts of the sides or bottom might come off because they are too hot.

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1 Heather January 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

This looks yummy! One tip I learned from my mom — You can freeze bananas to use in bread later. So, as we fail to eat a banana before it becomes overripe, I stick that banana in the freezer. Before I know it, I have enough for a batch of bread!

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2 Kirsteen April 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I freeze them when they become overripe too! Great for smoothies as well.

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3 Merissa January 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I freeze bananas all the time! That’s why I don’t mind buying the overripe ones at the store because I just throw them in the freezer anyways:)

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4 Donna May 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I would love to know what mixer you use for making your breads.

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5 Merissa May 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I have a Bosch mixer and I absolutely love it.

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6 Destiny November 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Do you peel the bananas before freezing? Does it make a difference? I made the Pumkin Bread recipe you posted last week and it was fabulous. Thank you!

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7 Merissa November 29, 2011 at 8:48 am

I don’t actually. I just throw the whole banana in a large bag I keep in the freezer. I have heard of some people peeling them before though and keeping them in a bag. It works either way!

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8 Ellen February 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Hi! Sorry to chime in so late, but just discovered your site (and am having a GREAT time poking around!!). I wanted to offer a third way of freezing bananas, that I’ve had great luck with. If they go black before I have the time/energy to bake, I mash them up as if I were about to bake, doing 2-3 at a time (whatever I would use in an average Banana Bread loaf). Then I put them, mashed, in a zip lock bag, labeling the bag with the date and contents. Then when I’m ready to bake I either toss them in the fridge the night before, or let thaw by filling a bowl w/hot tap water and dropping the bag in it, and change the water a couple times. Both are super easy and give me the bananas when I want them. Thought I’d share 😀

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9 Grammy Tammi February 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This is perfect timing that you post this today! I just had a friend give me her “over ripe” bananas. She was actually getting ready to throw them in the trash!!! I brought them home, peeled them and tossed them in a ziploc bag. I’m going to be using your recipe to make banana bread to take to home fellowship on Thursday night. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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10 Candas April 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I just made this recipe. Hopefully it will taste good.

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11 Candas April 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

The beard turned out yummy

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12 Merissa April 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Good! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

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13 Candas June 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Bannan in a bread making machine?

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14 Kirsteen April 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I’ll be trying this recipe. I have a decent one but always love to try someone else’s recipes too! Can’t wait!! :)

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15 Darnell Davis January 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Do you have a recipe to make hamburger buns without the bread machine? I don’t have one. Thanks! Just recently found your site and I really enjoy it. Though it is only my husband and I at home now, I do enjoy cooking for others and I’m learning to save money and time. I enjoy making different kinds of jelly and I hope to do some canning this year. Have you ever tried root beer or pink grapefruit jelly?
Thanks, Darnell

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16 Merissa January 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

These Burger Buns can be made without a bread machine. Instead of using a Dough cycle you will just need to knead them yourself or with a stand mixer before letting them rise. I haven’t yet made Root Beer or Pink Grapefruit Jelly, I’d like to though!

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17 katherine February 9, 2015 at 4:57 am

Would this recipe work well with gluten free flour?

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18 Merissa February 9, 2015 at 6:53 am

You might want to try this recipe for Gluten Free Banana Bread.

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