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!


2 Kirsteen April 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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


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:)


4 Donna May 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

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


5 Merissa May 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I have a Bosch mixer and I absolutely love it.


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!


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!


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 😀


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!


10 Candas April 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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


11 Candas April 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

The beard turned out yummy


12 Merissa April 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Good! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


13 Candas June 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Bannan in a bread making machine?


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!! 🙂


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


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!


17 katherine February 9, 2015 at 4:57 am

Would this recipe work well with gluten free flour?


18 Merissa February 9, 2015 at 6:53 am

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


19 Michelle April 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

Is this supposed to go into 1 loaf pan or 2? My pan seemed too full for one pan, but I searched your recipe and it said nothing about 2 pans. However, at about 15 minuted into cooking my pan started overflowing! I have a mess in my oven and have had to stop baking for fear of a fire. Just wondering? I guess I’ll have to use 2 pans next time or search for a much bigger loaf pan, though I’ve never had trouble with this pan in the past being too small for any of my banana bread recipes.


20 Jennifer Smith March 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Made 6 muffins and bread/loaf to prevent overflow – was perfect. Cut sugar in half and for my fam will cut down more next time. Great texture! TY!


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