Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Staff Writer: Lauren Wackerly


Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 55 min

Yield: Makes one loaf


No need for a mixer for this recipe, and cleaning up is easy too! This recipe can be made in one mixing bowl!


For this recipe you want to use bananas that are very ripe. The peels should have brown spots on them and the banana insides should be squishy and starting to brown.


Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled (about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups when mashed)

  • ⅓ cup melted butter (salted or unsalted works)

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg (beaten)

  • 1tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups of all purpose flour

  • ½ cup chocolate chips or walnuts (optional)


Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉, and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.

  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fort until they are smooth. Stir the melted butter into the bananas.

  3. Mix in baking soda and salt. Stir in sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract.

  4. Gradually add the flour into the banana mixture.

  5. Add in chocolate chips or walnuts if you would like to.

  6. Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 50 min to 1 hour, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  7. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Let banana bread cool completely before serving.

  8. Slice your banana bread and serve!

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