Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Bake all of your worries away with moist, sweet, and easy Banana Bread!

Banana Bread is a popular and versatile bread flavor that’s great for breakfast, desserts, or snacks. Everyone in your family will surely love it for its fruity, milky, and pleasant quality.

It’s not just bread with bananas, because it is made special with creamy and sweet chocolate chips on top. Nothing beats an easy Banana Bread recipe that you can bake at home with love.

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Whether you’re a beginner or not, the easy Banana Bread is always the perfect recipe to start with. It uses simple ingredients yet the results you will get are truly fantastic!

Banana Bread Nutrition

Below are the nutrition facts for one serving of this recipe. The total servings for this banana bread recipe are ten slices.

SERVING: 1 (of 10 slices)Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 34g
Protein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat:1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3g
Cholesterol: 53mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 145mg
Fiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 295IU
Vitamin C:2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg

How to Make Easy Banana Bread

From now on, your bananas will never go to waste because you can transform them into bread for everyday dining. Simply put, it’s just all about making bread, but with bananas!

Let me tell you everything you need to know about Banana Bread.

“All sorrows are less with this BANANA BREAD RECIPE.”

Ingredients

Here’s a list of everything you need to cook Banana Bread:

Bananas 

Why are bananas some of the best fruits to add to bread?

Bananas have a mildly sweet and milky flavor that makes dishes and drinks tastier. They also have a soft, creamy, and tender texture that you can easily mix and mash into bread batters.

In this recipe, I suggest using ripe bananas for a guaranteed burst of fruity and creamy flavors. You can also go for overripe bananas for a sweeter flavor. Bananas certainly give a pleasant flavor to bread, desserts, smoothies, and even snacks.

Health Benefits of Bananas

  • The fiber you can get from bananas can be good for your digestion.
  • Healthline mentioned that bananas are low in calories to help promote weight loss.
  • Bananas are also known to be effective power foods to boost your energy.
  • According to WebMD, bananas are rich in potassium for a healthy heart.
  • These fruits can also boost brain function for better memory and focus.

There is no doubt that bananas are great for your appetite and health in many ways. You can do so many recipes with bananas and every dish or drink is guaranteed to give you the best experience!

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Chocolate chips 

Let’s make the Banana Bread special with chocolate chips!

Don’t worry, it’s perfectly fine to add chocolate chips to the bread. They add a rich sweet flavor and fudgy quality. Once it melts inside and on top of the bread, you’ll love how good it tastes with the bananas.

Just like bananas, chocolates can be good for you too. In fact, it can help you relax, relieve stress, and improve mental health. You can also use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or any kind of chocolate for the bread.

Flour 

It won’t be a bread recipe without bread.

In all bread recipes, you will definitely need flour. It gives the shape and form of the bread to get the perfect structure. The flour also makes the bread fluffy and decadent. Gluten from flour will give your bread the perfect shape.

You will need the flour to make the bread tender on the inside for a chewy texture. It also serves as a thickener for the batter. I usually use this for Plantain Bread, Fluffy Donuts, and Almond Loaf Cake!

Leavening agents

Get fluffy Banana Bread with leavening agents.

It won’t be a real bread recipe without leavening agents. I suggest using baking powder and baking soda to give the Banana Bread a light and airy quality. The leavening agents will cause the batter to expand as it cooks.

According to Master Class, baking powder is good for bread, cookies, and cakes for the best texture. Meanwhile, baking soda can do wonders for the crumbs of the bread. Overall, they truly work wonders for the bread.

Butter 

Intensify the bread’s aroma and flavor with butter in the batter.

Everything is truly better with butter. It surely adds a custard-like flavor and a buttery fragrance to the dish. The butter can also help with the flaky and golden brown quality of the bread.

Epicurious mentioned that fats like butter can improve the crust and height of the bread. In fact, the butter can even prolong the bread’s shelf life. I’m sure you will love the texture that it brings to the dish.

Eggs

The easy Banana Bread will not be complete without eggs.

In bread recipes, eggs serve plenty of purposes. For one, it acts as a binder to hold everything together for the right structure and flavor. Eggs also help leaven the bread for the rise that it needs.

Adding eggs will give the bread a good layer of moisture and a fluffy and soft quality. These can also enhance the flavor of the bread for t he best flavor. I often use these to cook other pastries like Coconut Cake and Plantain Bread too.

Milk 

Make your Banana Bread even better with milk.

Be sure to add milk if you want to enrich the quality of the bread. It will give the dish a creamy and mildly sweet taste to complement the bananas. The crust of the bread will surely have better color and texture.

Milk also serves as a binding ingredient to make the best batter for the bread. Even the nutrients from milk can make the bread healthier. Every bite is truly going to be tender and soft.

Seasoning 

What seasoning should you use for Banana Bread?

I suggest using sea salt, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract to balance the overall flavors of the bread. After trying different combinations, I realized that these options offered the best combination for the perfect flavor.

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As a result of using these ingredients, you can ensure that you bake an easy Banana Bread recipe. Now, prepare to bake Banana Bread that every family member will undoubtedly love! 

Directions

Let’s get baking!

  1. Peel and mash the bananas with a fork or a masher.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Mix the softened butter and cane sugar in a glass bowl until creamy and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until well mixed.
  5. Then, add the mashed bananas.
  6. Sieve the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  7. Fold them together using a spatula.
  8. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. 

Time to bake!

  1. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Then, pour in the batter.
  3. Garnish it with more chocolate chips on top. 
  4. In a preheated oven, bake the bread at 160°C (350º F) for one hour or until completely baked.
  5. Let it cool, slice, and serve!
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Quick Tip!

Note: Check the cake for doneness by inserting a cake tester or toothpick. Once the cake tester comes out clean, you can remove the bread from the oven.

How did your Banana Bread turn out? Is it as heavenly as you expected it to be? If so, enjoy it with your favorite drinks and make the most of every bite!

Tips

Bananas

Buying bananas
  • According to The Spruce Eats, go for ripe bananas that are yellow with specs of brown.
  • They should also feel plump and full.
  • Avoid bananas with discoloration or bruises. 
Storing bananas
  • Unripe bananas can be stored at room temperature.
  • Once ripe, place them in the fridge.

Making chocolate

You need cocoa nibs, coconut oil, milk powder, and confectioners’ sugar to make your chocolate.  

  1. Bake the cocoa nibs in the oven for three minutes at 150°C.
  2. Once cooled, mill them on high speed.
  3. Then, mix the milk cocoa nibs with the milk powder, sugar, and oil.
  4. Mill them together until you achieve a thick texture. 
  5. Pour the batter into a chocolate mold. Alternatively, pipe small amounts on a lined tray.
  6. Refrigerate for at least four hours.
  7. Finally, transfer them into resealable bags to store!

I also have a Dark Chocolate recipe that you can try at home!

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Easy Banana Bread Variations

No Banana Bread recipe is too complicated to make.

For the bananas, I suggest using either ripe or overripe bananas to get the sweet flavors that you want. They will be easy to mash and mix into the batter to fully infuse the bread with their flavors.

On the other hand, there are lots of kinds of chocolates you can use. You can go for milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or other variants available to you. Instead of making your own chocolate, you can buy from stores as well.

For toppings and added ingredients, I also suggest nuts, dried fruits, coffee, avocados, berries, buttermilk, butterscotch, pecans, raisins, cream cheese, coconut flakes, and so much more.

You can also try a gluten-free variant by replacing the flour with almond flour or oat flour. Aside from sugar, sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, and stevia can be used to make the bread tastier. 

To make a vegan version, you can switch the eggs with egg substitutes and milk with plant-based milk like almond milk or coconut milk. How do you usually customize your Banana Bread?

No-Oven Banana Bread

Steam

If you don’t have access to an oven, then you can try this nifty no-oven chocolate banana bread recipe. 

  1. Prepare the batter as instructed.
  2. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. Then, pour in the batter.
  4. Preheat a pot with an iron stand for three minutes on medium heat.
  5. Place the loaf pan inside.
  6. Let it cook on low fire for at least 45 minutes or until done. 
Air Fry
  1. Pour the batter into a round loaf pan.
  2. Then, preheat the air fryer to 165°C for a few minutes.
  3. Air fry the bread for 30 minutes or until cooked.

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  • Oven: Bake the chocolate banana bread in the oven or air fryer. 
  • Whisk: Mix the ingredients using a whisk. 
  • Sieve: Filter the dry ingredients for a fine consistency. 
  • Loaf pan: Allow the pastry to cook in a loaf pan for shape and form.
  • Parchment paper: Line the loaf tin with parchment paper.
  • Glass bowl: Prepare the batters in bowls.
  • Fork: Mash the bananas with a fork. 
  • Spatula: Mix the batter with a spatula.

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How to Serve Banana Bread

Just like regular bread, you can serve Banana Bread in so many ways.

Even in plain slices, the Banana Bread will make you have a good time. Sometimes, I like to smear it with butter and toast it until it’s crispy and crunchy. You can also spread nut butter like peanut butter, cashew butter, or even almond butter.

Instead of loaf bread slices, use your banana bread to make French Toast for breakfast. I also suggest making ice cream sandwiches with banana bread and ice cream flavors like Vanilla Ice Cream or Banana Ice Cream.

Here are some of the best recipes to try with your Banana Bread:

  • Iced Coffee – savor your banana bread with iced coffee as your drink.
  • Plantain Porridge – make porridge to serve something hot or warm, too.
  • Fruit Smoothie – enjoy an extra fruity meal with a smoothie with your banana bread.
  • Strawberry Jam – use strawberry jam as a filling for this dish.

This dish is also perfect for date nights, family gatherings, and potluck events. Therefore, prepare it with love; you can never go wrong with serving the best chocolate banana bread!

Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: According to Southern Living, Banana Bread can be kept at room temperature for up to four days. 

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In the fridge: Wrap the bread in cling film and store it in a container to refrigerate for up to one week. Note that this can cause the bread to dry. 

To freeze: Freeze the bread by wrapping it in plastic and storing it in freezer bags.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is banana bread so moist?

Banana Bread is moist because of ripe, soft, and tender bananas, milk, and eggs. When you mix all of these ingredients well, you can expect the bread to be decadent and crumbly.

Why is my banana bread not fluffy?

If your banana bread is not fluffy, then it can be caused by several reasons. For instance, you may have overmixed the batter, used the wrong measurements, added too many bananas, or expired leavening agents.

When not to use bananas for bread?

If you have an allergy or intolerance towards bananas, you can opt for plain bread instead. I also don’t suggest using spoiled bananas to avoid foul smells and unpleasant flavors. It’s also not the best option for low-carb or sugar-free diets.

Can I substitute bread flour in banana bread?

Yes, you can use bread flour as a substitute in making banana bread. However, it can cause changes in the bread’s texture. It’s also good to use half plain flour and half bread flour for a better consistency.

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Easy Banana Bread (with Chocolate Chips)

5 from 2 votes
Cook homemade bread like you’ve never baked before by trying out this Chocolate Banana Bread recipe for all occasions!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 239kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dry ingredients

  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Wet ingredients

  • 2 bananas (ripe)
  • tbsp salted butter
  • 5 tbsp cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk (evaporated or fresh milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate

  • 3 tbsp milk chocolate
  • 1 milk chocolate (for garnish) optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine the dry ingredients.
    Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set this mixture aside.
  • Prepare the wet ingredients.
    Whisk the softened butter and cane sugar in a glass bowl for 5 minutes until you achieve a light, fluffy, and creamy consistency. This step helps with the light and moisture of the cake.
    Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Set it aside.
  • Add the bananas.
    Peel and mash the bananas with a fork or a masher. Add it to the wet ingredients batter. Mix until well combined.
  • Make the batter.
    Sieve the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Fold them together until well combined. Last but not least, toss in the chocolate chips to evenly distribute them in the batter.
  • Bake it.
    Line the loaf pan, 20cmx10.5cmx7cm (8”x4.5”x3”), with parchment paper or baking paper and pour in the batter. Garnish it with more chocolate chips on top.
    In a preheated oven, bake the bread at 160°C for 1 hour or until completely baked. Allow it to cool before serving!

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Notes

  • Remember to use ripe bananas for a mildly sweet taste.
  • If you don’t have access to an oven, cook it on the stove in a pan or in the air fryer.
  • There are gluten-free and vegan variations of this recipe for dietary concerns.
  • Mixing the butter and sugar helps with the light and moisture of the bread.
  • Always use ripe yellow bananas for banana bread. You can also use bananas in black or brown color for sweetness. The darker the banana is, the tastier it will be.
  • You can use a muffin tin, cupcake molds, or cake tin, and other similar materials as an alternative to a loaf pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 10)Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg
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