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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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Banana bread can be made with or without chocolate chips!

Banana bread can be made with or without chocolate chips!

The Best Banana Bread Recipe

Do you know about the health benefits of bananas? From vitamins to fiber and beyond, bananas are nothing but good for you.

Serving banana bread as a snack is a great way of sneaking something healthy into your kids' diet. My kids always get excited when I make banana bread. Their favorite banana bread (and mine) is when we add chocolate chips. You could also experiment with adding raisins or nuts.

Banana bread is a great way to use up ripe bananas and get health benefits too!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

2 loaves, 24 slices each

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup stick margarine or butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 or 4 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of 2 loaf pans with shortening.
  2. Gently squeeze the banana peel with the banana still in it until the banana softens.
  3. Mix sugar and margarine in a large bowl. Stir in eggs. Add bananas, buttermilk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat until smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour batter into pans.
  5. Bake for 1 hour. If a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, they are done.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes. Loosen the bread from the pan. Remove the bread from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

How to Eat Banana Bread

Banana bread tastes good on its own, but you could put some warm butter or jam on a slice of banana bread. I personally like to warm up my slice of bread and put a cherry or raspberry jam on top.

You could also top a slice of banana bread with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Storing Your Bread

I normally place a loaf of bread in a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Since this recipe makes two loaves of banana bread, I freeze one and place the other one in the refrigerator. Squeeze out any air, and place it in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to eat it.

In the freezer, the banana bread keeps for months. In the refrigerator, I wouldn't leave it in there for more than a few weeks.

© 2012 Melanie Casey