Banana Bread

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2009 | 55 Comments

This banana bread recipe was one of the first things I learned to bake on my own way back in high school.  My mom kept a yellowed handwritten recipe of my grandmother’s tacked to her bulletin board in the kitchen.  I was instructed not to lose it.  Only later did I realize it was one of the few things she had left in my grandmother’s handwriting.  The original recipe was actually my great grandmother’s.  She wasn’t known for her skills in the kitchen, and this is the only recipe that seems to have been passed down.  It is a simple recipe that just works reliably well. More than a decade later , I still make this it all the time (with my additions of vanilla and cinnamon).  I like that there is no butter in it making it reasonably healthy. This also allows me to justify slathering a slice with butter when it is still warm from the oven.

Banana Bread
3 (over) ripe bananas
1/2- 3/4 cups sugar (the less ripe the bananas, the more sugar you will need)
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour (I often replace one of the cups with whole wheat flour)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mash the bananas in a large bowl and add the sugar. The sugar will help liquefy the mixture.  Whisk in the eggs, vanilla and then sift in the dry ingredients. Still until evenly combined. Bake in a greased a floured loaf pan at 325 for about 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to stand and cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.



  1. Cassie
    January 22, 2013

    Mine turned out super dough-y? But still good, especially 2 days later!

  2. jillian
    January 24, 2013

    Cassie- it could be doughy from over mixing. Glad it was still good! :)

  3. olivia elliston
    June 20, 2013

    I just made this recipe and it turned out wonderful. I substituted half the sugar with brown sugar and half the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Everyone including my 8 month daughter old loved it! Thanks.

  4. jillian
    June 24, 2013

    So glad you liked it Olivia! I like to sub out some whole wheat too. :)

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