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Homemade Banana Bread


I was in the grocery store the other day and saw bananas were discounted. They were a little old, I guess, but not old enough. So I picked them up with the idea that I would wait a few days and then make banana bread.

You don’t need that many ingredients for banana bread, but what you do need is really ripe bananas. So ripe that there’s no way you’re gonna eat them by themselves. So ripe that you are ready to toss them in the trash. The riper, the better too.

Finally, after a handful of days on the counter, Pete took half of one for breakfast and left me the other half (that’s why half a banana is way darker than the other ones). And then I used them and made my famous banana bread. I have no idea where this recipe is from. It’s handwritten, by me, and I got it from someone. There’s no name or date on the recipe, just a few grease stains.

My biggest suggestion is to use chocolate chips in this recipe. It’s how we love our bread. Oh, you can go with nuts too. But to me, that’s just not the same. And if you do go with nuts, make sure you use whole nuts that you crush yourself, not ones that are already sliced. For some reason, those sliced ones get so soft and they’re lost in the bread.

Bananas hanging in a fruit bowl in a kitchen.

If you have lots of overripe bananas to use, find some other ideas in our list of Budget-Friendly Banana Recipes.

Homemade Banana Bread

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup and 2 tbs. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 2 tbs. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

What You’ll Do:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Peel and mash the bananas. I use a potato masher and get them as mashed and mushy as possible.

Drizzle in the oil. Beat sugar and eggs for ten minutes with a handheld mixer.

Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until just incorporated.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Pour in a parchment paper lined loaf pan.

Finally, bake for one hour.


Do you have recipes for your ripe bananas too? Be sure to leave them in the comments so we can try them out!

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Karen W

Wednesday 6th of August 2014

Yummy, I love love love banana bread. Always willing to try a new recipe. Thanks for stopping by Throwback Thursday Blog Style. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

Chrystal @ YUM eating

Monday 4th of August 2014

I am a sucker for a good banana bread.

Thanks for linking at #stoptheyuck and I hope to see you again this week.


Sunday 3rd of August 2014

Love banana bread, I usually only make it once a year with my sister. We make them for Christmas neighbor and teacher gifts :)


Thursday 31st of July 2014

Mmmm banana bread. It's just one of those recipes that's so good no matter how many times you eat it. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

Audra Silva

Thursday 31st of July 2014

Visiting from Throw Back Thursday. I love banana bread, so will have to give this one a go. Pinning for future reference. :)