You wouldn’t think banana bread is popular in T&T, but it is!
Here’s my favorite, go-to recipe for making a simple but delicious banana bread.
It tastes more like a cake!
What is in this banana bread recipe
Here’s what I use in this simple banana bread recipe:
- very ripe bananas
- brown sugar
- baking powder
- baking soda
- vanilla essence
Optional ingredients can include:
- dried fruits
- mixed peel
- chocolate chips
- cocoa powder
You can also try this eggless banana bread recipe.
And if you like sweet treats, check out all the snack recipes on this blog.
How to make this banana bread recipe
Step 1: Preheat the oven at 350°F.
Prep the ingredients
You’ll want to use very ripe to overripe bananas. They tend to be sweeter than ripe bananas. If the skins are a little spotted or even black, that’s fine as long as the bananas themselves smell good and not spoiled. You can use frozen overripe bananas too, but be sure they have fully defrosted before making this banana bread recipe.
Step 2: Melt the butter. I usually cut the butter into small cubes and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. If it’s still not melted, I’ll reheat in 10 to 15 second bursts.
Step 3: Crack the eggs.
Step 4: Measure out the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder. Incorporate to make sure they’re fully mixed together.
Mash the bananas
Step 5: Peel the bananas, removing any dark spots. Mash to form a chunky texture if you want bits of banana in your bread. Or mash until smooth.
Add all the ingredients
Step 6: To the mashed bananas, pour in melted butter, beaten eggs, sugar, and vanilla essence. Mix until incorporated. This bread is quite sweet so use less sugar if you don’t want it to be too sweet.
Step 7: Next add the dry ingredients. Stir to combine. You don’t want any flour pockets, so be sure to mix thoroughly.
Step 8: Pour into a greased and floured bread pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes at 350°F.
Once done, allow to cool. Serve.
Here’s a quick video on how to make this recipe:
Can you batch make the bread
Double and triple the recipe to make more banana breads. They make excellent gifts, especially for Christmas (or when restaurants are closed and everyone has to stay home).
You can also slice the bread and freeze. Be sure to wrap them tightly or remove the air to prevent freezer burn. The slices can last for months in the freezer.
Place in the fridge overnight to defrost the slice before enjoying. Heat it up for about half a minute in the microwave – the bread always tastes better warm.
What to serve with this recipe
A slice of banana bread can be enjoyed all on its own, maybe with a cup of tea.
You can also warm the slice and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a simple, sweet dessert.
It also goes really nicely with this Ayurvedic spiced apples recipe.
Banana bread recipe
Simple Banana Bread Recipe
- 4 ripe to overripe bananas
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Preheat oven at 350°F.
- Peel the bananas and remove any dark spots.
- Mash to a chunky consistency.
- Cube the butter and melt in the microwave.
- Add the melted butter to the mashed bananas.
- Mix in sugar, vanilla essence and beaten eggs.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon powder.
- Add to the wet ingredients.
- Whisk together until smooth.
- Pour into a buttered and floured loaf pan.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.