The World’s Best Banana Bread

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loaf of banana bread

This is a big favorite at our house and a great way to use up overripe bananas. It's perfect with a glass of chocolate milk!

4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1/4 cup applesauce or apple butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 cup mashed bananas (2 or 3 medium bananas)
1 3/4 cups flour (I sneak wheat flour in and nobody notices)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup chocolate chips (yum!)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Smash the bananas until they’re broken up but not completely smooth. Some lumps are OK.
smashed bananas for banana bread

Add in the apple butter, eggs, milk, and brown sugar.
banana bread ingredients with mixer

Blend with a hand mixer until everything is incorporated. Again, small lumps are OK.
banana bread dough

In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients (or gently shake them through a strainer, which works the same).
sift flour through strainer

The cookbooks all say you don’t have to sift your flour any more, but you know why I do?
lumps of flour in sifter
Because these lumps are *not* OK.

Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and mix gently with a spoon. When all the flour is mixed in, add any optional ingredients.

Spray your loaf pan with cooking spray, and pour in the batter. Bake at 350 until golden and a toothpick/piece of dry spaghetti comes out clean, about 60 minutes.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool to room temperature. OK, who am I kidding? As soon as it comes out of the pan, everybody in the house is going to grab a piece because it smells sooooo good.

Quick! Cut yourself off a piece and save it for breakfast tomorrow. Hide in the pantry and eat it if you have to.
loaf of banana bread

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  1. LB on October 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

    oh my goodness. YUM!!!! i made this yesterday and it’s almost gone today. i also made the applesauce to go in it…i feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder and loving every minute. thanks for this deeeeeelish recipe!!

  2. Marcia on November 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Love the step-by-step pictures! Great idea. Please visit my blog when you have a chance. Lots of old recipes, country cooking and cookbook reviews (on Fridays).

  3. Mrs. Black on July 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you so much for adding our adoption button to your blog! You might just be the link we need to build our forever family.



    P.S. That banana bread looks FABULOUS!

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