I love banana bread, especially with chopped nuts and chocolate chips! It’s so good when it’s fresh and hot right out of the oven or even sliced and toasted with butter the next day. It’s a dangerous thing to have on the counter… I can’t help saying, “Just one more slice.”
Unlike a regular loaf of bread, there’s no kneading or rising required for banana bread, so making it doesn’t take a huge time commitment.
Banana Bread is a Quick Bread and is Made Using the Muffin-Method:
- Mix together the dry ingredients
- Mix together the wet ingredients
- Then add the dry mixture to the wet mixture
- Gently stir until just combined
How easy is that?! The trick is to make sure you have mixed the dry and wet ingredients (separately) really well before they get combined to make the batter.
Banana Bread Tips:
- This recipe can easily be made into muffins. Just fill paper-lined muffin tins two-thirds full, increase oven heat to 375, and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Don’t mix the batter until it’s smooth. You’re looking for batter that is uneven and lumpy.
- Banana bread doesn’t have a long shelf life, especially if it hasn’t been covered very well. After it has cooled, store banana bread tightly covered and at room temperature. Or, tightly wrap it and freeze for a rainy day! I have a feeling a short shelf life won’t be too much of a problem, though.
- If you like your banana bread with extra ingredients, like chopped nuts or chocolate chips, gently stir them into the just combined batter.
- This recipe calls for 1 ½ cups of mashed bananas, for a more intense banana flavour, increase the mashed bananas to 2 cups.
Where, Exactly, is “Lower Third” in an Oven?
- Typically, it’s between the lowest and middle position in an oven. If you visually divide your oven space into thirds, the rack position that matches up with your division is where you want to bake your banana bread.
How do You Know When Banana Bread is Done Baking?
- Bake until golden brown. Insert a toothpick in the centre of the loaf, if it comes out with barely any crumbs attached, the banana bread has finished baking.
Can You Prepare Banana Bread Batter Ahead of Time?
- Yes, but only up to a certain point of the recipe. If you let a mixed batter sit too long before baking, it may not rise properly in the oven. So, to get ahead, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and leave it covered on the counter. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl and leave it covered in the fridge. In the morning (or when you’re ready to make banana bread), combine the wet and dry ingredients and bake.
Can You Make Banana Bread Ahead of Time?
- Of course! To keep banana bread fresh, tightly wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 weeks. Before serving, allow your frozen banana bread to thaw at room temperature. It will be as fresh as the day you baked it!