Let’s Eat | The Best Banana Bread EVER

The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!

I’ve been experimenting with banana bread recently. I wanted to find a no-fail, extra moist, banana flavor packed bread recipe. After trying multiple recipes and experiments, I was able to come up with the best banana bread recipe EVER. It’s seriously good and really hope you will give it a try.

The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!

Most of the ingredients are traditional ingredients in banana bread but I did add applesauce instead of yogurt or milk to keep it moist. In regards to the process, I found that Cook’s Illustrated did it right when they came up with the process of alternating wet and dry ingredients. I find that most recipes make the bread dense but this helps make it much lighter.

The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!

Finally, I added a whole banana and a simple syrup glaze on the top. It keeps the bread moist while adding a little extra sweetness and banana goodness. In my banana bread research I discovered that simple syrup is a baker’s secret weapon to keeping cakes moist. They will brush it on after the cake is cooled but before it’s frosted. I thought simple syrup would be the perfect addition to banana bread. The shiny glaze is also very pretty. Don’t you think?

The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!

The Best Banana Bread EVER
 
The best tasting, no fail recipe for moist and flavorful banana bread. Surprisingly, it’s made with absolutely no dairy!
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • Nonstick Baking Spray
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 4 Very Ripe Bananas (about 2 cups mashed) plus 1 Ripe Banana
  • ¼ cup Applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, softened (non-dairy butter is fine)
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Simple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with the baking spray.
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl and then set aside.
  4. In another small bowl, mash the very ripe bananas (reserve the just ripe banana for later) then add the applesauce and vanilla together and then set aside.
  5. With an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter together on medium until light and fluffy about 3-5 minutes.
  6. While you’re mixing, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.
  7. Add one egg to the bowl at a time, making sure to mix well after each egg.
  8. Reduce the mixer to low speed and then beat in ⅓ of the flour mixture and then ⅓ of the banana mixture. Again, scrape down the sides as needed.
  9. Repeat this process until all the flour and banana mixtures are just combined.
  10. Scrape the batter into the loaf pan.
  11. Using a sharp knife, slice the just ripe banana down the center (the long way) of the banana while still in the peel.
  12. Peel the banana halves and then place them center side up on top of the dough in the loaf pan.
  13. Place the loaf pan in the oven and bake for about 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  14. Cool the bread in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring the bread to a wire rack.
  15. Place a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil under the wire rack.
  16. Brush the simple syrup over the top of the bread.
  17. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!The best banana bread EVER! For realz! You've got to try this recipe!

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #FOODFASHIONANDFUN. I’d love to see what you make!

 

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Eat | The Best Banana Bread EVER

  1. Kate W

    This recipe is missing 2 phenomenal ingredients: peanut butter (great 4 moisture) & nutmeg or cloves (gives it kick). Lastly, brown sugar is better in loaves than white sugar! All my opinion (lol)

    Reply
    1. Beth Post author

      Hi Kate,
      You could definitely use brown sugar. I’m sure it would be great. However, you really don’t need peanut butter or the extra spices. It’s the most moist banana bread I’ve ever had. I also wanted the banana bread to taste like banana not peanut butter or spices. If you try it, let me know! I’d love to hear how your variation tastes!
      Thanks
      Beth

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