Banana bread is one of my favorite cozy and comforting treats and it’s perfect any time of day. Read on for my favorite banana bread recipes!
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Must-Try Banana Bread Recipes
These banana bread recipes are great for their versatility. You can try my classic banana bread recipe, which has all the stuff you crave in a banana bread—super ripe bananas and brown sugar. Or make a double chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips. I also have a 5-ingredient banana bread recipe that’s made with cake mix for easy prep with a delicious result. Other options include a coconut banana bread, banana nut bread, a pumpkin banana bread with chocolate, and more!
1. Banana Bread
Let’s start with a classic banana bread recipe. This one produces a buttery and soft banana bread that’s loaded with bananas. Even better? It’s a one-bowl recipe!
2. Sour Cream Banana Bread
Adding sour cream to your banana bread makes it the moistest ever. This bread is perfect for breakfast, or add whipped cream or ice cream to serve it for dessert.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
What’s even better than regular banana bread? Chocolate banana bread! My recipe for double chocolate banana bread has chocolate in the batter and baked on top.
4. Cake Mix Banana Bread
Running out of time but need banana bread now? Try my recipe for cake mix banana. It’ll take you less than 5 minutes to put together and it’s perfectly sweet and packed with bananas for an anytime treat.
5. Banana Nut Bread
Take banana bread, add nuts, and you’ve got an irresistible snack. Like all good banana breads, it’s super moist and full of banana flavor.
6. Pumpkin Banana Bread
I love to make this pumpkin banana bread in October. It’s full of cozy fall spices and a little chocolate, too. Bananas and pumpkin together make for an incredibly moist banana bread that’s impossible to resist.
7. Banana Bread Pudding
On the off chance you end up with extra banana bread, turn it into banana bread pudding! This recipe for banana bread pudding is the best of both worlds, turning banana bread into a sweet baked pudding that’s so good at brunch.
8. Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
These chocolate chip banana muffins are banana bread baked as muffins, with extra chocolate! Perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast.
9. Coconut Banana Bread
If you love coconut, you’ll love this coconut banana bread recipe—bananas and coconut go so well together! You get tons of coconut flavor from coconut milk in the batter, plus extra coconut flakes to make a sweet and moist bread.
10. Gingerbread Banana Bread
File this recipe for the holidays. This banana bread is baked with ginger and molasses to bring warming, festive flavors.
Yes, bananas can be too ripe for banana bread. When making banana bread, the riper the bananas, the sweeter and softer your bread will be. But if you use overly ripe bananas that are almost mushy and have begun to ferment, this may affect the taste and texture of your finished loaf.
Baking soda is a leavening agent, which means it helps baked goods rise and become fluffy. In banana bread, baking soda reacts with the acidic ingredients (such as lemon juice or vinegar) to produce tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide, giving the loaf a light texture.
Banana bread should be baked on the middle rack of the oven. This helps ensure even heat distribution throughout the loaf and prevents the top or bottom from browning too quickly.
The best type of pan to use for baking banana bread is a 9×5-inch loaf pan. This size of pan ensures that the bread will bake evenly and come out with a nice shape. You can also use an 8×4-inch loaf pan, but you may need to adjust the baking time accordingly.
One of the best ways to ensure a moist banana loaf is to use very ripe bananas. The more brown spots on the peel, the sweeter and softer your bread will be. When storing banana bread, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.
If your banana bread is too dense and moist, it may be because you used too many bananas in the recipe, overmixed the batter, or didn’t use enough flour. Be sure to be precise in your measurements.
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