Banana bread is one of my absolute favorite quick breads. It is sweet and moist and takes no time to prepare. Some people consider this a dessert bread but I love to eat it in the morning for breakfast with some berries. Does this mean I'm starting my day off with dessert? Not a bad way to start the day in my opinion!
The only way classic banana bread could get any better is to add chocolate chips. Once these are added I would definitely have to consider this a dessert...although I'm still totally okay with eating this for breakfast.
Making banana bread is super simple and the chocolate chips are optional. You can keep it classic and plain or you can exchange the chocolate chips for nuts, too! Do whatever your rumbling tummy desires.
To start, combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate smaller bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. I prefer to use a hand mixer for this because its faster and easier. You can also use a standing mixer or even a wooden spoon if your up for the challenge.
Add whisked eggs and mashed overripe bananas to the butter mixture and stir until mostly smooth.
Pour banana mixture into the flour mixture and combine until incorporated.
Now it's time to add the chocolate chips (or nuts if you'd rather). Or you can skip this step and go straight to the oven. But who doesn't like to add chocolate chips to everything? Switch from the hand mixer and use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to combine the chocolate chips in the banana mixture.
Pour your batter into a lightly greased 9x5 loaf pan and bake in the oven for 60-65 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the middle and pull it out free of batter. Because banana bread is a moist and tacky bread, it tends to stick to the loaf pan when you transfer it in the next step. Cooking spray or shortening are the best choices for greasing the pan but you can also line your pan with parchment paper and lift the loaf right out.
Allow banana bread to cool in the loaf pan for no more than ten minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 65 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Makes one loaf
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