Classic Banana Bread

I’m a rebel, you guys.

You tell me to do something and I will do the exact opposite. I hate being told what to do. Hate. It.

You can imagine how much fun my parents had with me when I was a teenager, right?

So, when I have a big cluster of bananas sitting on my counter turning blacker by the second, I get irritated.

You, banana, cannot tell me what to do. You are not my boss. I will not stop whatever I’m doing to mush you up and put you in banana bread.

Usually what I do to shut the bossy bananas up is peel ’em, pop ’em in a freezer bag, and freeze ’em. Apparently, I also lose the ability to pronounce and/or spell the word “them.”

Then, when I am good and ready for banana bread, but not one stinkin’ second before and certainly not when I think the banana itself is ready for banana bread, then I make some delicious, fruity and nutty banana bread.

Of course, I don’t always make banana bread with those frozen bananas. No, those bananas get put to good use in quite a variety of ways.

1. Banana Nutella Scones
2. Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
3. Hot Fudge Fluffernutter Banana Bread
4. Nutella Swirled Banana Bread
5. Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting
6. Peanut Butter and Banana Pound Cake with Nutella Glaze
7. Banana Bread Cookies
8. One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
9. Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

This time around I just went for the classic. It’s moist and delicious and I guarantee you’ll love it. Or you’re money back! (Not.)

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Classic Banana Bread


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 medium over-ripe bananas, mashed


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the bananas.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.
Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.



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21 Responses to “Classic Banana Bread”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 6, 2012 @ 11:14 am (#

    Great bread and thanks for the linkbacks…all of a sudden I have 9 things I want to make!


  2. Glory/ Glorious Treats July 6, 2012 @ 11:27 am (#

    Yum! I just made zucchini bread last night, and was thinking I hadn’t made banana bread in a while! So nice to have around for breakfast and snacks! This looks delcious… as do each an every one of the other beautiful banana recipes you shared!!


  3. sally @ sally's baking addiction July 6, 2012 @ 11:56 am (#

    Loving all of the banana link backs Karly! And this banana bread… nothing, and I mean NOTHING beats a timeless classic like traditional banana bread. Looks divine!


  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 6, 2012 @ 12:23 pm (#

    How did you know I had perfectly rotten bananas on my counter, begging in their gross blackness to be baked into banana bread TODAY?! I’m sooo stealing this recipe right now so I can make some yummies.


  5. Cat Davis - Food Family Finds July 6, 2012 @ 4:43 pm (#

    I simply adore a great banana bread. If it would cool off long enough for me to turn the oven on I’d make a loaf.


  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 6, 2012 @ 5:24 pm (#

    I see mine starting to turn and I almost go into a panic! I always seem to forget I can just bake with them.


  7. Maria July 6, 2012 @ 8:45 pm (#

    I love it when bananas go bad! Love all of your recipes!


  8. Jocelyn July 6, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (#

    There isn’t much better than a fresh loaf of banana bread!!! I am loving all the yummy looking banana treats that you shared along with the fantastic looking bread. It’s a good thing I have lots of frozen bananas to use:-)


  9. Kim Stebbins July 7, 2012 @ 12:36 am (#

    Love this! I LOVE bananas! I have a freezer full of frozen, near-rotten bananas. My son detests bananas and its all my fault because I only believed in breast milk and mashed up bananas for the first year of his life. Well, that’s not quite true. He ate organic teething biscuits. But I gave him bananas at least 3 times a day. And he always had a banana in his lunch box at nursery school. Then, one day, he said, “NO MORE!”He is 24 now and even the smell of bananas disgusts him. But I still love them! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter July 7, 2012 @ 7:33 am (#

    I have the same relationship with my bananas! And, they go into the freezer when they start getting “sassy”, too!


  11. Deborah July 7, 2012 @ 8:35 am (#

    I think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with good ol’ classic banana bread. But I’m going to be checking out those other links, too!!


  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 7, 2012 @ 10:02 am (#

    Gotta love a good banana bread, your recipe sounds delicious!


  13. Riley July 7, 2012 @ 11:08 am (#

    I wish I had had a slice of this this morning! Looks delicious!


  14. Patty Tiesch July 7, 2012 @ 11:13 pm (#

    Girl your killing me!! LOVE these recipes!!


  15. Joanne July 8, 2012 @ 7:50 pm (#

    I hate that bananas try to take over my life also! Those yellow bastards. I’ll show them with some of these recipes!


    • Karly replied: — July 9th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm


      Pretty sure bananas are communists.


  16. Live a Sweet Life July 8, 2012 @ 8:18 pm (#

    I just made a banana cake and seriously want to make everything with bananas now. Great post with a few great ideas!


  17. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 9, 2012 @ 8:59 am (#

    Nothing beats a good classic banana bread! I love all of the other banana recipes as well! I usually have bananas laying around that need to be used!


  18. Amy September 13, 2014 @ 9:32 pm (#

    Hey Karly! I made it tonight and it was totally perfect. I added chocolate chips (duh) and skipped the frosting since I had no cream cheese. Thank you, i agree it is the BEST banana bread ever!!


  19. Michelle April 22, 2015 @ 11:04 pm (#

    I really want to do this recipe, it is so intriguing! I can’t wait to try this. I’ll follow and try to do it at the weekend.


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