Banana Bread Recipe (VIDEO)
An easy Banana Bread Recipe that is loaded with ripe bananas, tangy sweet raisins and toasted walnuts. This is one of our favorite ripe banana recipes, along with chocolate chip banana bread. Deliciously soft, moist and even better with overripe bananas!
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This is my husband’s recipe which he has perfected over the years and he is known for his Banana Bread! He makes it frequently and it always disappears fast! It’s super moist and makes a great breakfast on-the-go. We never have over-ripe bananas that go to waste.
How to Ripen Bananas:
Quick Oven Method: If your bananas are a little green and you want them to ripen quicker, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 250˚F for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the initial ripeness of the bananas.
24 Hour Counter Method: If you are willing to wait 1 day, you can place the bunch of bananas (without separating them) in a paper bag, cover and leave at room temperature. Bananas emit ethylene which causes ripening. Adding an apple to the bag will speed up the process.
Can I Freeze Bananas?
If you have overripe bananas and aren’t ready to make banana bread, don’t throw them away! How to Freeze Bananas: place them un-peeled in a freezer safe ziploc bag, remove any excess air and freeze up to 3 months. You can use thawed bananas for banana bread. You can also freeze them peeled and cut into pieces for easier use in smoothies. P.S. You can also freeze a whole banana bread with the same method!
Ingredients for Banana Nut Bread:
This is everything you need to make the best banana bread! Adding walnuts is optional but adds great taste and texture, turning it into a banana nut bread.
Substitutions for a Healthy Banana Bread:
- My sister Anna made this into a honey banana bread; replacing sugar with honey.
- Use organic whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
- Replace 1 Tbsp of flour with 1 Tbsp Ground flaxseed.
- Reduce sugar to 1/2 cup with very ripe bananas; they add plenty of sweetness
Can I Omit Walnuts and Raisins?
YES! The recipe will still work if raisins and walnuts are omitted. We make it nut-free all the time due to a walnut allergy in the family. You will still have the softest, super moist and scrumptious banana bread! You can also replace with some chocolate to make a chocolate chip banana bread.
How to Make Banana Bread:
Watch Natasha make this moist banana nut bread. You will be surprised how easy it is! We will never stop loving this recipe! If you haven’t already, click to subscribe to our Youtube Cooking Channel and click the bell icon so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new video.
Now go forth and make some moist and loaded banana nut bread!
Moist Banana Bread Recipe
This Banana Bread Recipe is loaded with ripe bananas, tangy sweet raisins and toasted walnuts. It is one of our favorite ripe banana recipes and even better with overripe bananas.
- 3 (medium/large) ripe bananas mashed with a fork
- ½ cup unsalted butter (8 Tbsp) at room temperature
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ cup raisins
How to Make Moist Banana Bread:
In a mixing bowl, cream together 8 Tbsp softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar (or honey if using honey).
Mash bananas with a fork until the consistency of chunky applesauce and add them to the batter along with 2 eggs, mixing until blended.
In a separate bowl, whisk together: 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of salt then add to batter.
Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and mix in chopped walnuts and raisins. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350˚F for 55-60 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let banana bread rest for 10 min before transferring to wire rack to cool.
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Love Bananas? Try these Popular Banana Recipes:
- Green Smoothie Bowl (and why you should never get one dining out!)
- Apple Banana Muffins because apples and bananas just work together
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie – so refreshing and healthy!
- Banana Chocolate Chip Bread always disappears fast
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