August 05, 2020 2 min read
This Classic Banana Bread Recipe is moist, delicious and a family favorite. A perfect use for overly ripe bananas and easy to make quick bread. Add chocolate chips for the best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Enjoy for breakfast, as a sweet surprise in lunches or after school snack.
Homemade banana bread is a treat to enjoy and a comfort food for busy families on the go. Plus uses up those overly ripe bananas sitting on your counter.
Banana bread freezes well as a loaf or sliced. It's always a treat to grab a slice from the freezer as a quick after school snack.
BANANA BREAD RECIPE
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 120 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf
BAKE: 350 degrees; 50-55 minutes; greased, floured loaf pan
I almost always double the recipe for 2 loaves of banana bread.
My kids love muffins. Line muffin tins with seasonal liners and Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes. You can also add different options to each muffin (nuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries) making all kids and family happy.
Banana Bread Loaf: Bake at 325 for 55-60 minutes
Banana Bread Muffins: Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes
This recipe uses buttermilk. It's easy to make your own with what you have on hand if buttermilk is not a staple.
Buttermilk is the only ingredient in this recipe that I do not always have on hand. No buttermilk? No worries! Measure out milk, add vinegar to the milk to create a chemical reaction to mimic the buttermilk in the recipe. This method works in buttermilk pancakes too! Homemade Buttermilk Recipe Here
Testing for Doneness
Quick bread can be tricky to test for doneness. Traditional bakers watch for golden brown crust and "test for doneness" using a fork, toothpick or touch method. This never works for me consistently, especially at high altitude.
Instead, I use a Thermapen instant read thermometer (for baking and grilling). Test for doneness at 190 degrees for super moist bread. You can go up to 200-205 degrees being careful not to dry bread out. ThermoPop thermometers are also a great choice.
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