The Ultimate Banana Bread Recipe: A Moist, Flavorful Delight!

Sophia Bennett

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A YouTube short describing Grandma Eleanor’s Banana Bread Recipe

In This Recipe

This banana bread recipe has been a hit for over a decade, and there’s a reason why—it’s simply the best.

With the richness of melted butter and the flexibility to adjust sugar levels, this one-bowl wonder is a keeper.

No Fancy Mixer Required

All you need is a mixing bowl, a fork, and a sturdy spoon.

The sugar level is also adaptable; you can go for 1/2 cup for a less sweet version or up to 1 cup if you have a sweet tooth.

The Story Behind This Recipe

This banana bread recipe holds a special place in my heart. It’s a tribute to my late grandmother, Eleanor, who was known for her legendary banana bread.

I spent years in the kitchen with her, learning the secrets behind this family favorite.

After she passed, I took it upon myself to carry on the tradition, adding my own little twists while keeping the soul of the original recipe intact.

Today, this isn’t just a recipe; it’s a slice of love, a tribute to Grandma Eleanor, and a legacy that I’m proud to share with all of you.

Note: I always make my banana bread on The Hardwood Chef Butcher Block that Grandma Eleanor passed down to me.

Best Loaf Pan for This Recipe

Pan SizeBake TimeResult
8×4-inch55 to 65 minutesTall Loaf
8 1/2×4 1/2-inch47 to 57 minutesMedium Loaf
9×5-inch45 to 55 minutesShorter Loaf

Adapt This Banana Bread Recipe for Your Taste

  • Swap white sugar for light brown sugar
  • Use white whole wheat flour for up to half of the all-purpose flour
  • Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips

Nutrition Facts

NutrientAmount Per Serving
Total Fat9g
Saturated Fat5g
Total Carbohydrates32g
Dietary Fiber1g

Banana Bread Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 medium ripe bananas, peeled (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (unsalted or salted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar (adjustable)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Our Method to Cook Banana Bread

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8×4-inch loaf pan.
  2. Mash the Bananas: In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas until smooth. Stir in the melted butter.
  3. Add Dry Ingredients: Mix in the baking soda and salt. Add the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Finally, mix in the flour.
  4. Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool and Serve: Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Storage Tips for Banana Bread

This banana bread will stay fresh at room temperature for up to 4 days. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze it.

As you savor each bite of this banana bread, I hope you feel the love and tradition that have gone into perfecting this recipe.

It’s more than just a delicious treat; it’s a slice of family history, a comfort in good times and bad, and a testament to the simple joy that comes from sharing good food with the people you love.

Whether you’re making this for the first time or the hundredth, whether you’re sharing it with family or enjoying a slice on your own, know that each bite is a piece of a legacy that I’m thrilled to share with you.

Happy baking!


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