The Best Moist Banana Bread

I have a separate stomach for banana bread consumption. This time of year when it’s chilly outside, I crave it more! If a warm slice of super moist banana bread – loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts – doesn’t make your stomach happy, I envy you.

Given my obsession with this bread, you can imagine I’ve gotten the recipe down to a science. I have one recommendation for you: make one loaf per person. 😉

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Makes: 1 banana bread loaf

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 55 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

The Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

4 brown (overripe) bananas (see below for easy banana browning tips!)

1/3 cup salted butter, melted (or sub unsalted butter plus ¼ teaspoon salt)

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Optional: ½ cup bittersweet (or sweeter) chocolate chips

Optional: ½ cup chopped walnuts

 

 

 

The Steps

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 or 8×4 loaf pan.

Two methods to brown bananas faster:

  1. Brown paper lunch bag method: place bananas in a brown paper lunch bag, crumple up the top to close, and set aside for 48-72 hours. The brown bag will trap the gas that’s released that keeps the bananas yellow, turning them brown faster.
  2. Oven method: I love this method because it browns bananas in minutes! Preheat oven to 300 and set bananas on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. The banana peels will turn dark brown or black. Let bananas cool. The banana inside will be soft and perfect!

In a large bowl, sift (or whisk) flour, baking soda, and brown sugar until well-combined.

In a separate bowl, use a potato masher to mash bananas into a smooth puree. You can also use a food processor or blender. Set aside.

In a third bowl, beat an egg, and add melted butter and vanilla. Mix.

Add egg mixture and mashed bananas to dry ingredients. Stir until combined.

Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Spread batter evenly in greased loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes (typically the 9×5 pan will take closer to 50 minutes whereas the 8×4 will take a bit longer). Place a piece of foil loosely over the loaf after 40 minutes. Loaf is ready when a toothpick inserted comes out with loose crumbs, not wet batter!

Let cool for 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

Serve warm alone, or with my homemade peanut butter recipe or melty butter!

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. November 5, 2021 / 4:11 am

    This recipe knocked it out the dang park. Jesus.
    Here’s some additions to take it even more ridiculously over the edge:

    – Use mix of bittersweet and milk chocolate chunks/shards
    – Top with cinnamon sugar mixture, then shards of butter before baking. (creates a streusel-type deal)
    – Bake in 9×9 for ~40 mins, cut into squares
    – Top with flaky sea salt, like Maldon
    – Don’t eat your fingers. Jesus.

    • TastefullyGrace
      Author
      November 5, 2021 / 2:51 pm

      WOW, I want to try your streusel topping this weekend!! Love it. Thanks for the comment, and glad you enjoyed!

      Grace

  2. Kathi
    August 28, 2021 / 12:42 am

    My new go to!!! Wow!! Grace you hit this out of the park! I made this bread for my clients today and they LOVED it!!!
    This bread is everything you said it would be and that I hoped for. The flavor was fantastic, it was very moist, and it turned out exactly how yours did on the video. I liked this so much that I saved it in my favorites, and that is saying a lot. I am a baker, so very few recipes that I try make it to the favorites, I usually create my own. Most recipes need adjustments to meet MY requirements, yes…I’m a baking snob, but this is straight up OUTSTANDING!!

    • TastefullyGrace
      Author
      August 30, 2021 / 1:11 pm

      Hi Kathi,

      Your comment has made my day (and week!!). Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your experience. I’m so happy you love the recipe!! Please let me know if you try any other recipes!

      Grace

  3. Jen
    May 21, 2021 / 12:34 pm

    Omg loved this recipe. Thank you!!

    • TastefullyGrace
      Author
      May 21, 2021 / 12:38 pm

      Hi Jen! YAY! So happy you enjoyed.

      Grace

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