classic banana bread recipe


  • 2 to 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Optional add-ins:

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 4×8 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth.
  3. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  4. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Allow the mixture to sit for about 2 minutes; it will start to bubble up.
  5. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  6. Gently fold in the flour until the batter is just mixed. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay.
  7. If you want to add any optional ingredients, such as nuts, chocolate chips, or cinnamon, fold them into the batter now.
  8. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove the banana bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, slice and enjoy your homemade banana bread!

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favorite mix-ins or spices. It’s a delicious treat for breakfast or as a snack anytime.

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