The Only Banana Bread Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Banana Bread Slices 2 You know that dish (or dishes) that takes you back to your childhood. I mean, the minute you see the recipe, get a whiff of its familiar scent, or take that first bite, you are instantly transported back to eight years old and life suddenly gets just a little bit simpler? I have several of these dishes, of course, but this banana bread is one of my favorites. Growing up, I remember my mom baking and cooking a lot. As we got older, that significantly decreased; I think it's because she started preferring salty to sweet. But, until then, banana bread was a staple in our home. It's funny the details that stick with us. For example, I remember that she always made four tins worth. Two tins had toasted, chopped walnuts and the other two tins did not. Random. I digress, it was the perfect breakfast: a slice or two of that bread with a big spread of cream cheese. We especially loved it fresh from the oven when it was ever so slightly warm encouraging the cream cheese to slowly melt into the bread. Serious yum factor. I've had a hankering for this bread for awhile now, so I bought a crazy amount of bananas hoping some would achieve ripened perfection before being devoured. Three bananas, a handful of ingredients, and one hour later, I was slicing into my own little piece of heaven. Instead of nuts, I added chocolate chips to one of the loaves. I wasn't a fan, but then I don't like things too sweet or chocolate-y so I might not be the best judge. Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me. It was fun being eight again, if only for a minute. What foods / dishes take you back to your childhood? Please share! Banana Bread_aerial Banana Bread Slices Banana Bread Loaves

Banana Bread

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (dissolved in the milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 - 4 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 cup nuts, toasted and chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large loaf pan - or - 2 medium loaf pans - or - 4 small loaf pans

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray tins with cooking spray.

Using a hand mixer, combine all ingredients together until smooth.

Evenly divide the batter among the tins.

(If using nuts or chocolate chips, divide the batter into separate bowls, add your mix-ins, and then pour into the tins.)

Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, approximately 45 minutes for the medium and small tins and 1 hour for the loaf pan.

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