This a basic banana bread recipe that is the base for every banana bread recipe. Once I mastered this simple quick bread recipe, the rest has been a fun ride of experimenting with different ingredients for a variety of banana bread recipes. This classic Moist Classic Banana Bread Recipe will result in a perfectly moist banana bread with a slight crunch on the outside, just the way I love my banana bread!
Banana bread is a well-loved breakfast treat in my family. With a nice cup of African tea, we can have it for breakfast, as a mid-day snack, or afternoon snack. But frankly speaking, one loaf never makes it past breakfast! I particularly love banana bread because it is not overly sweet, it takes only 10minutes to put together, its quite simple to make, its a recipe that I call my assistants (Tamara or Alexander) to come in and help, my overripe bananas don’t go to waste, and well, the smell of freshly baked banana bread in the house just announces ‘Mommy Loves You!’
Overripe bananas- Of course the star of the show in a banana bread recipe is the bananas. Just make sure that the bananas are overripe, this will make the banana bread richer and have a strong banana flavour that is everything in this recipe. And when the bananas are overripe, they are at their sweetest and ripest. If you happen to have a lot of overripe bananas, please don’t fret, freeze the bananas. I freeze mine in a bunch of 4, this makes it easy for me when am ready to bake some banana bread.
Flour- In my go-to recipe I usually use self-raising flour, it just makes things easier, coz well we busy mom, time-saving hacks are everything. For flour, it’s very important to follow the exact measurements called for by the recipe otherwise too much flour will result in a crumbly bread with a dry crust!
Butter- I love the buttery flavour in banana bread! Butter makes the banana bread denser and less crumbly, however, I have successfully made a nice banana bread using margarine, so if you don’t have butter at hand, margarine can make for a nice replacement.
Brown Sugar- Brown sugar is best for this recipe. It adds more flavour and aids in the golden brown colour in the banana bread.
Eggs- The eggs in the recipe will add flavour to the banana bread as well as giving the banana bread some tender texture.
Yoghurt- The creaminess in the yoghurt adds more moisture to the banana bread as well as the acidity in the yoghurt helps activate the baking soda, making the banana bread fluffy and light.
Spices- So here is my secret to a slice of mouth-watering basic banana bread! Drumrolls please, cinnamon and nutmeg! Boom! This combo is a marriage made in heaven! This two makes all the difference. Try this, and let me know how you liked it.
The method is quite simple, and in four steps your banana bread is ready for the oven!
- Mash the bananas to a paste
- Add the wet ingredients into the mashed bananas
- Combine all the dry ingredients and set aside
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until barely mixed and then, bake.
Tips and Secrets to the Best Basic Banana Bread
- Use black, spotty and mushy bananas, they add more flavour and are sweeter.
- The ingredients should be at room temperature, the butter and the eggs will emulsify into the butter better.
- Do not overmix- Avoiding overmixing will result in an extra moist and soft banana bread if you over-mix the butter especially when you add the flour mixture, the banana bread will become rubbery and tough.
- Overbrowning- if the bread is overbrowning in the oven before the time is up, place a piece of aluminium foil over it.
- Cooking time varies- Keep checking the banana bread after especially after the first 40 minutes.
- Storage of overripe bananas- if you have too many bananas that have ripened too fast and everyone has lost interest in them, freeze them in zip lock bags in a bunch of threes, so that when its time to make banana bread, just thaw them and make yourself a delicious banana bread.
- Storage of banana bread- store left-over banana bread in zip lock bags or airtight containers in the fridge for 3-4 days. Banana bread freezes very well too and reheats quite well.
Moist Classic Banana Bread RecipeMoist Classic Banana Bread is perfect for breakfast or as a snack. This classic banana bread recipe will give you a moist banana bread that is fluffy on the inside and with a slight crunch on the outside! This is an easy banana bread recipe that you will enjoy making.
- 4 bananas overripe
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 1 tbsp. vanilla essence at room temperature
- 1/2 cup melted butter cooled
- 1/3 cup yoghurt Greek yoghurt/sour cream/buttermilk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups self raising flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg freshly grated
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Grease and lightly flour a baking loaf pan and set aside.
- In a bowl, mash the bananas into a smooth paste, then mix in the wet ingredients; Vanilla essence, yoghurt, eggs and the melted butter.
- In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients thoroughly; the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Do not over-mix this butter.
- Pour the batter into the greased baking pan, and spread evenly.
- Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the banana bread comes out dry.
- Cool for 10 minutes remove from pan and cool for another 10 minutes.
- Do not overmix the batter when marrying the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients.
- Bake at the middle rack to avoid overbrowning.
- After 45 minutes of baking, keep checking on your bread and toothpick testing, cooking time may vary.
Well, I know how I hog on my banana bread, get to baking!