I have tried several banana bread recipes, and this is the one I use now all of the time. It is moist and delicious.
If you missed my comment about the Instacart order I received today – in which I received 5 bunches of bananas (12.23 POUNDS!) instead of 5 bananas – it seems like a good time to share the recipe! I found it originally on YouTube (see video below), and here is the link to the blog with the recipe, called Divas Can Cook!
All ingredients should be room temperature.
- 3 large or 4 medium extra ripe bananas, 1 1/2 cups mashed
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar, I used 1/2 cup
- 8 tablespoons butter, softened ( 1 stick)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 325.
Grease and flour a loaf pan.
In a medium size bowl, mash bananas until creamy and stir in lemon juice. Set aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
Beat in the eggs until combined.
Fold in the bananas.
Add in the vanilla extract and buttermilk.
Beat until combined.
Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture.
STIR GENTLY AND JUST UNTIL THE FLOUR IS INCORPORATED. DO NOT OVER STIR.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake on center rack for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cooking times may vary. Check on bread at the 1 hour mark. Toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean and bread should be golden on the outside.
Brush the top of the bread with butter if desire when it comes out of the oven.
Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove the bread from the pan and place on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Slice and enjoy! (flavors will intensify the next day)