Banana Bread Recipe

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A moist, dense bread full of banana flavor


  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 3 cups mashed, ripe banana – about 6 bananas
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 6 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (optional but suggested)
  • sugar in the raw for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Grease 3 9″ loaf pans
  • Melt the butter and cool
  • In a medium bowl mix together the butter and sugars.
  • Add the banana and stir in the eggs, one at a time.
  • In a separate, large bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • If adding the chocolate chips add them now to the flour mixture. Stir to coat.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir to combine. Do not overmix.
  • Add the batter evenly to the three pans. (I weigh them so that they are evenly distributed for better baking)
  • If desired, sprinkle some sugar in the raw over the top of the batter
  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 45 – 60 minutes. (I realize that is a huge margin. Look at 45 minutes. If the bread is not ready just check again every five minutes. If a tester comes out clean it is done. )
  • Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes then remove from the pans to cool completely.


These loaves do freeze beautifully. Just wrap in wax or parchment paper, then foil or a plastic bag. Let thaw completely before serving.

Keywords: banana bread, bananas