The Ultimate Banana Bread

The Ultimate Banana Bread
Staff Writer
Victoria Barton

The level of ripeness is a point of contention between many home cooks, but it is essential to remember that your bananas need to be at least fully ripe to be sweet. The mushier and the riper they are, the richer and sweeter the banana flavor will be.

8
Servings
254
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon bourbon or rum
  • 1 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 4 by 8-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the mashed bananas and melted butter. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla, and bourbon. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Gradually incorporate dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Gently, fold in the in chopped nuts.

Pour mixture into loaf pan using a spatula. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
47g
36%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
68µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
94mg
9%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
105µg
26%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
19mg
6%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
114mg
16%
Selenium, Se
14µg
25%
Sodium, Na
174mg
12%
Water
10g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Banana Bread Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Banana Bread Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.