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Banana Bread Recipe (Easy and Freezer Friendly!)

November 20, 2023 | by Egpin

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Our family has made this banana bread recipe for years and we LOVE it! It also makes an easy homemade gift idea for the holidays! (Plus, get FREE printable gift tags to go with this gift when you download our FREE Homemade Christmas Gifts Guide!)

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We love this Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe

This is our tried and true banana bread recipe — everyone in our family LOVES it, which is why I’ve been making it for years and years. It’s so easy to make and uses ingredients you probably already have on hand.

I wouldn’t say it is the most healthful banana bread recipe ever invented, but it sure is delicious! Plus, it freezes exceptionally well, which is always a plus in my book!

This recipe works well as a breakfast, snack, dessert, or side dish, and it’s an excellent way to use up over-ripe bananas.

Silas often helped me whip up this easy recipe while I made dinner. Look how tiny (and cute) he is!

silas helping mom make banana bread

Homemade Banana Bread is a Great Holiday Gift Idea!

We love making homemade breads and giving them as budget-friendly gifts during the holidays. Whip up a couple loaves of these and attach a beautiful gift tag and you’ve got a really lovely handmade gift without spending much at all!

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ingredients for banana bread

Banana Bread Recipe Simple ingredients

  • 4 cups flour (all-purpose, whole-wheat, or a mixture of both)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oil (I used melted coconut oil)
  • 2 cups sugar (I used turbinado)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 6-8 bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk

Use ripe bananas for this Simple Banana Bread

We always freeze bananas whole (without peels) in a freezer bag once they are so ripe that no one wants to eat them. And then we save them to use in banana bread! (Here are 55 other recipes for ripe bananas.)

Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread

Banana Bread Recipe Easy mix-ins

  • 1 cup mini or regular chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 full banana, chopped into pieces (not smashed with the other bananas)

How to make Banana Bread with Oil

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Grease two 9″ loaf pans and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients.

4. In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients.

5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend until just combined.

mixing ingredients for banana bread

6. Pour mixture into greased loaf pans and bake in preheated oven 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.

Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread

7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread

8. Eat while still warm, or cool completely and freeze for later.

Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread

How to store this Easy Moist Banana Bread Recipe

To freeze: Let the bread cool and slice the loaf. Cover it in plastic wrap and foil (or put in a zip-top freezer bag). Slice the loaf and cover it in plastic wrap, then in foil (or put in a zip-top bag).

To serve: Thaw on the countertop for a few hours or defrost an individual piece in the microwave for 20-45 seconds. We love to serve ours warm with butter. We also love to pull out slices as needed to use on-the-go as a snack!

Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread
Recipe

Banana Bread Recipe (Simple and Freezer Friendly)

Course Bread, Breakfast, Snack

Cuisine American

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Cool 10 minutes

Everyone loves this tried and true banana bread recipe — and we think you’ll love it too!

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Ingredients  

  • 4 cup flour all purpose or whole wheat
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil or melted butter
  • 2 cups sugar granular or turbinado
  • 4 eggs
  • 6-8 over ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  • Grease two 9″ loaf pans and set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients.

  • In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients.

  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend until just combined.

  • Pour mixture into greased loaf pans and bake in preheated oven 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.

  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

  • Eat while still warm, or cool completely and freeze for later.

Notes

To freeze: Slice the loaf and cover it in plastic wrap, then in foil (or put in a zip-top bag).
To serve: Thaw on the countertop for a few hours or defrost an individual piece in the microwave for 20-45 seconds. We love to serve ours warm with butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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