Banana Bread Recipe That’s Pretty Fast and Easy

Banana bread recipes are always fun to make. You get to smash up some bananas, mix a bunch of ingredients together that smell good, and grease a pan. If your mom’s not looking, you can also lick the spoon and run the risk of getting some salmonella. The batter has raw eggs in it, so lick the spoon and whisk at your own risk.

That’s right, I used a whisk at first. As you’ll see in the pictures below, that wasn’t my brightest moment. It didn’t completely not work, but I definitely needed to switch to a wooden spoon.

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What You’ll Need for This Banana Bread Recipe

What it isDescriptionWhere to Buy
CookwareLarge BowlAmazon
CookwareLoaf PanAmazon
CookwareWooden spoon or Other mixing spoonAmazon
CookwarePyrex measuring cup for liquidsAmazon
CookwareTbsp measuring spoonsAmazon
Cookware1 cup measuring cupAmazon
CookwareSmall bowlAmazon
Ingredients3 bananas, very ripe, mashed upStore
Ingredients1 cup white sugarStore
Ingredients1/2 cup butter, softened (this is usually 1 stick)Store
Ingredients2 eggs for this banana bread recipeStore
Ingredients2 cups all-purpose flourStore
Ingredients1/2 tsp baking sodaStore
Ingredients1/3 cup milk or buttermilkStore
Ingredients1/4 tsp saltStore
Ingredients1 tsp vanilla extractStore

The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and then throw your 1 cup of sugar into the large bowl.

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Next, grab your two eggs. Crack both of those into the sugar that’s already in the bowl for the banana bread recipe.

egg and sugar

Next, dump your 1/4 teaspoon of salt in there for the banana bread recipe.

Next, dump your 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder in there. This is pretty important for that baking part.

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After that, it’s time for your 1/3 cup of milk in this banana bread recipe. I used whatever we had in the fridge, but you’re probably safe with 2% or buttermilk.

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Next, you’ll be dumping 1 tsp vanilla extract in there.

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After that, get ready to dump in the flour for this banana bread recipe.

flour and eggs

There’s two cups of that.

flour being dumped

Some recipes might say to mix the banana in there sooner, but frankly, it’s fine for this banana bread recipe if you mix all the ingredients together except the bananas first.

Next Step


You’ll need to soften the butter before adding that into the mix. I microwaved mine for 35 seconds and the entire stick pretty much melted. You’ll probably be fine doing 10 seconds or do the 35 like I did and have liquid butter.

pouring butter for banana bread recipe

Pour your butter or put a softened butter stick into the rest of the ingredients like in the picture. Next, grab a whisk or a mixing spoon to start mixing all the ingredients together.

mixing ingredients

If you use a whisk, get ready to be digging ingredients out of that thing.

whisk with batter in it

Look at that chunked up mix. I mean, to be honest, it looks really good. I almost ate some right there.


Spoon’s here to fix this banana bread recipe. Maybe fix isn’t the right word. Either way, this’ll be appropriately mixed. Next, grab your bananas to mush them into this thing.

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Using three of them for this banana bread recipe should be enough. If you’re using a wooden spoon and the bananas are soft enough, you can just throw them in there.

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Smash up those bananas with the spoon. Mix everything around really well.

mixing bowl

The mixture should look like the picture above once it’s done.

grease pan

Grease your pan with a little Crisco or other spray. For this banana bread recipe, you can use a paper towel to move a little bit around and cover the entire thing.

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Start to load your mixture into the loaf pan.

loaf pan with banana bread batter in it

Make sure it gets smoothed out and evenly distributed

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Bake for 60 minutes. Once it’s done or looks done, stick a toothpick into the center of the bread.


Once it’s ready to slice and eat, you should have something that looks like this:

Notecard Banana Bread Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together all ingredients (measured out) into a big bowl. Blend well with a wooden or other mixing spoon
Grease a loaf pan and pour mixture into the pan
Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees F. Once it’s done, stick a toothpick in the center and pull it out. If the pick’s clean, then it’s done. If there’s batter on it, you need to cook it a little longer

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Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.