How to Make Banana Bread Step-by-Step

Banana Bread with Coconut
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  • 01 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 1 - Gather the Ingredients

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    Gather the Ingredients for the Banana Bread. Stephanie Gallagher

    The first step in learning how to make this banana bread recipe is to gather the ingredients. You will need:

    • 3-4 very ripe bananas (spotted, very black bananas work best)
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup canola oil
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    • a loaf pan (compare prices

    You will also want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F for this banana bread recipe.

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  • 02 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 2 - Prepare the Pan

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    Spray the Loaf Pan for the Banana Bread. Stephanie Gallagher
    The first step in learning how to make banana bread is preparing the loaf pan (compare prices). You will need a loaf pan to prepare any type of quick bread, not just this easy banana bread recipe. Loaf pans come in various sizes -- 9 x 5 and 8 x 4 are popular sizes, but the sizes are not standard and can vary tremendously. That's why it's important to check your banana bread a few minutes before it's supposed to be done.

    So take your loaf pan and grease it with butter generously,...MORE making sure that all the corners are especially well-greased, or spray it with cooking spray.

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  • 03 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 3 - Beat the Bananas and Sugar

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    Beat the Bananas and Sugar for the Banana Bread. Stephanie Gallagher
    If there's one lesson that's more important than everything else in learning how to make banana bread it's that you must use ripe bananas -- the riper the better. I normally take bananas that are starting to ripen too fast and let them get black when I want to make banana bread. That makes the banana bread sweet and moist.

    For this step in how to make banana bread, place the ripe bananas and sugar in a large bowl. With an electric mixer (compare prices), beat the bananas and sugar until fluffy.

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  • 04 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 4 - Beat in the Other Wet Ingredients

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    Mix in the Wet Ingredients for the Banana Bread. Stephanie Gallagher
    Since this is a recipe for how to make banana bread that is very moist, I will now show you my secret ingredient for a very moist banana bread: sour cream. This not only makes the banana bread moist, it also makes it tender.

    So for this step in how to make banana bread, you will add the other wet ingredients to the banana sugar mixture. Add the eggs, oil, vanilla and sour cream. Mix with your electric mixer until all of the ingredients are incorporated into the banana bread dough and are smooth.

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  • 05 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 5 - Measure the Flour

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    Measure the Flour for the Banana Bread. Stephanie Gallagher
    Although it is simple to learn how to make banana bread, and it doesn't require a lot of pots and pans, it is important to follow the measurements for this moist banana bread recipe precisely. When learning how to bake banana bread -- or bake anything - it is especially important to measure the flour properly. If you don't measure the flour for this banana bread recipe properly, you will end up with a tough banana bread - yuk.

    Using a spoon, scoop the flour into a measuring cup. You will...MORE need a measuring cup for dry ingredients, not a measuring cup with a spout, which is for liquid ingredients. Now level off the flour with a knife.

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  • 06 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 6 - Add the Dry Ingredients

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    Add the Dry Ingredients to the Banana Bread Batter. Stephanie Gallagher
    Some techniques for how to make banana bread require you to measure and whisk the dry ingredients separately, then add them to the wet ingredients. I have tried this banana bread recipe that way, and using my method for how to make banana bread, and I find that my method is not only easier, it produces the same good-tasting banana bread and saves you from having to clean up extra dishes.

    For this step in making banana bread, dump the flour on top of the batter. Do not mix in yet. Sprinkle the...MORE baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the flour. Now mix all of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spatula or your electric mixer on low, until well-incorporated.

    Do not overmix. Overmixing yields a tough banana bread.

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  • 07 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 7 - Pour the Batter into the Prepared Pan

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    Pour the Banana Bread Batter into the Prepared Pan. Stephanie Gallagher

    Once your banana bread batter is ready -- see! just one bowl -- you can pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Use a spatula to make sure the banana bread batter is spread evenly in the pan.

    Now bake the banana bread in the preheated oven for 60 to 75 minutes (remember? We preheated the oven in Step 1 of How to Make Banana Bread).

    In order to ensure a moist banana bread, it's important to check the banana bread for doneness at around 50-55 minutes. Loaf pans vary in size and oven...MORE temperatures vary, too. This affects the cooking time for the banana bread tremendously.

    You will know the banana bread is done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. The top of the banana bread will also start to crack.

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  • 08 of 08

    How to Make Banana Bread Step 8 - Cool the Banana Bread and Eat!

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    Cool and Slice the Banana Bread. Stephanie Gallagher

    Now comes the fun part of learning how to make banana bread - the eating! Invert the banana bread onto a plate or serving tray, and cool about 15-20 minutes before slicing.

    Did you ever think learning how to make banana bread would be this easy? Now that you know how to make banana bread with this easy recipe, you can change it lots of ways for variety. Try adding chopped pecans or walnuts or chocolate chips or coconut. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination.

    Serve this banana...MORE bread as is (it's really sweet enough to be a cake), with butter or a with a spread of peanut butter in peanut butter banana bread sandwiches.