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Simple and Authentic Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Banana bread is a delicious and easy-to-make treat that is perfect for any occasion. It is also a great way to use up ripe bananas. So next time you have some overripe bananas on hand, be sure to try this recipe!

I am a huge fan of banana bread. And when I find a recipe that is worth trying, I will put my thinking hat on and think about how I can make it better. This recipe is from Simplyrecipes.com, a food blog. The owner, Elize, said in her post that this is a no need for mixer recipe and easy cleanup! She is absolutely correct.

If you are used to baking banana bread, you will know that the best ones to use are the over-ripe ones. And if you can use organic bananas, that’s even better. There is no substitution when it comes to baking the perfect banana bread. What I always find interesting is the lack of spices. I am a Caribbean girl who enjoys cooking and baking with spices. So when I see a recipe that lacks the spices I am used to, I do not hesitate. I jump right in and try to bring out the taste of all the flavors by adding the right amount of spices.

One of the reasons why I believe in spices is because they have certain healing agents that benefit the body. For this recipe, I used ground ginger, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg. Ginger is good for stomach problems, and nutmeg is good for stomach problems and has the ability to relieve pain. Sometimes I even add ground cinnamon (which can lower blood sugar) to my baked goods depending on how I see the taste of the cinnamon will interact with the other spices and ingredients. But a dash of cinnamon does not hurt. So why not, right?

A Simple and Authentic Banana Bread! The name seems authentic enough to make. This recipe seems like something that was there before industrialization time. The simpler certain recipes are, the better the taste. And don’t forget that you won’t need to dirty several bowls or even your mixer bowl. So go right in your kitchen, grab a couple of bananas and start baking.

Here are some tips for making banana bread:

  • Use very ripe bananas. The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more flavorful the bread will be.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing will make the bread tough.
  • Bake the bread until it is just cooked through. An overbaked banana bread will be dry and crumbly.
  • Let the bread cool completely before slicing and serving. This will help the bread hold its shape and prevent it from crumbling.

Here are some variations on the basic banana bread recipe:

  • Add nuts or chocolate chips. This is a great way to add some extra flavor and texture to your banana bread.
  • Use whole wheat flour. This will make your banana bread healthier and more nutritious.
  • Add spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are all popular spices to add to banana bread.
  • Drizzle with honey or glaze. This is a great way to add a touch of sweetness to your banana bread.

Banana bread is a delicious and versatile treat that can be enjoyed in many different ways. It is perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or a snack. So next time you have some ripe bananas on hand, be sure to try this recipe!

Banana bread is a delicious and easy-to-make treat that is perfect for any occasion. It is also a great way to use up ripe bananas. So next time you have some overripe bananas on hand, be sure to try this recipe!

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Simple and Authentic Banana Bread

A Simple and Authentic Banana Bread made with very ripe bananas and with a touch of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 2301 kcal


  • 2-3 very ripe bananas peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar can easily use 3/4 cup, or drop it down to 1/2 cup if you want it less sweet
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash of ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  • Mix in the baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes (check at 50 minutes) at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren’t crumbly).


Notes: Egg must be at room temperature.
Updated from Simplyrecipes.com: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/#ixzz3c9VnBEsl


Serving: 8gramsCalories: 2301kcalCarbohydrates: 400gProtein: 28gFat: 69gSaturated Fat: 41gPolyunsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 326mgSodium: 1706mgFiber: 12gSugar: 230g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe for banana bread. It was moist and very tasty. I used four over ripe bananas as they weren’t that big. I also added milk chocolate chips and broken walnuts.
    I think it’s my favourite banana bread recipe and I’ve made a few. The spices do cover the banana flavour a tiny bit but I love it and it brought back memories of my Caribbean holiday years ago.

    1. Thanks so much Janette for your comment. I love that it brought back memories of Caribbean holidays. Have a wonderful day!

  2. 4 stars
    Followed the recipe exactly. Lots of flavour and very moist. Next time I’d use less ginger & more cinnamon. Overall great easy banana loaf recipe. Next time I’d add chopped nuts for some texture

  3. There is beauty in simple things. This looks like a fabulous, simple recipe for a wonderful banana bread! The kind that Grandma used to make!

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