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Banana Bread

Joanna's after school banana bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12


  • 8 Tbsp salted butter melted
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose non bleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a small baking pan with butter.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Add bananas and mix again to combine.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until combined. If using, fold in pecans.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake for 45 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. let bread cool slightly in pan. Slice and serve warm.

  5. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Recipe Notes

If you want to add a little sweetness, sprinkle sugar on top before baking!

You can also omit the pecans or substitute chocolate chips in their place!