Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Banana bread - A healthy breakfast with the goodness of banana

This recipe is re-posted with updated step by step pictures.

Bananas are really yummy and are rich in vitamin B6. Using banana in cakes,breads and muffins does add an additional flavor.Banana bread is very easy to make by making use of all the ingredients we have at home.It is great for breakfast and kids love them.

While making banana bread make sure to use very ripe bananas as they are more sweeter than regular bananas.We often discard the bananas which are very ripe as they have brown spots on them and they are really mushy.Well, those are the bananas which we are gonna use in this recipe.

I love adding chocolate to anything :) .Adding chocolate to banana bread does give an amazing exotic flavor.This recipe makes moist banana bread which can be stored for almost a week if refrigerated.

Preparation time : 5 min

Cooking time : 40-45 min

Makes : 10 - 12 slices


Ripe bananas - 3

All purpose flour - 230 gms

Large eggs - 2 (at room temperature )

Butter - 80 gms (at room temperature )

Canola Oil - 50 ml

Granulated white sugar - 150 gms

Baking powder - 1 tsp

Baking soda -1/4 tsp

Salt - 1/4 tsp

Vanilla extract - 1 tblsp

unsweetened cocoa powder -1 tblsp

Chocolate chips - a handfull

Assorted nuts (walnut,hazelnut,cashew) - a handfull 


Preheat your oven to 350° F . Make sure that the butter and eggs are at room temperature.

Take the bananas and peel off the skin .In a small bowl, mash the bananas using a fork.Gently start mashing them.It is ok if the bananas are chunky.

All the dry ingredients and wet ingredients must be mixed separately.

Dry Ingredients
  • In a large bowl, add the all purpose flour , sugar, salt ,cocoa powder,baking powder,baking soda and mix well using a spatula.
  • Add the chocolate chips, assorted nuts and make sure they are evenly distributed.

Wet Ingredients
  • Using a wire whisk , slowly beat the eggs in a bowl.
  • Add the vanilla extract , softened/ melted butter and oil.Whisk them well.

Mixing the batter

This recipe doesn't require a hand mixer or electric mixer.Just use a wire whisk or spatula to mix the ingredients.Do not over- mix the batter as this will make the bread to rise too high at the center.

  • Make a small well in the dry ingredient bowl and add the wet ingredients slowly and start folding gently.
  • Take a loaf pan and grease it using butter or cooking spray.Pour the batter till it reaches just half of the pan and not full.

  • Place the pan into the preheated oven of 350° F  and let it bake for around 40-45 mins.

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.
  • Take the pan out and let it cool for 15 mins.Take a flat knife and slowly insert it around the corners.

  • Take a plate and turn the pan upside down on it.Let it cool off completely.
  • Using a bread knife cut the bread into thick slices since the bread is moist .If the slices are too thin ,they will crumble into pieces. 

Top it off with your favourite ice cream ,yougurt or fresh fruits. I hope you try it out and please do share your suggestions :)

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  1. Your Banana Bread looks yum and moist.. I love the idea of adding choco chips and hazelnuts to it...thanks for stopping by at my space. Will keep visiting you!

    1. Thanks a lot Anamika. That's very encouraging :)

  2. Banana Bread looks delicious. Wonderful clicks too!

    1. Thanks a lot Shylaja for visiting my blog :)

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks a lot Saraswathi :) You can substitute the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.The result will be equally good and its more healthy.

  4. Banana does make bakes super soft this one is no exception looks yum

  5. Nice moist cake. I'm following you. You can visit my blog too when you find time :)

    1. Thanks a lot Neela.You have wonderful recipes.I started following you too :)

  6. Nicely done..looks awesome, thanks for linking it to Spotlight : healthy baking

  7. Looks soft.. THanks for linking this to my event :)