Best Ever Banana Bread

I know, I know... Everyone says that theirs is the best. But this recipe really delivers. It truly is the Best Ever Banana Bread. It says so right in the title of the recipe ;-)
I've made it straight from the recipe and I've made substitutions like non-fat plain yogurt for the buttermilk or 1/2 cup brown sugar for part of the total sugar. It always turns out great! Last time I made it, I went by the recipe, doubling it because I had a lot of over ripe bananas. It made 1 large loaf pan and 24 muffins.

Here is the recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com:

Best Ever Banana Bread
(makes 1 loaf)

2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil
1 cup mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup peanut butter chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray one 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. In mixing bowl, mix together eggs, buttermilk, oil and bananas. Sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the banana mixture and combine thoroughly. Add in chocolate and peanut butter chips. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 - 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. For muffins, bake for 15-20 minutes.
This has become my go-to recipe for Banana Bread. If you don't already have your own "Best Ever Banana Bread" in your recipe box, I hope you'll try this one. You won't be disappointed. So, what are your favorite add-ins for banana bread? Are you a purist (only banana) or a traditionalist (adding in nuts)? Or, do you have some other wonderful ingredient that just sends it over the top? I'd love to hear.
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23 comments:

  1. Good morning Nici! I just finished putting together your no-knead bread for dinner tonight. Between your banana bread and your mother's key lime poke cake, you're going to make the rest of us fat! ;) It looks delicious, as always. Some of my favorite go-to recipes are from AllRecipes. I'll give this one a try next time I have some ripe bananas. Have a great day!

    Debbie

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  2. Looks delicious!! Send me a piece, please so I can enjoy it for breakfast in the am! xx

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  3. Looks delicious! I nominated you for the Liebster award at http://thriftytreasures.blogspot.com stop on over and check it out.

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  4. Yummy! My kids let the bananas get dark on purpose - just so they can have banana bread :) Sometimes, I like to add PB Cups ... sometimes nuts .... sometimes just plain banana bread!

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  5. Well like you said...I had to check the competition! lol...just kidding...my white chocolate and cashew banana bread was gone in less than 24 hours...leave it to hubs and teen...so I need to make more...will give yours a try! Thanks for sharing. I came over the Show and Tell party at Sassy Little Lady!
    Have a super weekend,
    Lizy@http://justdipitinchocolate.blogspot.com

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  6. One of my favorites, and yours looks so delicious! YUM! I just pinned this one. :) Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.
    xo
    Kathy

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  7. Love your blog! This recipe looks delicious! We love banana bread at our house. I'm actually going to make some today or tomorrow since we have a lot of ripened bananas on our counter. My kids will love this! I pinned the recipe; can't wait to try it.

    I'm visiting over from "Mop it up Mondays" and am following you via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Looking forward to seeing more from your blog. Have a great week!

    www.artistic31mama.com

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  8. Love your blog! Especially your "Food for the Soul" posts! This recipe looks delicious! My family and I love banana bread. I will be making banana bread either today or tomorrow because we have some ripened bananas sitting on our counter. I've pinned this and will definitely be making it. My kids will love it.

    I'm visiting from "Mop it up Mondays" and am now following your blog via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I look forward to seeing more from your blog. Have a great week!

    www.artistic31mama.com

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  9. I love this recipe and yep, it sounds great! I have one too, but I will try yours as well. Hugs,
    FABBY

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  10. Can you use reg milk if you dont have butter milk?

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    1. You can use "sour" milk. To make it, I usually put 1 Tbsp. vinegar into a measuring cup and fill it to the 1 cup mark with milk, then let it set for about 10 minutes. For 1/3 cup milk, I would think about 1 tsp. of vinegar would be enough to "sour" the milk. This is actually what I usually do when a recipe calls for buttermilk.

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  11. I love banana bread! This looks so yum.

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  12. Mmmm! I love banana bread and so do my kids! I have to go buy some bananas now! Thanks for the recipe...I pinned it! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  13. Looks delicious! Banana bread is a favorite around here :)
    Thank you for partying with me, hope to see you again this weekend!

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  14. I need to hide some bananas to make your recipe. They don't last long in my house.

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  15. Hi Nici,
    Your Banana Bread looks so flavorful and moist, would love a nice warm slice of this bread. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. that looks absolutely perfect!!! I love banana bread :o) Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this as part of a bread and pizza round up! Come over and check it out! Would love to see my featured button on this post :o) http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/03/breadandpizza.html

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  17. Looks delicious! I love banana bread...such a yummy breakfast or snack.
    Thanks so my for sharing at Real Family Fun link party.
    KC

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  18. I put in dried pineapple that has been soaked in rum! So good! Pinned it. Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. Hope to see ya again Monday night!

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  19. Oh my. I looove banana bread!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  20. You're a STAR today over at I Gotta Create! Thank you for linking up ~ I'm inspired to bake!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2013/03/spring-fever-diy-projects.html

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