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Classic Banana Bread
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Old Fashioned Banana Bread

This old fashioned banana bread is a staple recipe in our household! So great as an afternoon snack, for busy mornings, or a dessert after dinner.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword Baking, Banana, Bread, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author Fraîche


  • 1/3 cup butter or vegan butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons milk or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour (can substitute 1/2 whole wheat if you wish)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and either grease and flour or line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using a kitchen mixer (either hand-held or stand), beat (on medium-high setting) the butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time, and beat again for about 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Add the bananas and beat again until fully incorporated.
  4. In a small saucepan or in the microwave, heat the milk until it just boils.  Add the baking soda to the milk: caution, it will foam so make sure your cup or pan can accommodate it!  Add this to the batter along with the baking powder, salt and flour, and beat for another 1 minute until evenly mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl again with a rubber spatula.
  5. Fold in the nuts if using.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack before slicing.