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The light brown soft sugar in this recipe adds a delicious depth to this banana bread. Serve thickly sliced for afternoon tea, elevenses, dessert or pop into packed lunches.

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IngredientsMakes: 1 loaf

  • 4 ripe bananas, cut into chunks
  • 275g light brown soft sugar
  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons full fat milk
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:40min ›Extra time:55min › Ready in:1hr50min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 23x13cm loaf tin.
  2. Place the bananas into a large plastic resealable bag, seal the bag and squash the bananas with your fingers until very well mashed. Set the bananas aside. Place the light brown soft sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Cut a corner from the plastic bag and squeeze the mashed bananas into the bowl of light brown soft sugar mixture. With the electric mixer on medium speed, beat in the bananas, egg, cinnamon, vanilla extract and milk until the mixture is well combined. Switch the mixer to low speed and gradually beat in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and sea salt just until the batter is smooth, about 1 minute. Spread the batter into the prepared loaf tin.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the bread is set and lightly browned on top, about 40 minutes. A skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf should come out clean.

Cook's note

You can also make these into muffins or cupcakes. Simply adjust the baking time accordingly.

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the best ever really moist and bananaeeyy only thing I would do is cut down the sugar a little bit because its really sweet. I put it into muffin casses for the kids too take to school and they couldn't get enough-29 Sep 2010

Made it healthier.cut down the sugar to 200g because they came out very sweet the first time. Also added some sultanas this time I made them and it aded that little bit of extra taste and texture It was my friends 3 year olds idea she was helping me and told me "they had to have raisins in them" LOL-29 Sep 2010

Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Most banana bread recipes call for twice the amount of butter that we use here, but to keep the loaf moist and rich and tasting intensely of its namesake fruit, we cut the butter and added an extra banana and a bit of our favorite Greek-style yogurt. This is no breakfast of champions, but it's a healthier alternative to other banana breads or, even worse, a banana, bran, or blueberry muffin (hard to believe, but they truly are bad for you).

A slice of this will treat you well at breakfast and will still provide you with the nutrients of banana that other banana bread recipes tend to drown out with too many heavily caloric ingredients. Better yet, make it for dessert. Toast it up and serve with a bit of whipped cream for a true treat.

Nutrition: 350 calories, 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 27 g sugar

Serves 4

Recipe Summary

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup Country Crock® Spread
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with additional Country Crock® Spread set aside.

Combine mashed bananas, Country Crock® Spread, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl with wooden spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients until blended. Spoon into prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes on wire rack remove from pan and cool completely.

How do you make banana bread:

  1. First, you toss together your flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Then you mash your bananas with a fork.
  3. Mix the mashed bananas with your eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Pour the batter into a 9࡫″ pan and bake at 325F for about an hour.

Banana Bread

1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup, melted

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

3 medium sized bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together flour and baking soda in a large bowl and set aside. Combine melted butter, sugar, sour cream, eggs, bananas and vanilla extract. Stir together with a spoon. Add to flour mixture and mix well with spoon. Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray and add batter to pan.

Swirl for Batter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts, (pecans or walnuts), Optional

Combine and spread on top of the banana batter. Take a knife and swirl into batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 65 to 70 minutes checking until done as ovens vary. It took mine 70 minutes to cook. Remove from oven and let cool. Drizzle on topping below.

Topping for Cooked Banana Bread

3 tablespoons milk, more or less

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together and drizzle over cooled banana bread.

You can freeze this bread or reheat. It keeps well for several days in a cool, dry place. You can also refrigerate. Makes one loaf. Enjoy!

Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe

Until I found this recipe, I used to throw bananas that turned black and soft straight into the composter. Not any more! Bananas gone past their prime are the best for this recipe and if you have more of them then what the instructions call for – do not worry – use them – it will make the bread even better! And the good thing is that you can store this delicious bread in your freezer for a long time – when you defrost it, it will taste as if you had just baked it that day!

Best Ever Banana Bread


  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup of corn syrup
  • I cup of mashed bananas
  1. Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in nuts.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients together in another bowl.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour in liquid, stir only until flour is moistened.
  5. Spoon into a greased loaf pan (8-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″)
  6. Bake at 350F for 55 to 60 minutes

Hope you will enjoy this recipe – please send me your comments, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (light or regular)
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, mix together well the bananas, sugar, oil, sour cream and eggs.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Then add the dry mix to the banana mix, stirring until just combined. It couldn&apost be easier!
  4. Bake in a greased 9 by 5 inch loaf pan at 325 degrees for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until a tester comes out clean.
  5. Cool for five minutes before removing from pan.

  1. For the Banana Bread
    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with additional I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spread set aside.
    2. Combine mashed banana, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spread, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with wooden spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients until blended. Spoon into prepared pan*.
    3. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes on wire rack remove from pan and cool completely. If desired, top with Vanilla Glaze.

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    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 3 medium-ripe bananas , peeled and mashed
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Grease a 9࡫ loaf pan.
    • WHISK egg in a large bowl. Whisk in sugar, mayo, vanilla and bananas until combined.
    • STIR flours with baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add 3/4 cup walnuts. Fold into banana mixture until no white streaks remain.
    • SCRAPE into prepared pan and smooth top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.
    • BAKE in centre of oven until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 min. Turn out loaf and cool completely, about 30 min.