Nani's Cranny

Nani’s Favorite Banana Bread

It’s not uncommon for my bananas to get ripe before they get eaten. Banana bread is a favorite family treat. This is my favorite recipe for banana bread. Baking at a lower temperature takes longer, but creates a much more evenly baked bread. I love mine with nuts and/or chocolate chips.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 to 1 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional

Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan. Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk, cinnamon and vanilla.
Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients stirring just enough to mix well. Add chocolate chips and/or nuts if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour 10 minutes or more at 325 degrees. Bread is done when toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool.


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