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Banana Bread バナナブレッド

Banana Bread | JustOneCookbook.com

My best friend gave me this banana bread recipe more than 10 years ago.  This is so good that one loaf won’t last two days at our house.  Enjoy!

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Banana Bread
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Serves: 1 Loaf
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, soften
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1⅔ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable,canola, or grapeseed oil
  • 4 ripe bananas (one for decoration, sliced)
  • ½ - ⅔ cup raisins (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a baking dish (bottom and sides).
  2. In the stand mixer, add butter and sugar and combine well.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and add vanilla next.
  4. Slowly add half of flour and slowly mix well. Then add the rest of flour and mix.
  5. Add baking soda, baking powder, and oil.
  6. Add 3 bananas and mix. If you want to add raisins, add here.
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking dish (I used 8" x 8") and put slices of 1 banana on top as decoration.
  8. Bake for 1 hour, or until an inserted skewer comes off clean. Cover the top with aluminum foil if the top burns too fast. After cooling down for 5 minutes, remove the bread from the baking dish. Ready to serve after 10 minutes.
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  • Saukok March 20, 2011, 7:58 am

    Hi Nami, I’m making this again to bring to a friend who just had a baby. The last time I made it it was such a hit…

    • Nami March 20, 2011, 4:26 pm

      Hi Sau! I’m really happy to know you are baking the banana bread again! And thank you for letting me know that. When I saw your comment this morning, it made my day. Baking it for the second time means you really liked it! :-)

  • Lin June 20, 2011, 7:32 am

    Hi Nami,

    We love banana bread. I owuld love to try yr recipe, however my husband cannot take butter, can I replace the butter with oil?


    • Nami June 20, 2011, 8:44 am

      Hi Lin! Thank you for being interested in this recipe and asking the question. However…I’m not really a baker (as you might have guessed) and I am afraid I can’t answer to this question. I assume it’s replaceable but I’m not sure how much oil is equivalent to the amount of butter in order to get the right texture. So sorry I can’t help you with this. :-(

  • Jae November 13, 2011, 7:06 am

    Hi Nami,
    What is the weight of banana to be used? Do we have to mash them?

    • Nami November 13, 2011, 2:27 pm

      Hi Jae, it’s about 600-700g (1.5-1.8oz). I break and mash bananas with my hands when I put in. Thanks for asking the questions!

  • Barbi February 25, 2013, 6:57 pm

    This sounds delicious, I want to try it this week. Can you tell me what size pan you usually use? The picture looks like an 8×8. Thanks! Barbi

    • Nami February 25, 2013, 11:14 pm

      Hi Barbi! Yes, it’s 8″ x 8″. Hope you enjoy this banana bread! :)

  • Gourmet Creations March 6, 2013, 7:00 am

    Love this!

  • Natasha (@NatashasKitchen) June 20, 2013, 7:59 pm

    I love your decoration on top of the bread :). We make banana bread all the time, but this gives me an idea how to decorate the top.

  • YJ May 31, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Hi Nami,
    Instead of using a stand mixer, could I just use a spatula to combine the ingredients? Or would I need to cream the butter, sugar and eggs together? thanks.

    • Nami June 2, 2014, 12:52 am

      Hi YJ! Yes, you can use a spatula to mix this, instead of stand mixer. :)

  • Loren June 8, 2014, 9:26 pm

    hi Nami,

    would really love to try this recipe. may i ask how much is 1 stick of butter ? thank you

    • Nami June 9, 2014, 1:26 am

      Hi Loren! American 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup = 8 Tbsp = 113 grams. Thank you for asking!