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8 Ingredient Banana Bread

This easy 8 ingredient banana bread is a classic favorite! Light, airy banana bread loaded with chunks of ripe banana. With just 8 ingredients this bread comes together quickly and couldn’t be easier, i have made it over a dozen times and its perfect each time! This banana bread is also freezer friendly! Perfect for gifting during the holidays or as a fun weekend bake.

banana bread layered on a cooling rack

What is the best way to freeze banana bread?

After baking, allow banana bread to cool completely. Slice as desired and wrap in aluminum foil, date and label as needed. Slicing before freezing makes it easy to grab one slice at a time. To reheat, simply remove aluminum and wrap in a paper towel, microwave for 30-45 seconds and enjoy!

slices of banana bread with glasses of espresso

TOOLS I USED FOR THIS RECIPE:

  • Non-stick Loaf Pan – there is nothing worse than the corners of your bread sticking to the pan, I’ve had this pan for a few years now and it is still non-stick + easy to clean
  • Parchment Paper – parchment paper is such a versatile item to keep on hand. I use this to line my loaf pan after greasing it
  • KitchenAid 6 Qt. Stand Mixer – I always recommend a stand mixer as it saves time and helps to keep baked goods consistent.

Variations:

  • Mix in chopped nuts
  • Mix in chocolate chips or chunks
  • Swirl in Nutella or peanut butter
  • Top with a cinnamon sugar mix before baking
  • Fold in frozen blueberries
banana bread batter in a lined loaf pan

I find the best way to line a loaf pan is to first spray with cooking spray, than place a small strip of parchment paper across the middle. Secure the parchment with oven safe clips, after baked and cooled, simply lift the sides of the parchment paper to easily release the bread!

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slices of banana bread on a cooling rack

Instructions for 8 ingredient banana bread:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, grease or line a loaf pan, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, and the vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • Add in the mashed bananas and gently mix to incorporate. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking soda, mix to combine. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until incorporated, careful not to overmix.
  • Transfer batter into the greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.
piece of banana bread torn in half

8 Ingredient Banana Bread

5 from 4 votes
Course: Bread, Quick Bread
Keyword: Banana Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 210kcal
Author: The Hearty Life
Cost: $
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Equipment:

  • Loaf Pan

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • 2-3 Large, Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, grease or line a loaf pan, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, and the vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • Add in the mashed bananas and gently mix to incorporate. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking soda, mix to combine. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until incorporated, careful not to overmix.
  • Transfer batter into the greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.

Nutrition:

Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 210 kcal | Carbohydrates: 31 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 48 mg | Sodium: 200 mg | Potassium: 99 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 19 g | Vitamin A: 289 IU | Vitamin C: 2 mg | Calcium: 10 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

slices of banana bread on parchment paper with cups of espresso and a butter knife

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