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One-Bowl Banana Bread

Banana bread. It's easy to make, warming on a cold day, and makes the house smell wonderful. Perfect to bake for a holiday morning, a bake sale, or just to welcome newcomers to the neighborhood (pre-Covid of course). It's just one of those things that feels so comforting and inviting.

This recipe is rather basic, but don't worry, it was intentional. Banana bread can take on so many different forms and everyone has their own preference. Do you like walnuts in your bread? Add 'em. Chocolate chips? Toss them in! Celiac? This recipe can be made gluten-free. You could even make this vegan if that's what you need.

You'll notice there's no sugar component in this recipe (aside from the optional topping) and that's because I wanted to highlight the bananas. Over-ripe bananas are sweet to begin with and I wanted that to come through. That being said, if you like your bread on the very sweet side, you can modify this by using 2 bananas and 1/4-1/2 cup of liquid sweetener.

My favorite way to eat this is warmed up with a bit of maple butter, but I'd love to know your favorite way to eat banana bread. Let me know in the comments!

One-Bowl Banana Bread

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 55-60 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 3 medium-sized bananas

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 3/4 cup flour

  • Optional 1/2 cup mix-ins (chocolate chips, walnuts, etc)

  • Optional topping: 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon (raw sugar works best, but granulated does the job)


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas.

  3. Whisk in the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla, making sure all ingredients are combined.

  4. Add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.

  5. Gently fold in any desired mix-ins.

  6. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. If using, sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter.

  7. Bake on the center rack for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. My bread was done right at the 55 minute mark, but it may depend on your oven and any mix-ins used.

  8. Let cool 30 minutes before slicing.

  9. Enjoy!


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