If you are baking for the first time, there is always a recipe that you turn to that is simple, tasty, and easy to make. Banana bread recipes have a reputation of being easy to make, plus, it uses easy ingredients and bananas that you might think should be tossed out rather than used in a recipe.
Those overripe bananas are perfect for making into banana bread! However, if you have bananas that are not quite ripe enough that you want to use, you might have to wait a day or three before it is overripe.
Not eager to wait? You can do two things to speed up the ripening process:
- Mash it with a little calamansi or lemon juice if your bananas are ripe enough for eating but not yet overripe. Then, let it sit, about an hour, to become sweeter.
- Bake it until softened. Bake bananas in a preheated 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) oven for about five to seven minutes. The blackened skins hide the now sweetened and softened bananas. Let cool before using it.
The road to great banana bread is an easy one. You just have to pick one from this list of our best banana bread recipes:
Banana Loaf Recipe
Banana bread is usually found baked in a loaf pan so whether you call it bread or loaf, this is the basic recipe you can trust when you are making your first banana bread.
Coffee Banana Bread Recipe
Coffee is usually reserved for chocolate since coffee is a great flavor enhancer for it. However, there is no reason it can't do the same thing with bananas! In this banana bread recipe, the coffee isn't just another ingredient to make another ingredient taste better. Here, it's an additional flavor that makes this banana bread supremely better tasting. If you love coffee and bananas, you need to try this combo!
Chocolate Marble Banana Bread Recipe
There seems to be little that chocolate cannot make taste better! A banana bread is just one such recipe that is not only made to taste better with the inclusion of a swirl of dark chocolate batter into the banana bread batter, but it is made more irresistible with it. You get pockets of chocolate cake and banana bread in every bite!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe
For those who want more than just chocolate cake swirled into the banana bread mix, you can add bursts of melted chocolate instead! Swap out the chocolate batter in the marble cake version and substitute it with tiny chocolate chips instead. When it becomes heated through, the chocolate chips melt and stay melty so you have bits of silky chocolate instead of chocolate flavor spread throughout your bread.
Banana Walnut Bread Recipe
Nuts are another ingredient that can instantly elevate a recipe from mediocre to outstanding! If you want a classic banana bread that doesn't have much fuss other than the snatches of nutty crunch you get when you encounter a walnut, this is the recipe for you.
No-Bake Banana Bread Recipe
There are few recipes that do well as a no-bake recipe. The banana bread, thankfully, is one of those recipes that emerge wonderfully soft, tender, and aromatically irresistible when it's done "baking." If you want banana bread but don't have an oven, this is the option that you should go for.
You don't have to stop here! One of the best reasons to master the banana bread is that it tastes so great when combined with other ingredients. If you have a range of spices in your kitchen, a tiny pinch of ground nutmeg, allspice, or even cloves together with the ground cinnamon can and will brighten up the flavors of the banana. You can stir in other nuts in there, too!
So yes, you can make the flavor possibilities multiply if you give yourself a chance to make something delicious from an ingredient you thought was too ripe to do anything with. Letting those overly ripe bananas go to waste will never cross your mind again.