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How to Incorporate Flaxseed in Your Banana Bread Recipes

How to Incorporate Flaxseed in Your Banana Bread Recipes

When a creative cook meets the wannabe fit mom in me… Before you let your imagination loose, let me just finish the thought 😊 Experiments in my kitchen are inspired by my desire to feed my kids healthy and me wanting to keep in shape. This is not an easy task, especially when it comes to sweet treats.

I love making simple and easy things, hence banana bread is often in the repertoire. I have managed to make our fav breakfast/dessert much healthier by simply replacing sugar with stevia and using whole wheat instead of regular refined flour.

After perfecting the recipe, I started contemplating about add-ins. Fruits are the first choice, of course, but in case you get bored, I recommend seeds.

Don’t know where to start? This post is here to help you.

Flaxseed Banana Bread Recipe

Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and essential minerals. It improves digestion, rejuvenates skin, reduces bad cholesterol levels, restores hormonal balance, lowers cancer risk. Moreover, flaxseed can help you reduce and maintain weight by reducing sugar cravings!

You can include toasted whole flax seeds to give your banana bread a crunchy and a nutty twist but, in baked goods, flaxseed is commonly consumed ground because more easily digestible in that form; otherwise, it can pass through the organism undigested. You can find ground flaxseed in the supermarkets or you can use a coffee grinder to grind them at home.

Flaxseed pairs very well with all sorts of nuts in banana bread recipes, but it also ‘loves’ raisins and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Healthy chocolate banana bread? This one is my favorite! Combine a ¼ cup of flaxseed with ½ cup whole wheat flour to form the base and add a 1/2 cup of cocoa powder plus a ½ cup dark chocolate chips into the batter to achieve the chocolate taste. Cocoa and dark chocolate are very good for you. They contain antioxidants which help improve heart health and boost your mood. Do I need to mention the divine taste?

Flaxseed is also used to make flax eggs. This is perfect for vegans, people allergic to chicken eggs, or those that are just looking to reduce the calorie count in their banana bread recipe. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water, stir and put the mixture in the fridge to set for about 15 minutes.

There is another flax product you can use to make your banana bread recipe even healthier – flax oil. Refined vegetable oils we are using on regular basis are absolutely harmful. The process of refinement removes all nutrients and infuses them with artificial substances. Butter, on the other hand, is comprised of high amounts of saturated fats which are also to be avoided.

Flax oil is obtained by pressing dried, ripe seeds of the plant. This means that all nutrients remain intact. In addition, this yellowish oil is very low in calories. One advice though: make sure you buy only organic, cold-pressed flax oil from renown brands.

3 Different Ways to Incorporate Chia Seeds in Your Banana Bread Recipes

3 Different Ways to Incorporate Chia Seeds in Your Banana Bread Recipes

Information on food and nutrition is so widely available that it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. As a mom, I can no longer ignore the fact that white refined sugar is bad, especially when I know that there are so many safe, natural alternatives to it.

Banana bread is one of the favorite sweet treats in our house. The kids love it because of its taste, whereas I love banana bread for its simplicity of preparation. So, how do you make this quick bread healthier? Getting rid of the sugar is the first step to creating a healthy banana bread recipe. I have switched to stevia and I am very happy with the results.

Proceed to replace the white refined flour with whole wheat or gluten-free flour like coconut, almond, rice, buckwheat, cassava…Just visit a healthy food store nearby and ask for advice.

Once you have eliminated your two worst enemies, think about add-ins. Adding healthy ingredients to your banana bread is the easiest way to boost its nutritive value. I recommend seeds. To be more precise, chia seeds.

Why Use Chia Seeds in Your Banana Bread Recipes?

Even though tiny in size, chia seeds are enormous when it comes to nutrition. They are rich in protein, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins.

Serving your kids with a slice of chia seed banana bread is the best way to start the day – this seed improves brain functions and boosts energy levels (not that they need an extra energy boost😊). Chia is good for moms as well: it makes the skin healthier and facilitates weight loss.

I am sure this part intrigued you. Is it possible to eat banana bread and lose weight? Seems like all our dreams have come true. Chia seeds can absorb ten times their weight in water. This way they slow digestion and keep you feel full for a longer period of time, reducing sugar cravings at the same time.

Moreover, due to the high zinc content, chia is perfect for those looking to build muscle mass. Zinc in chia seeds regulates appetite and energy expenditure, providing strength and endurance at the same time. Seems like I am running out of excuses to start exercising 😊

How to Incorporate Chia Seeds in Your Banana Bread Recipes

You can add two to three tablespoons of chia seeds in any banana bread recipe you make. My favorite recipe is the one for chocolate banana bread that calls for chia seeds on top of ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is another ingredient you can consume guilt-free. It is a powerful antioxidant and a very efficient mood booster.

Besides in their original form, chia seeds can also be ground and used as a flour substitute in your banana bread recipes. All you need is a coffee grinder to turn the seeds into powder. Start with ¼ cup of chia powder, combined with a 3/4 cup of another type of flour into the batter and see how you like it.

Finally, chia can serve as a great substitute for chicken eggs. If you are vegan, allergic to eggs, or simply want to reduce the calorie count in your banana bread, simply combine a tablespoon of ground chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water for each egg you are replacing in the recipe. Stir and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to set.

Bon appetite!

How to Make Banana Bread in a Jar

How to Make Banana Bread in a Jar

Have you seen banana bread in a jar? It is the cutest gift you can give your guests after a Christmas dinner, bridal or baby shower, a relaxed birthday party or a rustic wedding. I made banana bread in a jar for my sister’s baby shower last year. Easy and simple you say, but the first attempt was not so successful. Here is what I’ve learned.

Choose the Best Jars for Your Banana Bread

Glass jars are your safest bet. Unlike plastic containers, glass will not infuse your quick-loaf with harmful chemicals. However, glass jars can break during baking. If this happens, the banana bread in that jar cannot be eaten. To stay on the safe side, make sure you use high-quality, original mason jars.

You can also sterilize the jars in boiling hot water to destroy any bacteria. Special attention should be paid to the jars’ rims and lids. Leave them to dry thoroughly after sterilization.

When it comes to size, opt for small, half-pint, i.e. 8 ounce jars with wide mouths.

What Else Do You Need to Make Banana Bread in a Jar?

Besides jars, here is what else you need:

Easy and simple banana bread recipe

Cooking spray

Parchment paper

Baking tray

Follow the instructions given in the banana bread recipe to mix the ingredients. A standard banana bread recipe should yield about five mason jars. Grease the jars well (well-greased jars will allow the quick-loaf to be removed easily from the jar).

Use a spoon to fill the jars with the banana bread batter. Be careful not to overfill. Halfway to 2/3 full jars are OK since the batter will rise during baking.  Do not close the jars with the lids.

Baking Banana Bread in a Jar

Line the baking tray with parchment paper, then arrange the jars on the baking tray, making sure they don’t touch.

Place the baking tray on the middle rack of the oven. Bake at a relatively low temperature and reduce the baking time suggested in the banana bread recipe by 10-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, the loaf is done.

Removing the Banana Bread from the Jars

If you wish to remove the banana loaves from the jars to get cute, mini loaves, let them cool to room temperature first. The jars should remain open at all times. If you close them at this point, the heat will seal the jars, causing botulism toxins to develop and turn your quick bread into a hazardous treat!

Once the jars have cooled, turn them upside down and tap one by one. The banana loaves should slide right out!

Banana bread recipes are not the only ones that produce cute food gifts. You can also try apple, pumpkin, zucchini, and date bread.

To make the gifts perfect, tie a ribbon, add a recipe card or a name tag and place the jars in a small basket along with another jar of chocolate chips, fruit slices, peanut butter or anything you like.

7 Fun Facts About Bananas and Banana Bread You Didn’t Know

7 Fun Facts About Bananas and Banana Bread You Didn’t Know

We all love banana bread!

It is one of the simplest sweet treats on the planet and yet utterly delicious. I am sure you all know that overripe bananas are the best to use in your banana bread recipes but did you know that banana bread is not a bread at all? Or that it is very good for your heart? Read on and find out more interesting facts about your favorite delight.


  1. Banana bread became widely popular with the invention of rising agents like baking powder and baking soda in the 1930’s. Before that, housewives used pearlash.


  1. The first banana bread recipe appeared in Pillsbury’s Balanced Recipes cookbook but this treat became more widely accepted after another recipe appeared in Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950.


  1. By definition, banana bread is a quick bread because it contains no yeast but does contain baking powder. Cooking experts claim that it is actually more a cake (or, to be more precise ‘tea cake’) than a bread. This is due to the fact that it contains quite a lot of sugar. They believe that it is called bread because it’s cut into slices and served with butter, unlike traditional cakes that are cut in wedges and usually richly frosted.


  1. Banana bread is very good for your heart and bananas take all the credit for this. They are very rich in potassium, a mineral that regulates blood pressure and normalized heart function. However, it is worth noting that all health benefits of banana bread recipes go out of the window if you load it with refined sugar. Use stevia or raw honey instead.


  1. In addition, bananas have a very low glycemic index, which gives you an energy boost. This makes banana bread a perfect breakfast treat that will kick start your day!


  1. Bananas have arrived in the USA in the 1870’s and became an instant hit, finding their way into many desserts. Today, are the most consumed fruit in the States; over 90% of the households in the US buy bananas at least once a month. We bet a good portion of them ends up in banana bread recipes.


  1. And finally, your banana bread recipes are all mutants! The good old yellow banana we all eat and love is a genetic variation on the numerous other varieties (more than 500 to be more precise). It is also the sweetest variety of all. Furthermore, bananas appear in a whole rainbow of colors – some are even vibrant pink and taste more like strawberries. They also come in many shapes and sizes, from large purple-colored plantains to tiny finger fruits.


So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and find some pink bananas. It’s time to make banana bread recipes even more fun and exciting!

How to Make the Best Banana Bread – 15 Easy Recipes

How to Make the Best Banana Bread – 15 Easy Recipes

Everybody has a favorite banana bread recipe in their cookbook… scratch that, I meant cooking app. The reason everybody loves this quick-bread is its simplicity. The first requirement for producing a perfect banana loaf is to have a few tired bananas sitting in the pantry and waiting to be saved. The rest of the ingredients are pretty basic – flour, sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt, and butter/oil.

Banana bread recipes are very flexible. That means you can still make banana bread even if you lack one of the above-mentioned ingredients. Plus, you can add any extras that come to mind without spoiling its deliciousness. On the contrary, it will taste even better!

When it comes to the method of preparation, nothing is faster and easier to make from scratch than a banana loaf. Ten minutes to throw the ingredients together and an hour wait for the oven to do its job! The most important thing you need to possess at this point is patience. You will need it in order to resist that heavenly aroma coming out of your kitchen.

However, every amazing dish has its own secrets and even the simplest ones can fail. For instance, you might end up with a flatbread instead of a tender and moist banana cake. Or the loaf is perfectly prepared but you’ve used a wrong type of baking pan and you are unable to remove the loaf without mutilating it.

This post reveals the secrets to making a perfect banana bread from scratch.

Choose the Right Ingredients for Your Banana Bread

  1. Bananas

Some food historians believe that banana bread became popularized during the Great Depression by housewives who found various resourceful ways to reuse foods such as overripe bananas.

So how do you know if the bananas sitting in the cabinet are good to use in your recipe? Overripe bananas are easier to process (i.e. mash), but standard yellow ones yield more intense flavor. So, my advice is to use slightly overripe, i.e. soft bananas, with a few brown spots on the skin.

One thing you can be sure of is that using greenish bananas in banana bread is forbidden! However, if you are experiencing a raging banana bread crave, there is a solution. Place the unpeeled greenish bananas on a baking sheet in the oven and bake at 250°F for about 15 minutes until soft. They will be completely black, but don’t let the unappealing looks fool you. These black bananas will produce a perfect loaf. Let them cool, peel, and start preparing your recipe.

How do you process the bananas? The classic way most cooks prefer is to mash them to a puree with a fork. Other cooks opt for food processors in order to obtain a perfectly smooth puree. The third option is to smash the bananas, leaving a few chunks. This will make the banana-y flavor stand out. Bottom line is – don’t over-mash!

How many bananas are enough for a perfect banana bread? Most recipes call for two or three, but to emphasize the banana flavor, use a total of four bananas.

banana bread

  1. Flour

You can replace the all-purpose flour for whole wheat, or another favorite whole-grain flour like barley and spelt. Choose from gluten-free flours like oatmeal, coconut, rice, chickpea, or tapioca flour. Mix and match to make a different quick-bread every time.

  1. Sugar

Most recipes call for regular granulated sugar. Bear in mind that overripe bananas are quite sweet, so they act as a natural sweetener in the loaf. Those who don’t fancy their delights too sweet can simply skip the sugar. If you still want to use a sweetener, choose a healthier option like honey, pure maple syrup, or molasses.

  1. Dairy

Dairy contributes tenderness and moistness to your banana loaf. When to comes to dairy substitutes, you can choose from non-dairy milk like almond, coconut, soy or rice milk, or opt for fermented dairy products like kefir or sour milk. Yogurt? Even better. The secret ingredient that will lift up your bread (literally) is buttermilk. No buttermilk at hand? Add a tablespoon of white vinegar in a glass of milk (any kind of milk) and wait for 5 minutes.

  1. Eggs

Eggs are crucial because they act as a binder in every recipe. But if you have forgotten to buy eggs, don’t rush to the store just yet. Check if you have some chia or flax seed and mix one of them with water to make a sticky egg-like substitute in only 15 minutes!

Another way is to mix two tablespoons of flour with 1/2 teaspoon of oil, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and 2 tablespoons of milk or yogurt. Beat them together until smooth. This mixture replaces one egg.

  1. Fat

The classic choice is melted butter, whether just softened or completely melted.  Other variants use vegetable oil which makes the bread fluffier.

  1. Rising agents

The flexibility of the ingredients we mentioned before does not apply to rising agents. In order to be fluffy and soft, your banana loaf needs baking soda or baking powder. If you don’t have any of them in your pantry you last resort is self-rising flour.

Choose the Right Cookware for Your Banana Bread

Never underestimate the importance of great cookware. A sticky pan can ruin even the best banana bread. Here is what you must have in your kitchen.

  1. Loaf pan

Preheat the oven to 350°F. When choosing the perfect loaf pan, the key word is – nonstick. Most of us own metal pans, with dimensions 9 x 5 x 2 ¾’’. If your pan is sticky, cover the bottom and sides with parchment paper and spray the inside with nonstick spray. As a substitute for metal pans, you can use glass, stoneware,  or ceramic pans.

  1. Bowls, cups, and teaspoons

You need one saucepan or fireproof bowl to melt the butter in. The rest of the bowls used to hold the measured ingredients can be glass, plastic or ceramic, doesn’t matter. The size is optional, but small to medium will suffice. Don’t forget a teaspoon for measuring the salt and, optionally, vanilla extract.

  1. Whisker

You need this tool to mix the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in the mixing bowl until combined. Add the eggs and keep whisking until smooth, then add the milk. This can be easily done with a fork or spoon as well. Some cooks prefer to use hand mixers or food processors. This method is faster and easier but will leave you with a few more dishes to wash afterward.

  1. Fork

This simple utensil is crucial in banana bread recipes. You need a fork to mash the bananas, although it is probably even more efficient if you use a potato masher for this purpose. Add the mashed bananas into the mixing bowl.

  1. Spatula

Once you add the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt) into the mixing bowl, it is time to switch to using a spatula.  Stir in the ingredients, bearing in mind this general rule –  lumpy batters produce fluffier delights. The spatula performs two more important tasks; it scrapes all the batter from the bowl effectively and smoothens the top of the batter when poured into the loaf pan. You can even use it to spread glaze over the loaf.  Extra tip: a palette knife or a regular knife can also be used for this purpose.

  1. Cake tester

Cake tester or an ordinary toothpick is inserted into the batter to check the doneness. If it comes out clean, the banana loaf is ready to be devoured!

15 Easy Banana Bread Recipes

Banana bread is great for saving your dying bananas, but you can also save any kind of unused fruits by incorporating them in this versatile recipe and take your quick-bread to a healthier level. To add even more wholesomeness plus some crunchiness, go for nuts!

Fruity Banana Bread

  1. Pumpkin Banana Bread. Pumpkin supports banana’s health benefits that include improved heart rhythm, better vision, and facilitated weight loss plus contributes a few extra nutrients that will regulate your blood pressure and sleeping patterns.

When incorporating pumpkin puree into your banana loaf, don’t forget to pair it with spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove in order to create that special autumn-y taste. Another ingredient that pumpkin loves is vanilla. Add vanilla into the batter or, better yet, to a glaze that also calls for heavy cream, sugar, and a pinch of salt.

  1. Avocado Banana Bread. This super-fruit will give your bread amazing creaminess, in addition to its many nutritive elements that include vitamins B5, B6, C, E, and K, as well as high levels of folate and potassium. Combine two small mashed avocados with either chocolate chips or berries in your quick-bread.
  1. Blueberry Banana Bread. Speaking of berries, it is hard to decide which one to make use of. Strawberry banana bread slices make a completely sinful combination with smeared Nutella cream. However, if you are looking for a healthier snack, choose blueberries. Dubbed ‘one of the world’s healthiest fruits’, these purple marbles contain powerful antioxidants that keep you safe from diseases, as well as fiber that keeps you satiated for a longer time.

Nutty Banana Bread

Nuts are rich in essential unsaturated and monounsaturated fats, amino acids, vitamins E and B2, folate, fiber, as well as numerous minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and copper.

  1. Pecans Banana Bread

This recipe recommends almond milk or cashew milk which adds extra nuttiness plus moistness and vegetable oil instead of butter to make it completely dairy-free. All the wet ingredients are mixed in a blender, which makes the process of preparing this quick-bread even faster. The recipe calls for one cup chopped pecans and is packed with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. It also involves a glaze made with almond/cashew milk or heavy cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Don’t forget to add a few more toasted pecans on top.

  1. Almond Banana Bread

Capture the almond flavor by choosing almond flour, almond extract, almond milk, or chopped and toasted almonds. Better yet, combine all of them to prepare one really nutty banana loaf.

  1. Walnut Banana Bread

Adding a handful of chopped walnuts to your standard banana bread will make it healthier, but incorporating it into a cheese-stuffed, chocolate chips coffee banana loaf is an offer that is very difficult to reject. It’s the most decadent and most delicious version of banana bread ever made. The deliciousness doesn’t stop here – the loaf has cinnamon walnut streusel, cream cheese filling, and vanilla glaze. I think that it is fair to say that this delight is a real cake!

Luscious Banana Bread

Preparing for a special occasion? The Walnut Banana Bread mentioned above is not the only mind-blowing alternative. A few simple ingredients like chocolate, caramel, or funfetti will transform your simple banana loaf into a decadent and delicious cake.

  1. Chocolate Banana Bread

It is impossible to write about banana bread without mentioning chocolate. Chocolate is the easiest way to transform simple treats into real delights. Choosing dark chocolate will help you create a banana bread with double benefit – one that is absolutely delicious and good for you at the same time. Dark chocolate is known to be a powerful antioxidant, as well as an ingredient that boosts the brain functions and increases the energy levels. Let’s not forget the effect it has on our mood!

Simply adding chocolate chips is not enough to turn your banana bread into a divine cake. Why not make a triple chocolate banana bread? The batter is made with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Then, the cake is covered with a chocolate glaze made of melted chocolate together with heavy cream.

  1. Caramelized Banana Bread

Caramelize the bananas. To achieve that, melt a few tablespoons of butter in a hot pan and add a sliced banana. Next, add brown sugar and cook for about 10 minutes. Once the bananas are done, puree them with an electric mixer and add to the batter.

Cover this scrumptious loaf with sweetened condensed milk, also known as Dulce le leche. To prepare your own homemade Dulce le leche, pour some milk into a glass dish and cover with foil. Place the glass dish in a larger dish filled with hot water and bake at 425o F for about an hour. Cover the loaf richly!

  1. Funfetti Banana Bread

This recipe can be made with a Funfetti cake mix combined with eggs and mashed bananas, but since recipes made from scratch always taste better, prepare a standard banana bread batter and add colorful sprinkles inside. Choose a glaze to complement the bread with, add some more sprinkles, stick a candle, and blow!

Leftover Banana Bread

In case of leftovers, don’t fret, rely on your banana bread.

  1. Banana Bread French Toast

Take your yesterday’s bread and cut it in slices. Dip each slice in a mixture made out of eggs, milk, and vanilla, making sure both sides are well-coated. Then cook each side on a previously buttered hot frying pan until golden brown. Serve warm, covered with maple syrup.

  1. Banana Bread Pudding

The easiest way to save your unused banana bread from being thrown away in the garbage is to cover it in sauces and other toppings, then bake. For instance, try peanut butter and caramel sauce.

  1. Banana Bread Smoothie

Start your day with an amazing mix made with banana bread slices whirled in a food processor until you obtain very fine crumbs. Mix this base with ripe banana, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and nutmeg.

banana bread pancakes

Leftover Banana Bread Batter

Banana bread is everybody’s sweet treat but what if you overestimate your family’s eating capacity? You turn it into something even more delicious.

  1. Banana Bread Muffins

Pouring your banana bread batter into muffin pans will result in the cutest sweet treat. Make sure to fill the pans ¾ because the batter will rise during baking. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Top them with your favorite frosting or glaze.

  1. Banana Bread Pancakes

Add only a cup of milk to the standard banana bread batter to make it runnier. All you need to do now is decide whether you will cook it in a pan or in a waffle maker.

  1. Banana Bread Cookies

Put a tablespoon of batter for each cookie on a nonstick sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Prepare your favorite frosting and spread on each cookie.

Secrets to the Best Banana Bread Recipes

Secrets to the Best Banana Bread Recipes

First of all, let us back up a little bit. Bananas were first introduced in America in the 1870s, and although people could enjoy them while they were all yellow and fresh, once they ripened they had no alternative but throwing bananas away. Since there was no way they could have frozen them, and blenders were still science fiction, bunches of bananas ended up going to waste.

At least, this was the case until the 1930s, when the Great Depression set in. It was then that the Pillsbury Cooking Service published a collection of recipe cards that included what is commonly perceived to be the very first banana bread recipe in America, and it caught on like wildfire. In a time of poverty and dread, making use of ripe fruits was just what American households needed.

The story about how banana bread came to be in the States is not all rainbows and butterflies, but the silver lining of it all is the fact that today we can enjoy a scrumptious banana bread bite and what’s more, improve the original recipe to perfection.

Also, be sure to check out our amazing collection with the best banana bread recipes on the internet!

Choose Your Cookware Carefully

Although oftentimes taken for granted, the selection of the right baking pan is crucial. This is so because the choice of the baking pan will affect the texture of your banana bread as well as the baking time.

Shape and Size

If you are using a bigger pan, then the batter will be evenly spread and naturally, it will be thinner, thus the baking time will be faster and you will get more crust.

It is called banana bread, so the bread pan is the standard dish required in most of the recipes. But, this doesn’t mean you have to be confined to only using this type.

Why not try muffin pans and get your banana bread in the form of a muffin? The use of the latter will result in a faster baking time than that of a standard loaf pan.

You can also use a square pan (about 8 in. in width and 3 in. high). If you opt for this shape bake for 45 minutes instead of an hour (on 350 F), but be careful, even if the banana bread looks like it is perfectly done on the sides, check the middle part since it might still need a minute or two more.


There is also a notable difference between baking in different pans when it comes to the material they are made of. Baking in glass pans (Pyrex), metal loaf pans, and non-stick loaf pans will call  for different cook time. Baked goods will cook quite faster in a glass pan, than in metal one, and this is because our ovens transmit heat through infrared radiation and glass pans are transparent to it, whereas the metal ones are reflective, and some of the heat gets reflected off.

So if you opt for a glass pan, lower the temperature by about 25 F and add about 10 minutes to the cook time, and be on the lookout for doneness. You can check whether the banana bread is done by inserting a toothpick into the bread as soon as you see it turning brown and solid on top and see whether it comes out dry, if it does, your loaf is done.

However, the best choice would be using aluminum pans. Remember the talk about glass being a temperature insulator? Well, this might lead to burned bread, and since darker pans absorb the heat the result might again be a burned loaf.

If you don’t possess an aluminum pan, go ahead and use parchment (nonstick paper) to cover the bottom and sides of your pan. Proceed to spray the inside with nonstick cooking spray and you are good to go.

Prepare the Moistest Banana Bread

The quality for which this quick bread is so loved is its moistness. However not always do banana bread loaves turn out moist, and even more so, they turn out to be dry and tasteless.

Little do people know that the banana bread’s moistness is highly dependable on three things: fat, fruit, and dairy.


Now, you can add fat in the form of oils or butter. Many recipes encourage people to use oil for moister banana loaves, but we would advise against it. The reason behind this is because the final outcome may be greasy instead of moist, and that is definitely not something anyone craves for. Opting for butter will also result in a rich texture, and it pairs perfectly well with the sugar.

Another alternative when it comes to the “fat” part is using shortening. Using this alternative will not only result in a moist banana bread, but it will also ensure it doesn’t lose its moistness when served at family gatherings, or any other function that requires for the slices to be exposed to air and are at a risk of becoming dry.

Somewhere in-between oil and butter is the coconut oil. The perk of using this oil is the fact that it is solid at room temperature (much like butter) so you will not lose in the texture department, whereas it is as wet as oils are, so it will definitely ensure a moist texture. Another advantage of using coconut oil in your banana bread is the fact that it pairs perfectly well with fruits and will give it a nice tropical aroma. (If you, however, are not all that big of a fan of the coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil instead of its virgin counterpart).


While our ancestors didn’t have alternative uses for the brown-freckled fruits, we now know that the key to having a moist banana loaf is using overripe bananas. But, if your household isn’t one of those that can leave bananas be for longer than a day, don’t worry, you don’t have to hide a bunch of bananas in your cabinets, now there is an easier way to handle this problem. Just take your fresh yellow bananas and place them on a baking sheet in a 250°F, cook for 15-20 minutes or until they blacken and become soft.  Give them enough time to cool, peel them and start implementing them in your recipe.

Adding an extra banana to the regular recipe will definitely increase its moistness but it will also change the texture of the bread, i.e. it won’t be as rich as if prepared with butter.

Blueberries. Folding in some blueberries into the batter will not only make your banana bread look like a polka dotted beauty, but they will definitely contribute to a moister texture.


Those banana bread recipes that call for a dairy product like buttermilk or sour cream are definitely going to be moist, this is because they help acidulate the batter. While sour cream is cheaper, you can always go for mascarpone, or even plain Greek yogurt (full-fat or skim to preference).

The last trick we have up our sleeves doesn’t have to do with the banana bread ingredients. Rather, it has to do with ensuring the best environment for your banana loaf to become moist. Just wrap the warm banana loaf in plastic wrap and let it sit overnight.

Less is Never More When it comes to Banana Bread Loaves

While we all know the regular plain banana bread is pretty tasty as it is, it is always good to add some more flavor and texture.


Since the very base of this quick bread is made out of bananas, it is only logical it goes well with all sorts of fruits. Be them fresh or frozen, or even dried, fruits are a must when it comes to enriching the taste of a banana loaf. Anything from apples, avocados, blueberries, peaches, pears, pineapples and strawberries, to prunes and grapes, the list of fruits that can work their magic in a banana bread batter is virtually endless.


Regardless of whether you are using apples, pears or berries, more often than not they sink to the bottom of the loaf while baking. Well, we now offer you a solution that will put an end to this problem. Use a tablespoon or two of the flour you are planning to use in your banana bread and toss the fruits inside just to coat them. Proceed to add the fruits right before you put your loaf in the oven. The flour will absorb some of the liquid the fruit releases while baking and keeps it in place, releasing just the amount to add moistness but not to sink onto the bottom.


Despite the fact that it will make your banana bread a tiny bit heavier, chocolate will definitely make it tastier! Plus, it is common knowledge that chocolate activates the feel-good hormones in our bodies and boosts the serotonin levels.


Use semi-sweet chocolate whenever possible, and if you opt for chocolate chips be sure to toss them in flour. In fact, the above-mentioned instructions that applied to fruits apply for chocolate chips as well, follow them and prepare yourselves a scrumptious chocolaty banana bread.


Nuts make everything better! The crunch they provide to a warm banana bread is everything you need to ensure an interesting texture. Anything from almonds to pecans, to walnuts and hazelnuts, you can’t go wrong.


After choosing which of the nuts to add in, or even if you opted for a mixture of nuts, go ahead and toast them prior to folding them into your batter. By doing this, you will secure for the nuts to give out more of their nutty flavor. What’s more the moisture of the batter itself won’t make them softer, which means you will still enjoy a crisp bite.

Be Resourceful

The last tip we offer has to do with the same resourcefulness our female ancestors used when it came to ripe bananas. Only this time, we want to make sure no banana bread loaf goes to waste! Consider refrigerating your loaves or go for Banana Bread Oatmeal recipe.


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