Easiest Banana Bread Ever

I know, I know, you all are thinking – how hard is banana bread, why does it need to be easy? Here’s the thing: I don’t always want to get out the stand mixer. I don’t own a hand mixer and most banana bread recipes call for mixers. I never know if they need a mixer or the author is just mechanically because it’s their preferred method mixing. So, I’ve been working on this one and it can be made with a bowl and a big spoon. That’s right, banana bread made with one bowl, one spoon (or spatula), a pan, and measuring utensils. (I am also too lazy to mix the dry ingredients separately. I usually find out with a disastrous first batch with the separate mixing is required, not desired.)

Also, this bread is moist. Very moist. If you like your banana bread light and fluffy, just run away now. There’s yogurt and applesauce in this banana bread. It’s one of the most moist, dense and delicious banana breads that I’ve ever made. Sometimes the top gets sticky leftover. Of course, this is rarely an issue because the toddler and I can devour a pan of banana bread through the course of one day.

Easiest Banana Bread Ever

makes 1 pan

1 cup mashed banana -about 2 large or 3 medium
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
1 cup white sugar
1/2 vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups flour
cinnamon sugar (I keep a jar mixed in the pantry, but if you need to make some, mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon with 2 teaspoons white sugar and use any leftover on some toast.)

  1. Butter and flour a loaf pan and preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas. I like to mash each banana in the bowl, then sccop it out and put it in the measuring cup and then dump it all back in the bowl when I reach 1 cup.
  3. Add yogurt and mix well, breaking up any remaining chunks of banana.
  4. Add apple sauce, oil, eggs, sugars, vanilla, baking soda and salt mixing very well after each ingredient.
  5. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, gently stirring the flour in with each addition.
  6. Pour the batter in to the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  7. Sprinkle the top generously with cinnamon sugar
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in the pan for at least an hour and then stuff it in to your face. (I slice and serve from the pan, but if you want to pop the whole loaf out, slice around the edges and invert onto a plate (or your hand) and then flip back on to another plate.)

 

 

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27 Responses to “Easiest Banana Bread Ever”

  1. I LOVE banana bread.. I may have to try this one out!

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  2. Carri says:

    This looks AMAZING!!!

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  3. Kim says:

    Thank you! I avoid baking most things because I hate cleaning all the stuff. I also hate measuring (and cringed a little when you said measure the bananas after mashing)- but I guess there is little I can do to get around that.
    Pinning this so I can make it this weekend :)

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    Amy Reply:

    You don’t have to measure the bananas. Or just do it once so you get a feel for how much your bananas mash up to.

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  4. aquariann says:

    Your banana bread looks delicious!! *drool*

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  5. Rosemary says:

    Thanks for the simple recipe. Looks yummy.

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  6. TMae says:

    This looks deeeeelicious. I happen to have some bananas frozen in the freezer for that someday when I feel inclined to make banana bread. Handy!

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