Rating: 4.61 stars
709 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 504
  • 4 star values: 151
  • 3 star values: 38
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 5

This is a moist banana bread recipe that I make fairly often with leftover, very ripe bananas.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

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  • In a large bowl, beat oil and honey together. Add eggs, and mix well. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then add to batter. Blend in chopped nuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 1/2 hour before slicing.

Cook's Note:

I usually freeze my old bananas until I have enough for a recipe or two. Just peel, break in half, and freeze in a plastic bag. To use, just thaw and add to mixing bowl. I have also used applesauce in place of the oil to make this low-fat. It is not quite as moist, but the flavor is still just as good.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 29.4g; fat 10.5g; cholesterol 31mg; sodium 215.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (606)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2006
Following other suggestions and throwing in some of my own - I replaced the oil with 1/3 heaping cup of applesauce, for sweetner used 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/4 cup mashed bananas, 1/4 cup nuts and 1/4 cup raisins and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Moist, low-fat, delicious way to use up those ripe bananas! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/04/2005
I found this loaf a bit bland and would have prefered it to be a little bit more moist. Next time I will add some spices and perhaps a bit more oil or an extra egg. Read More
(40)
709 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 504
  • 4 star values: 151
  • 3 star values: 38
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2006
Following other suggestions and throwing in some of my own - I replaced the oil with 1/3 heaping cup of applesauce, for sweetner used 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/4 cup mashed bananas, 1/4 cup nuts and 1/4 cup raisins and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Moist, low-fat, delicious way to use up those ripe bananas! Read More
(620)
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2006
I loved this rich and healthy banana bread. I used a little more banana and replaced the oil with applesauce, making it a little more healthy. The catch was I had to bake it about 5-10 minutes longer, but it turned out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2003
I really liked the taste and texture of this bread. I substitued unsweetened applesauce for the oil and used egg whites instead of whole eggs and it still came out delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2006
Loved this. I'm usually not thrilled with the results when baking with honey but this is wonderful. I used a very finely ground whole wheat flour so the bread is a light texture. Whole wheat flour has a much shorter shelf life than white so if it has been sitting in your cupboard for a long time it's best to buy a new bag. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2007
This bread is fabulous - healthy and moist and just really really yummy. I add some cinnamon and nutmeg to mine for a little extra flavor and sometimes as many as 2 cups of bananas - which makes it even moister and more flavorful. I discovered this recipe a week ago and I'm making it today for the third time - it's that good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2007
Very good. I used applesauce-country berry/no sugar added instead of oil & put it in a 12 muffin pan for 12-15 minutes and it was great. I also added 1/4 cup carrots. Gotta get it in for the kids!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2003
I was looking for a healthier banana bread recipe and I have definitely found it! I replaced the oil with applesauce and it came out sooooooo moist and yummy! I'll be making this one on a regular basis. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/04/2005
I found this loaf a bit bland and would have prefered it to be a little bit more moist. Next time I will add some spices and perhaps a bit more oil or an extra egg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
Great recipe! I have made it several times and have even added a little applesauce to make up for lack of banana! I also use pecans instead of walnuts and add 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to give it added flavor.Watch the bread it does cook faster. Generally around 50 minutes! Read More
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