recipe

If you’ve got bananas that are a little too ripe to eat on their own, they’re perfect for banana bread!

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses the microwave
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes,
  • plus cooling time
yield
  • Serves 10

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
2 cups
all-­purpose flour
¾ teaspoon
baking soda
½ teaspoon
salt
3
very ripe bananas (skins should be speckled black)
¾ cup
sugar
2
large eggs
6 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup
plain yogurt
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract

Gather Baking Equipment

8½-by-4½-­inch metal loaf pan
2
bowls (1 medium, 1 large)
Whisk
Large fork or potato masher
Rubber spatula
Toothpick
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of 8½-by-4½-­inch metal loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
2 cups
all-­purpose flour
¾ teaspoon
baking soda
½ teaspoon
salt

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

 
3
 
3
very ripe bananas (skins should be speckled black)

Peel bananas and place in large bowl. Use large fork or potato masher to mash bananas until broken down but still chunky.

 
4
 
¾ cup
sugar
2
large eggs
6 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup
plain yogurt
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract

Add sugar, eggs, melted butter, yogurt, and vanilla to bowl with bananas and whisk until combined.

 
5
 

Add flour mixture and use rubber spatula to gently stir until just combined and no dry flour is visible. Do not overmix—­batter should look thick and chunky. Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into greased loaf pan and smooth top.

 
6
 

Place loaf pan in oven. Bake until banana bread is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.

 
7
 

Use oven mitts to remove banana bread from oven (ask an adult for help). Place loaf pan on cooling rack and let banana bread cool in pan for 15 minutes.

 
8
 

Use oven mitts to carefully turn loaf pan on its side and remove banana bread from pan. Let banana bread cool on cooling rack for at least 1 hour. Transfer to cutting board, slice, and serve.