This easy dairy-free banana bread recipe only has 8 ingredients and I can make it fast. It's so good with either sugar and pecans on top or chocolate chips in it! This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation in my family.
Well, actually my grandmother has been making it for over 65 years, but I'm not really sure where she got it. When it got passed to me, and I learned how to make it, I quickly learned that this was a fail-proof recipe.
I have never made this and had it NOT turn out. I have even alternated the amount of flour or bananas and it has always worked great. One of my favorite things about banana bread is that it uses up brown bananas so they don't get wasted.
Plus, the banana makes the bread moist and tasty. My children also love this easy banana bread recipe, so I make it a lot. I especially love how there are few ingredients and the ingredient measurements are so simple.
It's easy to memorize and doesn't have complicated measurements for my children. In fact, you can make this whole recipe with ½ cup and ½ teaspoon measuring devices. Sometimes I do that and use it as a way for my children to learn simple fractions. Plus, it barely makes any mess.
- Bananas - This is not only a wonderful way to use up ripe bananas, it actually tastes better with ripe bananas because they get sweeter and they are much easier to smash when they are ripe.
- Make it Vegan by subbing the 2 eggs with 2 "flax eggs" - mix 2 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 6 tablespoon water and let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes then add to the wet ingredients.
- I generally use all-purpose flour in this recipe but you may substitute up to half of it with whole wheat flour or you may even sub a 1:1 substitute instead, such as a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend or white spelt flour . I've had quite good luck with many different types of flours. I would love to know what types of flour you have tried that have worked. Please comment below and let me know.
- If you are interested in subbing the oil with some applesauce, please try this recipe.
- Sometimes I'm in the mood for more of a dessert bread, so I love to sprinkle pecans and sugar on it. That's what I did for these photos and it turns out golden brown and so good on the top.
- I also love chocolate chips mixed it and sometimes some nuts too. It's totally up to you to customize it how you like.
Tips and Tricks
- These are fun to make into mini loafs. A lot of the reason I like to do this is that I get more crust and the middle is easier to make sure it is cooked all the way through. Plus, they are just plain cute and easier for portion control. You may need to decrease the baking time by five minutes or so.
- I often make this recipe plain, with no toppings or fillings. It's really good warm with butter or cold with butter. That way it's healthier.
- Another of our favorite things to do is use it for the bread in our french toast. Ever had banana bread french toast?...yeah...heaven.
I would love to know if you make this and what mix-ins or toppings you use or don't use. Did you try the pecan topping? Please comment below and let me know!Print
This only has 8 ingredients and I can make it so fast. It's so good with either sugar and pecans on top or chocolate chips in it!
- 1 Cup Sugar
- ½ Cup Vegetable oil of choice, such as coconut oil
- 3 Large, Ripe Bananas
- 2 Beaten Eggs
- 2 Cups White All-Purpose Flour
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- Chocolate Chips
- I usually just throw all of the ingredients into my Kitchen Aid but you can also do this by hand in a mixing bowl. First cream your sugar and oil together. Next add your bananas and eggs.
- Make sure it is well mixed. It will still be a little lumpy from the bananas but just make sure there are not any major chunks.
- Sift all the dry ingredients together in separate bowl and then mix with the wet ingredients. (Most of the time I skip this step and just throw them all in together and mine still turn out fine.)
- Lastly, add the vanilla. Mix one more time. Pour into a greased bread pan /loaf pan. This next part is optional, but I like to sprinkle mine with a little bit of sugar on top and sometimes some pecans. Depends on what mood I’m in.
- Now bake the bread at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes and then turn it down to 275 degrees and cook about another 20. Check to see if its done by sticking a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean then its done!
- Pop out of pan immediately and let cool on a wire rack for about 5-10 minutes then serve hot.
Keywords: quick, easy, healthy