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Do you have a few overripe bananas sitting on your counter? Here are our favorite Banana Bread recipes...with or without nuts or chocolate chips.

Banana Bread

  • Author: Joan
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Method: Baking



1 stick margarine or butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup mashed bananas (approx. 2 good size )

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1/2 cup nuts and/or chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
  2. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl or standing mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  5. Add in eggs one at a time, blend well.
  6. Add sour cream, vanilla extract and mashed bananas until well blended.
  7. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture, stir just to moisten.
  8. Optional: Add in nuts and/ or chocolate chips
  9. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  11. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

How to Freeze Bananas (or Any Fruit)

Peel the bananas,  place whole bananas or sliced bananas on a wax paper-lined baking sheet ( I use the half-sized baking sheets that I can slide into my freezer)

freeze for approx. 2 hours until frozen solid, place frozen whole banana or slices into freezer-safe ziplock bags.

label the bags with the date, contents and portion size

Pro Tip: Slicing the bananas make it easier to measure out for your recipes


Not ready to use your ripe bananas?  Freeze them until you are ready

Keywords: Banana Bread, Banana, Chocolate Chip, easy

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