May 8, 2024

Banana Bread

If you're searching for wholesome snack ideas for your kids, you'll love this super moist banana bread recipe. The secret to a moist and fluffy banana bread is to add plain yogurt or sour cream to the batter.  This recipe is easy to make and you can control the quality of the ingredients. This banana bread is not only great for snacks but you can also serve it for breakfast, school lunch, and even a third course. It’s worth making a double or triple batch each time you make it because you can freeze the bread for months.  Here's the recipe, along with some storage and serving tips.


Banana Bread

Banana bread family recipe Caterina DeFalco

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1 stick butter

3/4 cup organic sugar

2 eggs - free range of farm eggs if possible

1 1/2 cups French or Italian if possible

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup mashed bananas

1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream (plain Greek yogurt, or plain whole milk yogurt are good too)

Optional - chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan. It's handy to save butter wrappers to butter pans.


Using an electric stand mixer or hand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, and sugar until light and fluffy.


Add the eggs and beat well to incorporate.


Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.


Note: If you're in a hurry, skip whisking the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and just add everything directly to the mixing bowl with the butter and sugar. I usually do it this way, and it still turns out great.


Add the bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and optional chocolate chips. Then mix to combine.


Pour the batter into the buttered pan.


Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes to 1 hour. I test it after 45 minutes.

Let the banana bread cool for about ten minutes and flip it out onto a cutting board.

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Banana Bread family recipe

Slice the banana bread, freeze it, and warm a slice in the oven or toaster as needed.

Banana Bread

Serve banana bread with some quality chocolate hazelnut spread.

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If I am in a hurry and want to shorten the baking time, I bake the banana bread in a shallow cake pan. It is thinner, so it takes less time to cook.

Banana Bread Sliced like pie

Consider making this recipe as a family activity instead of going out to brunch one weekend. This way, you can spend quality time together, teach children how to cook, and have fun together.  Making brunch at home together every few weeks and rotating between banana bread, muffins, French crêpes, and waffles means you will always have a homemade repertoire of breakfast, snack, and third-course options. Crêpes make fabulous quick and easy dinners, either sweet for a third course or savory for the main dish. You can learn about them here.

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