Banana Bread

Did you know that February 23rd (last Thursday) was National Banana Bread Day?

I didn’t either.

Banana Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Since we moved, Dustin has been asking me to make some banana bread. So, once I found out about National Banana Bread Day, I knew what I had to do.

Funny thing is — I didn’t really know when I was going to make it until…I made it.  Do you ever do that?  Just…all of a sudden…you’re making something for which you happen to have all the ingredients?

It all started while I was waiting for a friend to stop by the other day at 11:00 a.m.  I had Savannah in the high chair snacking on crackers and banana and Jordan was at school.  The dishes were done and the house was as clean and orderly as could have reasonably been expected after moving in two weeks ago and having two little girls.  It was 10:48 a.m.

Then, my friend sent me a text me to let me know she was running about 15 minutes late.

That’s when it happened.  I randomly decided to make banana bread.

I quickly got my big stainless steal mixing bowl, started preheating the oven, grabbed a few measuring spoons and the short list of ingredients.

I’m not kidding: The banana bread was prepared and in the oven within 7 minutes.  Seven minutes. Man, I love quick breads!

Since I was rushed for time and in a random, completely unplanned banana bread making frenzy, I didn’t get to take photos until it was already a delicious baked loaf.  So, instead, I’ll share a photo of my new (and completely unpacked!) kitchen.

Banana Bread recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

And, since the prep was so easy, I even had all the dishes done before my friend showed up. Not gonna lie: It was a proud moment.

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

Banana Bread
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Here's a super quick, easy and delicious Banana Bread recipe.
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 8
  • 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • ⅓ cup melted unsalted butter, plus extra softened butter to grease loaf pan
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter into the mashed bananas.  Mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla and then add the baking soda and salt.  Add the flour and mix until just incorporated.  Fold in the chopped walnuts.
  3. Grease a loaf/bread pan with softened butter.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan.  Bake 45-50 minutes until golden brown or once a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool on a rack.


  1. says

    Hard to say if this is banana bread or banana pudding, it is so moist and creamy hot out of the oven. I thought I had ruined it since 60-65 minutes is a bit long and mine had turned dark brown after about 45 minutes, but with all that banana in it it was still moist inside while the outside is caramalized. I did a few changes, I used half whole wheat flour/half white flour, a teaspoon of vanilla, plus a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Definitely good enough to let bananas get over ripe on purpose!

  2. says

    This is a delicious cake! Mine also overflowed by about 1/3 cup in the 9×13 inch pan, but I will make it again and just not fill it as much. I did do the freezer trick, but was a bit concerned about the hot cake raising the temp of the freezer and leading to decreased food quality. Anybody with any info on this? I omitted the walnut topping but added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon…YUMMY! Thanks for a keeper recipe.

  3. Eric Crisler says

    The recipe that I have been handed down is almost identical to this, which is awesome, but if you add a couple teaspoons of cinnamon it brings a whole new dynamic :)

  4. Shalani says

    I love the aura in your kitchen, it’s so nice to be there and prepared delicious recipe like this banana bread, I really love banana…

  5. Angelica says

    You’re kitchen is beautiful and I’ll bet there will be lots of yummy stuff coming out of there.

  6. Dulce says

    I’ve been wanting to make banana bread (I have more than enough ripe banans) but I thought it’d be a long and complicated recipe but I was wrong! I’m going to try one this very soon.

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