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Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas)

Introducing a classic banana bread recipe with a twist: Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas).

Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas)


If you’ve got bananas on the verge of being too ripe, fear not! This recipe takes advantage of frozen bananas, resulting in a moist and delicious loaf. Plus, it’s all made in a single bowl, making cleanup super easy. 

Say goodbye to wasted bananas and hello to a delicious home-baked treat!

Ingredients you’ll need for this Easy Banana Bread Recipe

To make this recipe, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients, found in any grocery store:

  • Frozen Bananas. Thawed and mashed over-ripe bananas, add sweetness and moisture to the bread.
  • Vegetable Oil. Provides richness and a tender texture.
  • Eggs. Bind the ingredients together and add structure.
  • Vanilla extract. Enhances the flavors
  • Cinnamon. Adds warmth and depth of flavor.
  • All-spice. Enhances the banana flavor with a hint of warmth
  • Granulated sugar. Sweetens the bread and helps with browning.
  • Baking powder. Helps the bread rise and creates a lighter texture.
  • Baking soda. Reacts with the acidic ingredients to leaven the bread.
  • Salt. Balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor.
  • All-purpose flour. Provides structure and forms the base of the bread.
  • Walnuts. To top the bread

Take a look at the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

Add-ons and Substitutions for this homemade banana bread

  1. Chocolate Chips: For chocolate chip banana bread, add semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.
  2. Dried Fruit: Diced dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or chopped dates can add bursts of fruity sweetness.
  3. Coconut Flakes: Toasted coconut flakes can provide added texture and flavor.
  4. Peanut butter: Swirl peanut butter into the batter for a peanut butter banana flavor.
  5. Fresh Fruit: Sliced bananas, strawberries, or blueberries mixed with the batter before baking can add freshness.
  6. Whole Wheat Flour: Swap some or all of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for added fiber and a nuttier flavor.
  7. Gluten-Free Flour: Use a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour for a gluten-free version.
Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas)

How to make this Moist Banana Bread Recipe using frozen bananas?

Oil and dust a loaf or bread pan with flour. Alternatively, you can line it with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Begin by thawing in the microwave the bananas and draining any excess liquid. Then, using a fork, mash the bananas until no large lumps remain; small lumps are ok.

In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, vanilla extract, and large eggs, stirring until well mixed.

Next, add the cinnamon, all-spice, and sugar to the mixture, and stir until incorporated.

Carefully add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl. 

Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan, and sprinkle walnuts on top.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips and Tricks for the best banana bread recipe

  • Remove banana peels: Remove the banana peels before placing them in a freezer bag for freezing.
  • Use Overripe Bananas: Use bananas that are over-ripe and with black spots. They will be more flavorful and will provide a more intense banana flavor.
  • Drain off banana juices: When thawing your bananas, make sure to drain off any excess liquid to prevent an overly liquid consistency in your bread.
  • Preheat the Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before baking for even rising and proper baking.
  • Measure ingredients correctly: Dry ingredients should be measured using a spoon, scooping the flour into your measuring cup without compacting it, then using the back of a knife to level it.
  • Don’t Overmix: After adding the flour mixture, mix the batter until just combined. Overmixing can result in tough and dense banana bread. A few lumps in the batter are okay.
  • Avoid Overbaking: Be cautious not to overbake your banana bread. Overbaking can result in a dry and crumbly texture. Remove the bread from the oven as soon as it’s done.
  • Let it Cool: Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps prevent it from breaking apart.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh bananas instead of frozen bananas?

Sure you can! substitute the mashed frozen bananas for mashed fresh bananas.

How do you freeze bananas?

Freezing bananas is easy! Choose ripe bananas with some brown spots. Peel them, and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours until solid, then transfer to a bag or container. Label and store in the freezer. 

What makes a bread soft and moist?

Soft and moist bread comes from ingredients like eggs, oil, and in this case, bananas, which add moisture and make the crumb tender. Mixing properly prevents the dough from becoming too tough. Baking at a moderate temperature ensures the bread cooks evenly without drying out, and letting it cool properly keeps it from getting soggy. These things together make sure the bread turns out soft and moist every time.

Why is my banana bread not moist?

If your banana bread turns out dry, here are some things to check:
Make sure your bananas are really ripe; the brown spots mean more moisture. 

Also, measure your ingredients carefully, as too much flour can make it dry. 

Be gentle when mixing the batter, and don’t bake it for too long or at too high a temperature. 

Finally, watch out for ingredient swaps; they might affect how moist your bread turns out.

Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas)

Why is my banana bread always mushy?

If your banana bread always ends up mushy, there are a few things to look out for: 

Firstly, pay attention to the baking time and temperature specified in your recipe; baking it for too long or at too low a temperature can lead to mushiness. 

Also, double-check your ingredient measurements to ensure the right balance between wet and dry ingredients. 

Lastly, be careful with how you cool and store the bread, as improper storage can also cause it to become mushy. Wait until it’s completely cool to store.

What happens if you put too much banana in banana bread?

If you add too much banana to banana bread, it can cause a few problems. First, the extra moisture can make the batter too wet, leading to a dense and heavy texture. This might mean the bread takes longer to bake or doesn’t cook through properly. 

Also, the texture of the bread might become too soft, mushy, or dense. 

Why is my banana bread still gooey in the middle?

If your banana bread is still gooey in the middle, it might not be fully cooked. This could be due to several reasons. 

Your oven temperature might be off, or you could have added too much moisture to the batter. Additionally, baking in a deep pan or overcrowding the oven could cause uneven baking. 

To fix this, try lowering the oven temperature slightly and baking for longer, covering the top with foil if needed. Make sure it’s fully baked by inserting a toothpick into the center; if it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, your banana bread should be ready.

How do you know when banana bread is done?

You can tell if banana bread is done in a few ways. First, look for a golden brown top -it should be crusty. Then, stick a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean or with a few crumbs, it’s ready. Also, gently press the top; if it’s firm and springs back, it’s likely done.

How do I store my banana bread?

The best way to store your banana bread is to place it in an airtight container and away from any heat sources. Store it at room temperature for up to 2 days. If you want to keep it longer, refrigerate it for up to a week. 

Alternatively, you can freeze your banana bread for up to 3 months by wrapping it well in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil or placing it in a freezer bag. Just remember to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before serving. 

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Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas)

Introducing a classic banana bread recipe with a twist: Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas).If you've got bananas on the verge of being too ripe, fear not! This recipe takes advantage of frozen bananas, resulting in a moist and delicious loaf. Plus, it's all made in a single bowl, making cleanup super easy. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy banana bread recipe, frozen banana bread recipe, homemade banana bread, Moist Banana Bread Recipe (using frozen bananas), sweet fix baker
Servings: 12 slices

Equipment

  • 1 8×4 inch loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups mashed bananas (around 4 bananas) frozen, then thawed and drained of liquids
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Oil and dust a loaf or bread pan with flour. Alternatively, you can line it with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Begin by thawing in the microwave the bananas and draining any excess liquid. Then, using a fork, mash the bananas until no large lumps remain; small lumps are ok.
    1 ¼ cups mashed bananas (around 4 bananas)
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, vanilla extract, and large eggs, stirring until well mixed.
    3/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Next, add the cinnamon, all-spice, and sugar to the mixture, and stir until incorporated.
    2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon all-spice, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl. 
    1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan, and sprinkle walnuts on top.
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    Allow the banana bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Tips and Tricks for the best banana bread recipe

  • Remove banana peels: Remove the banana peels before placing them in a freezer bag for freezing.
  • Use Overripe Bananas: Use bananas that are over-ripe and with black spots. They will be more flavorful and will provide a more intense banana flavor.
  • Drain off banana juices: When thawing your bananas, make sure to drain off any excess liquid to prevent an overly liquid consistency in your bread.
  • Preheat the Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before baking for even rising and proper baking.
  • Measure ingredients correctly: Dry ingredients should be measured using a spoon, scooping the flour into your measuring cup without compacting it, then using the back of a knife to level it.
  • Don’t Overmix: After adding the flour mixture, mix the batter until just combined. Overmixing can result in tough and dense banana bread. A few lumps in the batter are okay.
  • Avoid Overbaking: Be cautious not to overbake your banana bread. Overbaking can result in a dry and crumbly texture. Remove the bread from the oven as soon as it’s done.
  • Let it Cool: Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps prevent it from breaking apart.

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