Norma Jean’s Easy Banana Bread is a classic recipe. Six WHOLE pureed bananas and canola oil make this super moist and delicious EVERY time!
This is another recipe re-do. I posted this banana bread recipe back in September, before my blog went live. It was my first recipe dedicated to my mom and the photos needed some love. Because this recipe IS love.
Mom made banana bread all the time. She made it into loafs, muffins, cake, and bars. You name it, she made it. This is one of those recipes that I’ve made forever, because it’s REALLY easy. Just seven ingredients plus chocolate chips or nuts – which are optional.
- baking soda
See? So easy. And I’ve NEVER had a dry loaf. You just bake it until a toothpick comes out clean.
This recipe does have plenty of sugar in it, that’s for sure. So while I didn’t want to change the original recipe – because it IS Norma Jean’s – I often times cut some of the sugar. You can safely cut it down to 1/2 the amount, in my opinion. I also adapted this recipe into a lighter version – if you are interested in my Banana Nut Bread. It’s a much more wholesome version, using white whole wheat flour, honey, applesauce, flaxseed meal, and some maple syrup.
Both versions are great, and this original Easy Banana Bread recipe is just that…EASY!
When we travel, I usually make banana bread and my granola beforehand, and stuff as much as I can in a carry-on. I know. It’s weird. But when you really LOVE something, why not just take it with you? It beats donuts any day of the week.
Speaking of traveling with food, the last time I went to Iowa, my brother-in-law stuffed 24 pork patties in my travel freezer bag! Let’s just say that the TSA peeps usually take an extra peek inside my bags. Another time, I brought back like 30 ears of fresh Iowa corn. OMG, I’m such a geek!! 🙂
gimme good food — > will travel (WITH IT)!
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- 6 over-ripe bananas
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 4 whole eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2.5 cups white flour
- chocolate chips (optional)
- nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a stand-up mixer, puree the bananas in the mixer until runny.
Add the sugar, oil, and eggs - and mix well.
Add salt, baking soda, and flour and mix until just combined.
Add chocolate chips and/or nuts if preferred.
Pour into three loaf pans. (Or you can make muffins out of this batter as well.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (depending on your oven) or until toothpick comes out clean. Don't over-bake.