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Great Banana Bread Recipes

Banana Bread Recipes and Tips


Many families plan for their banana bread baking day. They purchase ripe bananas at a discount price, bring the bunches home, and freeze them until they have a weekend off from work. On that special day, they thaw the bananas and begin baking their favorite banana bread recipe. When finished, they will have a counter full of freshly baked loaves of delicious banana bread to eat, give to friends, and freeze for later eating.

Freezing Whole Bananas

Elizabeth Yetter
Freezing whole bananas is a quick way to keep overripe bananas until you are ready for baking. It also let's you save up one or two bananas at a time until you have enough for baking one or more loaves of banana bread.

Freezing Mashed Bananas

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This method of preserving bananas until you are ready to bake is more involved than freezing whole bananas because it requires 3 or more bananas to mash. This method is best if you have a whole bunch of bananas to freeze. If you have a favorite banana bread recipe, you can freeze the banana mash in the amount you need for your recipe.

Banana Bread Recipe

Elizabeth Yetter
This basic banana bread recipe uses 3 bananas and calls for a touch of nutmeg to give the bread a unique flavor. You can also add a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, raisins, or nuts to this recipe.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Elizabeth Yetter
Chocolate chip banana bread is my top selling banana bread. I use gourmet chocolate chips to give this bread its rich flavor. For holidays, I buy special chocolate liquor chips that make the banana bread irresistible.

Cranberry Banana Bread

Elizabeth Yetter
Here's a recipe for stunning mini loaves that can be baked for the holiday season. Flavored with 2 bananas, honey, and dried cranberries, this recipe also uses butter to make the bread rich in flavor.

Banana Orange Bread

Elizabeth Yetter
Bananas and oranges are a great combination! This recipe makes 2 delicious mini loaves that are iced and served for dessert or with coffee.

Banana Nut Bread

Elizabeth Yetter
This simple loaf of banana bread uses 3 overripe bananas and a 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts, such as walnuts or pecans. This is a great recipe for a quick banana bread fix.

Cherry Banana Bread

Elizabeth Yetter
Looking for extra quick? Cherry banana bread is made with self-rising flour. The banana and cherry flavor makes this loaf a great breakfast bread.

Festive Banana Nut Bread

Elizabeth Yetter
Festive banana nut bread is a beautiful gift bread for the Christmas holiday season. The recipe calls for walnuts, candied fruits, and raisins. Only a half cup of mashed banana is needed for this recipe.

Banana Rye Yeast Bread

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Looking for a healthy banana bread that can be toasted as well as made into french toast? Banana rye yeast bread is exactly what you're looking for. Made with only 1 cup of rye flour, the banana flavor overpowers the rye, making the bread delicious to those who don't normally like the strong taste of rye bread.
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