Banana Bread

Banana Bread

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1995

Banana bread is the perfect vehicle for using bananas once they are past their prime.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup hot, strong brewed coffee
  • 1½ cups mashed overripe bananas, (about 4)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Dissolve brown sugar in coffee in a bowl. Stir in bananas. Whisk together egg, egg white, oil and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the banana mixture. Whisk together flours, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add to the banana mixture and stir just until combined.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Invert the loaf onto a rack and let cool completely.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 182 calories; 4 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 12 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 16 g sugars; 42 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 34 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 207 mg sodium; 180 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, ½ fat

Reviews 11

December 23, 2018
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By: gcrokzzzzz
I made this banana bread exactly as is. Did not substitute a thing. It was perfect! I’ve never had a healthy banana bread taste so good. The coffee is an awesome addition.
May 26, 2013
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By: Katie
Made a few additions to the ingredients. . . Added 2 tbsps of unsweetened coconut flakes, and 1 TBSP coconut nectar, as well as vanilla powder in addition to the extract. Only used 3 bananas because that's all I had, and 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour. Used allspice and cinnamon in addition to the ginger, and juice of 1/2 a lime, and used a coconut/canola oil blend for the oil. Amazing!!!! Just add the extra bake time--this will not be cooked through in 50 minutes. Pros: Deep and rich flavor from the coffee Cons: Needs at least 20 additional minutes to fully bake in loaf pan!
April 20, 2011
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By: emailclaires
Best ever banana bread! I don't understand some people's complaints. I've been looking for the best banana bread recipe for years and THIS is my FAVORITE! The coffee gives depth. Not oily or too sweet. Of course you need RIPE bananas, and I always use whole wheat PASTRY flour (and usually substitute it for white flour). As with all quick breads, do not over mix! I add vanilla and some chocolate chips so it's healthy dessert in the kids' lunch box. Only con is in a bread pan it takes so darn long to bake, and sometimes I get impatient an remove it too soon so it's not quite done in the middle. Yuk. I think I'll try it in muffin tins. Pros: great flavor, healthy Cons: baking time
September 11, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This recipe was awesome as far as non-dessert style banana bread goes, however I did change the recipe after reading reviews that it lacked flavor. I did three bananas instead of four and grated a sweet fuji apple into the batter. This definitely moistened it up, added a little sweetness and still kept it healthy for you; I also did 1 Tbls of vanilla and that worked out well too. The bread turned out wholesome, hearty, moist, and just perfect for a breakfast snack that won't overpower you with sweetness. Yum yum yum.
August 06, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I added blueberries, and it made it so much better. Other wise not so great
July 12, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Not to sweet, and kinda tuff.
March 02, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Add some nutmeg for more flavor, maybe even some clove too.
February 25, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Flavor was very bland. I also added some chopped walnuts and raisins would be good too.
February 22, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This bakes up into a nice, dense loaf that held together after slicing. I was heavy handed with the cinnamon and ginger, but the flavor was rather bland.
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