The Best Banana Bread Recipe

For me, banana bread has always been one of those things I make when I have too many bananas at home and they are about to get very ripe. Once in blue moon I would crave it, but if I am being honest, it’s never been that exciting for me to make.

I really, really, wanted to get excited about it, because banana bread, (if it tastes exciting) really does make a delicious treat either for breakfast, or with a nice cup of warm coffee. After many, many trials, I finally created the absolute perfect, taste bud exploding banana bread that will actually leave you wanting more! (It just might knock your socks off!)

My recipe has one ingredient, that took me quite a few trips to the grocery store, before I finally discovered the best place to get it and that is espresso powder. Espresso powder is a bit different than instant coffee. It is a much higher form of concentration than instant coffee, and has a very fine powdery texture. What I like about it is, it is not overpowering in baked goods if you use a small amount. Additionally, it will not give your food a coffee flavor, it will just heighten the flavor to a dramatically new level! My favorite espresso powder to use is this one. Now, time to show our taste buds some love!

Prep Time: 10 minutesBake Time: 50-60 minutes
Serves: About 4-6Total Time: 70 minutes

5 tbsp unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
3 bananas (reserve 1 for the top decoration)
1 egg
2 tbsp grape molasses (this is my favorite)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp espresso powder
2 tsp cinnamon (this is a good one)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (omit if butter is salted) I love and have been using this one.
*Optional 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2.Melt the butter in a small pan until it turns slightly golden brown. (Swirl it around every couple of minutes so it doesn’t burn.)
3. Once it turns a light golden brown color, turn heat off and set aside.
4. Take one banana and slice it in two, thin, long pieces and set aside. (See photo)
5. In a medium bowl, mash the two bananas, and whatever (if any) was left over from slicing the third banana.
6. Add egg, molasses, sugar, cooled melted butter, and vanilla extract and stir. (If adding chopped walnuts, mix that in as well.)
7. Add espresso powder, cinnamon, flour, baking soda, and salt. Carefully place sliced bananas on top of the batter so they don’t break and press them in so they are not sticking out too much.
8. Add batter to a 9 inch loaf pan (I used this) greased and lined with parchment paper (I like this one) and bake for about 50-60 minutes.

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Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!

2 thoughts on “The Best Banana Bread Recipe

  1. The scent of this banana bread is taking up my entire kitchen! It’s so fluffy and perfectly moist. I almost took this to a guest’s house but I decided to keep it all for myself. YES, it’s that good!!

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