I can’t believe I haven’t shared my basic banana bread recipe before! I have a recipe for nutty banana muffins, banana lime cake, and I shared someone else’s chocolate chip banana bread recipe. But mine is simple and basic and so delicious. Why isn’t it here already?! What an oversight!
The great thing about having such a basic banana bread recipe in your recipe box is that you can change it up by adding delicious goodies to the batter before baking. I love adding chopped walnuts and chocolate chips, for a treat. You can add any chopped dried fruit – dates are especially delicious.
The banana bread pictured here is just plain with no extras. I actually had walnuts and dried cranberries out and ready to add but got completely distracted and didn’t add them before I scraped the batter into the loaf pan. Ah well, there’s always next time.
- 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 1 egg (see notes for vegan option)
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- ¼ - ½ cup add-ins like chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, dried fruit, etc. (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl whisk brown sugar, oil and egg (or egg replacer) until the mixture is fluffy.
- Add brown rice flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum. Stir to combine. Mixture will be very dry and crumbly at this point.
- Add in mashed ripe bananas and mix well to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go.
- Mix in any desired chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc. (optional)
- Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes or until tested for doneness. (If you add in extra goodies, baking time might be extended by a few minutes. Keep checking.)