What is the difference between banana bread and banana cake?

Banana bread is firmer, denser and heavier than the banana cake because it is usually made with all purpose flour or whole wheat flour whereas banana cake is made with pastry flour. They both taste sweet but banana bread tastes less sweet than the cake.

How can I ripen bananas to make banana bread?

To quickly ripen the bananas, place the bananas on a tray and bake them at 250˚F for 15 to 20 minutes. But if you can wait for one day, place the bananas in a paper bag and leave them at room temperature. They will ripen the next day.

How can I make healthy banana bread?

Even though banana bread has some valuable nutrients such as potassium thanks to banana it includes, sugar content in banana bread worries people. However, you can decrease the amount of sugar to half since ripe bananas will add plenty of sweetness to the bread. You can also use brown sugar or honey instead of granulated sugar.

Adding whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour is another way to make banana bread healthier. In this way, you can decrease the carbs level while increasing the amount of nutrients and filling ability of the banana bread.

How can I make gluten free banana bread?

Just replace the all purpose flour in the recipe above with gluten free multipurpose flour at the same amount and enjoy your gluten free banana bread.

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banana bread recipe

Emine Aslan February 22, 2024
Banana Bread Recipe

Summary: Here is a delicious banana bread recipe to use those overripe bananas. It is moist, tender and flavorful which will satisfy everyone’s taste!

Tags: Banana bread

Cook Time:2:05 minutes
Prep Time:10 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 286

Making banana bread is a very delicious way of making use of overripe bananas. It is called bread but it tastes more like a cake. Banana bread is a perfect complement to a cup of coffee or milk. Black tea will also go great with it. You can serve banana bread for breakfast as well. Spreading some butter over it will give an appetite to everyone on the breakfast table. Think about serving banana bread with sour cream to your loved ones for Christmas breakfast!

In fact, banana bread tastes better if it rests for one day. Of course, it is not easy to resist the urge to eat at least one slice of it but if you can, just wrap the banana bread with a foil or plastic wrap and leave it at room temperature for one day. It will be more delicious and irresistible the next day.

Tips for your bread maker:
Bread Machine Program: Quick (#2)
Delay Start Time Available: Yes
Color Option: Yes
Weight Option: No


  • 1¼ cups milk (warm)

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoon butter (at room temperature)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Open the top lid of the bread maker and remove the bread pan from the machine by pulling it upward.

  2. Make sure the bread pan is clean and both kneading paddles are removed. You will be mixing the bread batter by hand and will not need the kneading paddles. 

  3. Blend all the ingredients thoroughly using a whisk and pour the batter into the bread pan.

  4. Put the bread pan back in the bread machine by pressing it down so that it clicks into its place and close the lid.

  5. Plug the bread machine into an outlet and press the "Power" button to turn the machine on.

  6. Use the "Program" button to select the program #2 for the quick cycle.

  7. Press the "Color" button to choose your desired crust color and then the "Start" button to start the cycle.

  8. Your machine will let you know by making a beep sound once the banana bread is done. Open the bread machine at this point and remove the bread pan using a pot holder.

  9. Flip the bread pan over and gently tap it to remove the banana bread and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  10. Slice it and place the banana bread slices on a platter.

  11. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
6.8 grams
50.9 grams
27.7 grams
6.5 grams
555.5 milligrams
301.8 milligrams

    Please keep in mind that you can change the amount of sugar in this recipe according to your desire without changing the other ingredients. You can also add some chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, raisins, or chocolate chips to the recipe.

    It is also possible to make banana bread muffins using this recipe by pouring the batter into the muffin pan. If your bread maker does not have a muffin pan, bake it in the preheated oven at 425°F (218°C) for some 30 minutes.

    You can freeze banana bread leftovers to consume later.