Hey everybody it’s Sam here from Sugar Spun Run and today I’m showing you how to make in the best banana bread. Today’s banana bread recipe is by popular demand, and is based off of my extremely popular, well-loved, banana muffin recipe. If you haven’t tried that muffin recipe out, you’ll probably want to check it out. It has hundreds of five-star reviews, and I think if you love that one, you are going to love this banana bread just as much, if not more. Now to get started. The first thing you’re going to want to do is pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, you are going to need a large bowl, and of course we are going to need some bananas. Now, you’ll need one and a half cups of mashed bananas for this recipe. Typically for me and that’s about three regular-sized bananas, but today all I have are these small bananas to work with. So we’re going to be using four. We’ll just put the bananas in our bowl. Now the riper bananas you have, the better your banana bread is going to be. In fact, I’d actually like these to be even a little bit more brown, a little overripe is what you’re actually looking for. Today I’m just going to use a potato masher to mash these bananas, and you want to get them really well mashed. So they’re nice and liquidy. Our bananas are nicely mashed, so we are now going to add 1/4 cup of melted unsalted butter, and I want to make sure I get all of that butter in there. It’s gonna help give this banana bread a really nice flavor. I’m also adding 1/4 cup of vegetable, or canola oil. Either oil will work, but it is important that you use this blend of butter and oil rather than just using all of one or the other. Using all butter will make your banana bread a little bit too dry. Using all oil won’t give you that nice butter flavor. So I found this blend of both of them is perfect for a good banana bread. I’m just going to stir these together now until the butter, and oil, and bananas are nicely combined. We’ll add 2/3 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, and stir these sugars in until they’re also nicely combined. We’re going to add two large eggs to our mixture, and I like these to be at room temperature. In fact with most of my recipes, I really recommend having all of your ingredients at room temperature. I’m also going to add one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, and yes, that is a tablespoon, not a teaspoon. I really love the flavor it adds to your banana bread, and your kitchen is going to start smelling really good right about now. My banana bread recipe also uses 1/4 cup of buttermilk. Now if you don’t happen to have buttermilk on hand, I do have a really simple buttermilk substitute. Well, just stir these together until they’re nicely combined, and it smells so good in here right now. Once we have all of our wet ingredients combined, we’re actually going to set this bowl aside, and we’re going to need a separate bowl for our flour. You’re going to need 2 cups of all-purpose flour, and we’ll add 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and I’m just going to use a whisk to whisk these together until our dry ingredients are really well combined. I’m gonna bring back our banana mixture, and we’re just gonna add the dry ingredients back into that wet ingredients. Now at this point, you want to proceed with a little bit of caution. We are going to very carefully fold together our wet ingredients and dry ingredients. The point here is that you don’t want to over mix this batter. You just want to fold until all of your ingredients are combined, but just combined. So if you see a few streaks of flour, that’s okay. You don’t want to overwork this batter, or your banana bread is gonna come out too dry. If you wanted to add any toasted nuts, or chocolate chips to your banana bread, you would throw them in here at this point. I would use probably about one and a half cups of whatever add-ins you would like. Once you have your banana bread batter prepped now, we are just about ready to bake it, but you are going to need a bread pan. So this is a 9 by 5 bread pan, and as you might be able to see I’ve gone ahead and I’ve greased and floured the bottom and one-inch up the sides of the pan. You don’t need to grease it all the way up. Actually not greasing it is going to help the bread climb a little bit and get a little more levity and rise a little bit more so you don’t need to grease the whole thing, But you do want to do the bottom and one inch up the sides. So I’m just going to transfer our batter into the pan. Alright it’s not the prettiest thing ever, but we are going to pretty up this banana bread a little bit by adding sugar on top. Now. This is optional. You definitely don’t need to add sugar on top, but of course, I’m a sugar addict so I am going to. I really recommend a coarse granulated sugar, if you have one. If not, regular granulated sugar will work fine, and just sprinkle some evenly over the top of your batter. This is what you might think I’m being a little excessive here, but my website is called Sugar Spun Run, so hopefully you’re not surprised. Okay, now our banana bread is ready to bake. So this is going to be transferred to our 350 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven where it’s going to need to bake for about an hour. What you’re looking for is the top will be a nice golden brown, and you want to use a toothpick to ensure that it’s done, and baked all the way through. You’ll want to insert a toothpick as deep down into the bread as you can, and it should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but it shouldn’t have any wet batter on it. Let your banana bread cool in the pan for about ten to fifteen minutes, then you’ll want to use a butter knife, and just run that along the edges of the pan, just to separate the bread from the pan Then what I like to do is, we’ll invert this onto a cooling rack. Let your banana bread cool just a little bit longer. It’s really good enjoyed warm. So I recommend not waiting too long and then we can dig in. And that is how you make my favorite, moist, flavorful banana bread. I really think you guys are going to love today’s recipe, Especially if you love my popular banana muffins. If you try this one out, please let me know what you think, and thank you So much for watching. I’ll see you next time. Hey if you guys enjoyed today’s banana bread recipe, I would really appreciate it if you gave me a thumbs up, make sure to hit that subscribe button and please hit that notification bell. Also, if you enjoyed today’s recipe, here are a few others you might like as well.