This old fashioned banana bread smells amazing while it bakes. It is sweet, soft, and the perfect way to use up extra bananas.
This old fashioned banana bread is one of my absolute favorite banana bread recipes. I really love old fashioned recipes and I have a small collection of vintage cookbooks that I like to look through. I love to experiment with the recipes I find in them. Plus, banana bread is always a good idea, especially this old fashioned banana bread with buttermilk and white sugar.
This recipe makes one amazing loaf of banana bread that will make your house smell absolutely amazing while it bakes. I always get rave reviews on this banana bread and it’s the perfect recipe to use up extra bananas.
💭 Why you’ll love this recipe
This old fashioned banana bread uses simple ingredients. It is sweet and ultra moist.
🍌 What ingredients do I need for this recipe?
Start writing your grocery list or check your pantry because for this recipe, you will need:
- All purpose flour: The base of the banana bread.
- White sugar: This recipe only calls for white sugar since it is a vintage recipe. While I love brown sugar, there’s none in this recipe.
- Butter: You’ll want to use softened butter for this recipe. Softened butter will give this quick bread a soft texture and the butter provides a fantastic flavor.
- Ripe bananas: Three medium to large bananas is plenty. You don’t want to overdo it and add any extra or the bread will be too mushy.
- Buttermilk: Bananas and buttermilk go wonderfully together. It makes for a moist loaf of banana bread. If you don’t have any buttermilk, don’t worry! You can easily make half of a cup of buttermilk by adding ½ of a teaspoon of lemon juice to half of a cup of milk.
- Vanilla extract: When it comes to vanilla extract, I always recommend that you use the highest quality vanilla extract you can afford. High quality vanilla extract is one of the best things you can invest in as a home baker.
- Baking soda and baking powder: To give the bread some rise.
- Eggs: You’ll need two large eggs for this recipe.
- Walnuts or pecans: Adding nuts is totally optional but you can make this a banana nut bread, if desired.
💬 How ripe do the bananas need to be?
Anywhere to a little spotty or turning black are great bananas for making banana bread with.
You can make this a banana nut bread by adding chopped pecans or walnuts. If you like chocolate chips, they are also a great addition to this quick bread.
🥣 How to make this recipe (step by step guide)
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, soften your butter in your microwave. You’ll want to soften it, not completely melt it.
Add your flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Stir with a large spoon until well mixed. Next, slowly add in all of your wet ingredients.
Peel and mash your bananas with a fork then add them in. Mix with a hand mixer for about three minutes or until the batter is no longer lumpy. If desired, stir in 1 cup of walnuts or pecans into your batter and stir well.
Pour your batter into a greased loaf pan and then bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. You will know your banana bread is done because a toothpick will come out clean from the center.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
Banana bread became a household recipe in the 1930s with the popularization of baking powder and baking soda. It’s also believed that banana bread became a popular recipe during the Great Depression because nothing was wasted. Overripe bananas were baked into a quick bread to avoid waste. Many older banana bread recipes use wheat bran (since it was very filling) but this recipe does not. Older recipes also often call for buttermilk which was often less expensive.
Because they provide the sweetness for this quick bread. If you use yellow bananas, your banana bread will not be sweet.
You’ll want to store your banana bread in an airtight container. It will be OK on your kitchen counter for 3 to 4 days. You can make it last a little longer by refrigerating it, if desired.
If you want to freeze this banana bread, I recommend doing a double layer of aluminum foil around your loaf. This will help it stay fresh in your freezer. When you’re ready to eat it, simply let it defrost and then serve. I love defrosting it overnight in my refrigerator and then heating it up using the low setting on my microwave. It’s also great with a little bit of butter smeared on top.
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Old Fashioned Banana Bread
- Hand mixer
- Loaf pan (9 x 5 inch)
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 ¼ cups white sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas about 3 bananas
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans optional
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, soften your butter in your microwave. You’ll want to soften it, not completely melt it.
- Add your flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Stir with a large spoon until well mixed.
- Next, slowly add in all of your wet ingredients.
- Peel and mash your bananas with a fork then add them in.
- Mix with a hand mixer for about three minutes or until the batter is no longer lumpy.
- If desired, stir in 1 cup of walnuts or pecans into your batter and stir well.
- Pour your batter into a greased loaf pan and then bake at350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. You will know your banana bread is done because a toothpick will come out clean from the center.