Classic Banana Bread

Not too sweet, this classic banana bread is a family and friend favorite. Be sure to plan ahead so that you have time to cook the bread long enough.  While I usually post recipes for the GAPS and Keto diets, I do still enjoy baking for friends and family with wheat flour.

This is part of a baking series as I show my children how to bake classic recipes from scratch - most of these recipes are adapted from Joy of Cooking.  When adapting recipes, typically  I reduce the sugar and change the directions so that both the wet and dry ingredients are done in the same bowl to save dishes. 

We always use folic-acid-free flour

Keyword Banana Bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 20 slices
Calories 158 kcal
Author Cara


  • 10 tablespoons butter soft
  • 2/3 cup sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses omit if using brown sugar
  • 4 large bananas very ripe
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-2/3 cups all purpose flour or gluten free flour + 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup crispy walnuts optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350* F. Line 2 (6-cup) loaf pans with parchment paper or grease well with butter.
  2. In a stand mixer with a paddle (triangle) attachment, beat butter until light and fluffy. Scrape sides if needed. Add in sugar and molasses if using and beat again until light and fluffy.
  3. To the butter/sugar mixture, add in bananas one at a time, beating between each addition. Add in eggs one at a time, again beating between each mixture.
  4. Stop the mixer and add flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix slowly until just combined.
  5. Add in crispy walnuts if using.
  6. Evenly distribute batter among both loaf pans and bake for 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove to cool the rest of the way.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking (reduced sugar, doubled recipe, changed instructions)

Nutrition Facts
Classic Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 176mg7%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.