Banana Bread – Need A Hand

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Banana Bread
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Banana Bread

Need a Hand
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings: 1 loaf pan


  • 1.5 Cups mushed bananas about 2 large
  • Cup sugar
  • Cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 ½ Cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • Cooking spray or shortening to grease pan


To start:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Using cooking spray or shortening (such as Crisco), grease the 9”x5” loaf pan, or an 8”x8” square pan.
  • In a large bowl mix the mushed bananas with the sugar.
  • Allow to mellow for 3 minutes, to let the juices of the bananas come out into the sugar.
  • Add vegetable oil and salt and mix until creamy.
  • Add the beaten eggs and stir well.

In a separate bowl:

  • In a medium bowl mix the baking powder with the flour.
  • Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until just mixed.
  • It’s ok if there are lumps.


  • Bake for 55 minutes at 350° F.
  • Check the center with a toothpick after 55 minutes to see if the bread needs another 5 minutes.
  • Cooking times vary between ovens.
  • If the toothpick comes out with dough on it, allow to cook for 5 more minutes, then repeat.
  • If the toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack on counter.


Serving suggestions:
Serve the same day with a nice cup of tea or coffee.
Also goes nicely with whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream.
Inspired by the Joy of Cooking

Don’t need the extra help? See my “Confidence” version of the recipe.