Rainy Day Banana Bread

With all of the rain we’ve had the past couple of days, it was a great time to stay indoors and do some baking.  This recipe is so easy and makes the most perfect moist, yummy bread.  Everything is mixed in one bowl and the batter can be put together in just minutes.   Make sure your bananas are ripe (like way past the point of even thinking about eating ripe) to really bring out the flavor.  A perfect treat in the morning, or for a great snack, I like to toast a slice and then spread on a bit of butter or cream cheese.

One Bowl Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf


3-4 very ripe bananas

8 tablespoons (1 stick) of unsalted butter, melted, plus butter to grease the loaf pan

3/4  cup packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1  tablespoon bourbon (optional but encouraged)

1 1/2  teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1  cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 – 1  cup toasted walnuts , chopped (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X5-inch loaf pan.

In large bowl, mash bananas with a fork or potato masher until relatively smooth.  (There will be some small lumps which are fine.)

Add the melted butter…

…and dark brown sugar and mix until well combined.

Add eggs, vanilla and bourbon and mix until well combined.

Add baking powder and salt and mix until well combined.

Add flours, and cinnamon and mix until well combined.

Mix in the walnuts.

Pour the batter in to loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour, until toothpick comes out of the center fairly clean.  Do not overbake.  This bread will remain moister than most due to the bananas.

Cool on a rack and remove from pan.

Note: Walnuts can be omitted or you can substitute something else like chocolate chips or shredded coconut.

4 Responses to Rainy Day Banana Bread

  1. Connie Ketchum says:

    Hi! I learned of your website through Soap Opera Digest recently. I will give some of your recipes a try. Enjoy watching you on Y&R! Best to you, Connie

  2. Shawna says:

    I am pulling out my bowl and spoons as we speak!! I also found you because of YNR but that was a while ago and love to follow your blog 🙂

  3. Diana Russell says:

    Jessica, I make banana bread for my husband everytime I go out of town for business. I am a huge fan of Y&R, and my husband enjoyed watching you play Charlie’s supposed sister on 2 & 1/2 men. Anyway, he loved this recipee and wants me to go out of town more often.

  4. Sammie Jo says:

    I love your recipes, and I am going to try your banana bread since I lost my recipe.
    I will, sub Cruzan dark Rum for the bourbon, can’t stand bourbon, lol
    Love you & nick on Y&R, and so glad you’re taking the romance slow, so tired of he bed jumping on that show.

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