Recipes that got us through 2020: Alison B’s Banana Bread

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| 25 Feb 2021 | 11:51

Alison’s Famous Banana Bread - One Bowl & No Mixer Needed

Makes one large or two smaller 9.5 in. loafs, 3 mini loafs, or approximately 18 muffins. Use gluten free versions of ingredients to make gluten free: 1-1 gluten free flour.


3/4 cup packed brown sugar*

1/2 cup refined, neutral taste coconut oil or butter

2 eggs

2-3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon, or to taste

1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup dairy milk or half-and-half, or heavy cream (no substitutions)

Optional mix ins:

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1 cup blueberries with 1 blueberry yogurt cup instead of dairy


1 cup chocolate chips


Save 3/4 cup of batter and mix with 1/4 cup Nutella OR 2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar. Drip into filled pans and swirl until streaks are visible


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Melt coconut oil/butter in microwave-safe bowl

3. With a wooden spoon, stir coconut oil/butter into sugar until sugar is dissolved, about 20 strokes

4. With a wooden spoon, stir eggs into batter, mixing until eggs are smoothly combined. Stir in banana, salt, and baking soda.

5. With a wooden spoon, stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time until the batter no longer has white flour streaks in it. Pour in dairy and stir until liquid is fully combined. Gently mix in optional mix-ins, if desired. Pour into prepared pans.

Cook Times:

9x5 pans: 1 hour. Start checking at 45 minutes.

Mini loafs: 35 minutes. Start checking at 30 minutes.

Muffins: 20 minutes. Start checking at 15 minutes.

Bread is done when toothpick is poked into the middle of the bread and comes out clean.

*You can use white or brown sugar, or both. Recommendation: If your bananas are very ripe, use all white sugar or 1/2 cup white, 1/4 cup brown. If they are not very ripe, use all brown sugar or 1/2 cup brown, 1/4 cup white.