Six-Banana Banana Bread

There’s no chance of wimpy or lackluster banana flavor here.

I baked six bananas into one loaf. Yes, six.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Don’t get me wrong, I love my gold standard recipe for banana bread. It’s everything I want and it never lets me down. But I also cheat on it from time to time. Say, with 35+ Banana Recipes, and about 15 of them are recipes for various Banana Breads. You can never have too many.

I wanted to pack more pure banana essence and intensity into the bread and so I used more bananas.

A whole lot more.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

When I decided I to make it, I went to the grocery store in hopes of finding some of those red sticker overripe banana bundles, but nothing. Every banana I found was as green as a lime. And in the 3 weeks since, every time I’ve gone to the store, there are oodles of red bundles. Bad banana karma.

I bought 15 bananas that day. Nine to get us through the week, and 6 to sit on the counter and ripen for the week. I felt like a zookeeper buying bananas for the monkeys.

If you thought your bananas had to be black as the night for banana bread, they don’t. Nicely freckled and speckled, but pitch black is not necessary. Cook’s Illustrated found there’s little difference in sweetness between freckled and completely black (see item 1o). Ripe is fine. They don’t have to be nearly rotting.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The batter comes together in minutes with just a whisk. Nothing to cream, drag your mixer out for, or get too fussy about.

Rather than using 1 to 1 1/2 cups of bananas which is what most recipes call for, I used a solid 2 1/2 cups. To compensate for the extra banana volume and moisture, I cut back on the amount of Greek yogurt (or sour cream) I usually use.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

I added a box of instant vanilla pudding mix because I use it in my other favorite recipe. Of the first ingredients in pudding mix is cornstarch, which is a workhorse for keeping cakes, cookies, and bread extremely soft, light, tender, and moist.

I’ve tried omitting it, and have trialed various combinations of buttermilk, sour cream, Greek yogurt, butter, and oil. But the pudding mix bread wins every time. If you can’t find pudding in your area (international readers write about this), I recommend one-quarter cup of additional flour, two teaspoons of cornstarch, and a dash of extra sugar.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

As I was filling up the 9×5 loaf pan, it was looking awfully full. I decided to play it safe and made a little mini 5×3 loaf, too. About three muffins worth. I’d rather be safe than clean my oven floor.

As an aside, this Set of 4 Mini Loaf Pans for $9.99 comes in so handy and so often, for that little bit of extra batter I find myself with when making quickbreads, cakes, or muffins. It’s so much easier to grab one little mini pan than clean a 12-cup muffin pan. And mini loaves are cute and make great gifts to give a friend, teacher, or co-worker, just because.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

I baked the mini loaf for 35 minutes and the big loaf for 68 minutes. Because bananas vary widely in moisture content as do ovens, baking times will vary. Watch your bread, not the clock.

In the last 10 minutes of cooking, I tented the 9×5 pan with foil because the center hadn’t quite set, but the edges and top surface were getting a smidge on the dark side. I recommend covering with foil if at any point your bread is looking a little dark.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The verdict is that this bread is everything and more. It’s super soft, tender and supremely moist. The pudding mix serves to add some lightness, fluffiness, and springiness.

Because of the 6 bananas, don’t expect a super light and airy loaf. It’s on the heavier and denser side, but I think all good banana bread should be. I don’t want light, airy, cakey, or dry. I want moist, heavy, and dense.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The real clincher is that all those bananas really make a difference in the overall banana flavor and intensity level. If you’ve ever felt like your banana bread is a bit underwhelming in banana intensity level, this recipe will cure that. It’s bursting with banana flavor. I mean, duh.

Now, depending on how many bananas I have to use, I have two favorite recipes; my old gold standard and this new one.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

You’ll never have to wonder again just how you’ll possibly use all your ripe bananas with this freckled banana-hogging recipe in your arsenal. Kill six with one loaf.

You may even find yourself wishing for some speckly and freckly ones.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Yes, 6 bananas in 1 loaf means it's super soft, moist & robust banana flavor! Now you know what to do with all your ripe bananas!

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Six-Banana Banana Bread

If you've ever felt your banana bread is a little lackluster in pure banana-flavored intensity, this recipe changes all that. Six bananas are baked into a soft, fluffy, dense, and supremely moist loaf. The bread is full of robust banana intensity, and is perfect for times when your ripe bananas seem to multiply on your counter.

Yield: 1 9x5 loaf & 1 mini loaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 68 minutes

Total Time: 78 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsalted butter (half of 1 stick), melted
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sour cream or thick Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
6 medium/large very ripe bananas, mashed (2 1/2 cups mashed bananas; if your bananas are huge you may only need 4 or 5; if they're small, you may need more)
one 3.4-ounce box vanilla instant pudding mix (not Cook 'n Serve)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside. If necessary, you may need to use a muffin pan or mini loaf for pan a small amount of batter.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power. Allow the butter to cool momentarily so you don't scramble the eggs.
  3. Add the eggs, sugars, sour cream, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the bananas and stir to incorporate
  5. Add the pudding mix (just add it dry like a dry ingredient; don't actually make pudding), flour, baking soda, cinnamon, optional salt, and fold in with spatula or stir gently with a spoon; don't overmix or bread will be tougher.
  6. Bake 9x5 loaf for 60 to 75 minutes (I baked 68 minutes), or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. In the final 10 to 15 minutes of cooking, or at any point if your bread is getting a bit dark before the center is setting, tent with foil.
  7. If baking a mini loaf is necessary, bake for about 35 minutes, or until done; I estimate 2 or 3 muffins will take about 20 to 25 minutes. Baking times for loaves will vary based on moisture content of bananas, pan sizes, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.
  8. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Serve plain, or with butter, jam, Honey Butter, Cinnamon-Sugar Butter, Strawberry Butter, Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze, or your favorite spread. Makes excellent French toast. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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122 Responses to “Six-Banana Banana Bread”

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    Cookin Canuck — May 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Oh, how I love a good banana bread. This is exactly what I’d like to wake up to tomorrow morning.

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    Deborah — May 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I made a recipe from My Baking Addiction that had a lot of bananas, and I was pleasantly surprised at just how much better it is with tons of bananas. This looks like the perfect banana bread!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I’d rather have this bread if I was a monkey than some lameo banana! Sounds intense :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 30, 2013 at 3:45 am

    That’s a lot of bananas in one loaf. I can only imagine how incredibly moist and delicious this bread must taste!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 30th, 2013 at 4:06 am

      Beyond all others in the moist/soft department!

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    angela @ another bite please — May 30, 2013 at 5:32 am

    bring it averie! love banana flavor in my banana bread…and more so LOVE trying different recipes for banana bread as I can never get enough…and thanks for the tip on the speckled bananas vs totally brown…i never knew how ripe to let my bananas get and now I know. Thanks for your always wonderful tips!!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 30th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      I don’t even like the taste of black. It gets that weird sugary taste that is a turnoff for me. So I stop at freckled, not black!

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    Kate@Diethood — May 30, 2013 at 7:05 am

    That’s a beautiful loaf. And just the thought of that moist, soft bread with SIX bananas is making my mouth water!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — May 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

    This sounds amazing! I know I would not be as gorgeous and skinny as you if I baked! ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 30th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      One or two pieces, slices, etc. is what I try to do. However with this bread. I ate 6 slices on Day 1. Whoops! It was so good :)

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    Jess — May 31, 2013 at 1:52 am

    This is fantastic! It is shockingly common for me to have at least six bananas at various points of ripeness on my kitchen counter at any given time. Banana bread and freezing them for smoothies are a weekly neccesity.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 3:42 am

      The climate you’re in causes fruit to ripen SO FAST! I know when I’m in Aruba, bananas ripen literally overnight. What would take 4 days in San Diego, takes 1 in Aruba! That tropical air just does it!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 31, 2013 at 6:30 am

    ohemgee soooo banana-y!!!!

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    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel — May 31, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I totally agree there are never enough banana bread recipes. I’ve never seen one with quite so many bananas, but it sounds AMAZING!

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    Kendra — May 31, 2013 at 7:07 am

    My one weakness is banana bread and this looks so dam good!! Been looking for a good recipe for agessss think I might of hit the jackpot with this one. Thanks for posting!

    kendra :)

    http://thecurvygiraffe.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Valerie — May 31, 2013 at 9:27 am

    “Freckled banana-hogging recipe” would have made for a catchy title! :D
    I can tell by the scrumptious photos that this bread is dense, and flavourful, and sublime! Great idea to toss in the pudding. I bet it would be great with a splash or two of rum!! (I’m in a boozy, happy-Friday mood!)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      I think your Friday mood is about perfect! :)

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    Paula — May 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Well, all those bananas really do fit into 1 loaf! I have a stoneware loaf pan which is a little larger than 9×5, so I used that instead and had to leave it in closer to 85 min. It was worth the wait!! It’s everything you said it would be–intense banana flavor, dense, and VERY moist. I remember the story about the man who went to Hawaii in search of that famous banana bread–I really think he should try yours!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      I wish I had a stoneware loaf pan. I really want to try one. I have always been on the fence but sounds like they are totally worth it. And something just a smidge bigger than a 9×5 would be so helpful. I find myself in situations where I don’t have enough for 2 8x4s, and I have slightly too much for 1 9×5. I need like a 10×5 or 10×6. I can imagine that yes, about 85 minutes would have been necessary as my 9×5 took a good 68 or so. And I’m sure stone takes a bit longer to heat than a regular aluminum nonstick does.

      At any rate, glad you LOVE the bread! And yes, the Hawaii/bread man. That was in this past month’s issue of either Bon Appetit or Saveur and I posted about him! I wish I could send him my recipe. Glad you loved it, Paula! :)

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — May 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    So when I saw the title of the post, I was thinking, “Wow, I don’t even know 6 types of bananas!” But I guess I had the wrong idea. This still looks super tasty ;)

    Now, if one wanted to make a banana bread with 6 types of bananas, I wonder what you could use. Regular bananas, plantains, banana chips, banana yogurt, baby bananas, aaaaand … what else?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — May 31st, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Bananas foster bananas, and caramelized bananas!

      Wow, we’re good at coming up with bananas off the cuff :)

      See you on Tuedsay! Woot! :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 1, 2013 at 12:57 am

    6 bananas?! WOW! I love it. I can always use more banana intensity in my banana bread.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Oh, this is so lovely! I love banana bread, yours looks so wonderful and moist.

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    Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! — June 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    YES! I want to try this! Why wouldn’t banana bread have loads of bananas in it? Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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    Janell — June 9, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Yummy…. I didn’t have vanilla pudding mix so I used coconut cream pudding mix and it turned out very good.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 9th, 2013 at 5:36 am

      Coconut cream pudding sounds incredible! I’ve used it before in banana smoothies, just a couple tbsp and it’s so good! I bet it was heavenly in the bread. Thanks for LMK you tried the recipe!

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    Iona Krier — June 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Most amazing banana bread ever

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 11th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks for trying it! I happen to agree :) Thanks for LMK you made it!

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    Christine — June 13, 2013 at 5:08 am

    This bread is soooo delicious! I made a few small changes – used half spelt flour and half AP flour, used coconut sugar instead of white sugar, used your suggested substitute for the pudding, and left out the cinnamon. Definitely a winner! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 13th, 2013 at 5:12 am

      So glad that even with your tweaks, it came out just perfect for you! I bet the spelt was good in it because it’s such a ‘thirsty’ flour and absorbed some of the moisture; and that the quickie approximation of pudding mix that I suggested worked as well! Mmmm, coconut sugar, too! I would love to try your bread. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for LMK you made the recipe (in your own way!) :)

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    Kristina — June 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I got all the way to the vanilla instant pudding part and realized that I only had cheesecake instant pudding…. Excited to see how it turns out with the cheesecake instant pudding, smells delicious in the oven right now!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 22nd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      And you wouldn’t have had to toss the pudding in because it’s optional but it will make the bread so much softer! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the bread. Please LMK!

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    TucsonPatty — June 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I have used the Banana Bread recipe from a very old (1973) Sunset Bread Cookbook, and I love it. It uses whole wheat flour with the white flour and boiling water – adding alternately to the batter. I need to go look for that recipe, now!
    Any other Banana Bread is too pale and anemic looking to me!
    This looks darker, as the whole wheat one also does, and may do the trick for me.

    Sunset : CookBook of Breads [Paperback] 1973
    The editors of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine (Editor)

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    Lynn C — July 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I love banana bread and this recipes looks marvelous! Can I substitute gluten-free flour with the wheat flour and get good results? Thank you!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 21st, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      That’s a loaded question – you won’t know til you try! I use all-purpose flour here and that’s all I ever use for banana bread and have not experimented with GF flours. Sometimes GF flours work well in baking, other times not as much, but I would say experiment – you have nothing to lose. Keep me posted!

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