Banana Carrot Bread — EASY, no-mixer, super soft banana carrot bread that reminds me of carrot cake but healthier!! Great Easter brunch idea or spring baked good!

Banana Carrot Bread — EASY, no-mixer, super soft banana carrot bread that reminds me of carrot cake but healthier!! Great Easter brunch idea or spring baked good!

Easy Easter Brunch Idea

I have every possible combination of carrot + applezucchini + blueberry + banana quick bread. Or so I thought. But I don’t have this combo.

Springtime and Easter make me think of carrot cake, which I love, but since I have multiple recipes for it I wanted to change things up a bit. Enter: this super moist, springy, tender banana carrot bread. It’s bread that reminds me of cake and I’m not complaining.

This banana bread with sour cream is an easy, no mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes. I use oil rather than butter and there’s no butter to cream and no mixer to dirty. Oil keeps bread softer and springier than butter and I prefer it.

What’s in Banana Carrot Bread? 

To make this banana carrot cake bread recipe, you’ll need:

  • Egg
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Canola oil
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Grated carrots
  • Ripe bananas 

Banana Carrot Bread — EASY, no-mixer, super soft banana carrot bread that reminds me of carrot cake but healthier!! Great Easter brunch idea or spring baked good!

How to Make Banana Carrot Bread

This carrot cake bread recipe is very similar to your typical banana bread. Whisk together the wet ingredients and the two kinds of sugar, then stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in the mashed bananas and grated carrots last. 

Turn the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan and bake until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

You’ll need to let this banana carrot bread cool for 15 minutes in the pan before turning it out onto a wire rack. 

Can I Make This Recipe as Banana Carrot Muffins?

Probably, but I’ve only ever made the recipe as written so I can’t advise you on the best way to turn this recipe into muffins. 

Can I Add Mix-Ins? 

You probably can add mix-ins like raisins or chopped walnuts, but I haven’t tried it myself. 

Banana Carrot Bread — EASY, no-mixer, super soft banana carrot bread that reminds me of carrot cake but healthier!! Great Easter brunch idea or spring baked good!

Tips for Making Banana Carrot Bread

For an even more pronounced carrot cake flavor, you can add some cinnamon and nutmeg to the banana bread batter. And I bet a cream cheese glaze would taste amazing drizzled on top of this loaf! 

Because both carrots and bananas have lots of moisture and if your bread takes longer (or shorter) than the time estimates I gave for baking, don’t worry. Bake until it’s done.

Note that this banana carrot bread freezes incredibly well. You can freeze the entire loaf or slice and freeze individual servings. 

Carrot Banana Bread
Yield: 10

Carrot Banana Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

EASY, no-mixer, super soft banana carrot bread that reminds me of carrot cake but healthier!! Great Easter brunch idea or spring baked good!

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional if necessary (see step 4 in directions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup coarsely grated carrots, laid loosely in cup and not packed (don’t wring out)
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (from about 2 medium/large bananas)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
    2. To a large bowl, add the the first six ingredients, through vanilla, and whisk to combine.
    3. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
    4. Add the carrots (grate them on the coarsest blade of a box grater), bananas, and stir to combine. The batter should be quick thick but because all carrots and bananas vary in their moisture content, you may need to add 1/4 cup additional flour. If in doubt, add flour.
    5. Turn batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
    6. Bake for about 53 to 63 minutes (I baked 60 minutes) or until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
    7. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • Tip – Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it at the 45 minute-mark to prevent top and sides from becoming overly browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of carrots, bananas, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.
  • Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Adapted from Carrot Apple Bread, Blueberry Zucchini Bread, and Zucchini Banana Bread.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

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