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Ultimate Banana Bread
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4.7 from 10 votes

Ultimate Banana Bread

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breads and Muffins
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Adapted recipe by Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by America's Test Kitchen


  • 5 large very ripe bananas peeled
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs beaten until well combined
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup pecans toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp turbinado sugar sprinkled on top of batter before baking


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8 x 4 loaf pan with coconut oil cooking spray (or regular).
  • Peel 5 bananas and place them in a microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap then cut a few slits for air vents.
  • Place into the microwave and cook for 4-5 minutes on high.
  • Remove from the microwave and pour into a strainer that's placed over a bowl. Let the banana liquid drain into the bowl, stirring the bananas occasionally, for 15 minutes. You should have about 1/2 cup of liquid.
  • Transfer the banana liquid into a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Boil the liquid, stirring often, until reduced by half (about 1/4 cup).
  • Transfer the cooked/mashed bananas into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the reduced banana liquid over the mashed/cooked banana, stir until fairly smooth.
  • Whisk in the brown sugar, two eggs, and the cooled melted butter and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk together in a small bowl, the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until well combined.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture until just combined.
  • Add the toasted pecans and combine.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle the top of the batter evenly with turbinado sugar.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on wire rack. Serve and enjoy.