Old Fashioned Banana Bread Recipe 

 Originally Written: October 11, 2011

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on October 11, 2011 by Hanna Trafford

Easy to make and great tasting - try this recipe today!

The reason this banana bread is so good must be that I use bananas what started to turn dark – sometimes almost black! When they do turn like that, they may not look great, but let me assure you that they are so sweet, you don’t even need to add sugar! I add maple syrup to the recipe – it really give it a very nice flavour. The recipe is very easy to put together, the baked bread will keep nicely for about a week in a closed container and you can serve it for breakfast with butter and your favourite jam or even for dessert!


1-1/2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of sugar

1-1/2 cups of raisins

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup of maple syrup

at least 1 cup of mashed bananas ( usually double that)


Here is what my bananas looked like:

These were starting to turn dark - not good to eat but great to make sweet banana bread

I use a little electric gadget to masher the bananas up, but you can easily do it with a fork  – its OK to have little pieces of banana in the bread

You don't have to use electric mixer to mash your bananas, fork will do just fine.

As I always say, get all your ingredients measured up and ready to start combining them – it saves time and you won’t miss anything!

I developed a habit of organizing all my ingredients before starting to combine them - it works really well and you won't miss anything that belongs in the recipe

Comnbine the dry ingredients first, then add raisins and mix them in as well

in another bowl, combine all other ingredients, nix them up and add to dry ingredients

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl, all others in another bowl and then mix everything together

I fill two smaller pans with the batter – the bread will rise quite a bit while baking and if you fill your loaf pan too high, it can start dripping over the edge and drip to the bottom of your oven.

Remember not to fill your loaf pan(s) too high - the batter will rise while baking and you don't want it to run over the edges and start dripping into the bottom of your oven


Preheat your oven to 350F and bake your banana bread on the centre rack for about 50-60 minutes

Bake your bread at 350F on centre oven rack for about 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. You can check it by inserting a toothpick or a thin knife into the centre - if it comes out clean, your bread is done!
Looks good, smells great and tastes awesome!


Hope you enjoy this recipe – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!



Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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