Moist and delicious banana bread recipe without nuts. Incredible flavor from a classic style recipe.
This is my favorite banana bread recipe to make without nuts. So if you can’t have nuts, or just don’t particularly like them, this is the perfect recipe for you.
The texture is incredibly moist with the perfect amount of crumble while the flavor is sweet without being too much so.
This really is one of my all-time favorite banana bread recipes and it’s ideal as a sweet breakfast treat or simple family dinner.
While I make sure to use common ingredients for this recipe, you will also find a section discussing substitutes you can use in case you are out of any of the ingredients.
Make sure to bookmark or pin this recipe, because you will definitely want to make it again!
How to Bake Homemade No Nut Banana Bread
Fresh baked banana bread just smells like coming home, and this recipe will fill your house with a wonderful aroma.
This is a classic style banana bread recipe, and it tastes just how my grandmother made when I was a kid. And it’s one of those recipes that you can turn into a family tradition too.
We are going to use common baking ingredients throughout so you should have everything you need in your pantry already. But just in case, you will find a section covering all the replacement ingredients you can use.
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Nut Free Banana Bread Ingredients
When making this banana bread recipe go with extra ripe bananas. This is going to provide you with the sweet, deep banana flavor that makes this recipe oh so delicious.
Traditionally, banana bread was a great way to use banana that were getting to the point where no one would eat them. But that is exactly when a banana is ideal for making a loaf!
Now, here is the complete ingredient list for the recipe.
- Ripe bananas
- Granulated sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Vanilla extract
- Baking soda
Banana Bread without Nuts Recipe Instructions
Prep time for this recipe is less than five minutes and bake time is just about one hour, so this is about as quick a recipe as you will find for homemade banana bread.
This recipe yields one loaf, but you can double it if you would like. Before starting, make sure to gather all your ingredients.
You will need two mixing bowls, a loaf pan, and a wooden spoon for mixing.
Step 1: Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Peel your ripe bananas and place them in a bowl. Mash them with your spoon.
Step 3: In your second mixing bowl, add your granulated sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and egg. Stir until well combined.
Step 4: Add your mashed banana to your sugar mixture and stir until well combined.
Step 5: In empty bowl, add your flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until combined.
Step 6: Pour flour mixture into banana mixture and stir until well combined.
Step 7: Grease loaf pan with butter or non-stick baking spray.
Step 8: Pour banana bread dough into greased loaf pan.
Step 9: Bake for approximately one hour.
Because oven temperatures do vary, your bake time may need to be adjusted a little. To check if your banana bread is done, stick a fork, long toothpick, or skewer in the center of your banana bread and pull it out.
If it comes out clean, or with just a couple crumbs on it, it is ready to be pulled from the oven.
Cool your banana bread on a wire rack until ready to serve.
While this recipe only uses common baking ingredients, I get asked about substitutions often, so here are the most commonly needed alternative ingredients that can be used in this recipe.
Banana: If you do not have enough bananas for this recipe, you can replace one or two of them and still produce a great loaf of banana bread.
You can use any nut butter (if your can have nuts), Greek yogurt, pureed pumpkin, applesauce, or purred carrots. Read more in my banana substitutes in banana bread guide.
Granulated sugar: If you are all out of granulated sugar you can use a replacement. The key thing to keep in mind is moisture content though, as some types of sugar contain more moisture than white sugar. You can use brown sugar, palm sugar, vanilla sugar, or even coconut sugar in this recipe.
All-purpose flour: There are a number of gluten free flour alternatives you can use in this recipe. Keep in mind that most will produce a flatter, denser texture, but the flavor is wonderful. Go with almond flour, cashew flour, cassava flour, or chickpea flour.
For traditional flour alternatives use wheat flour, or even self-rising flour. If you go with self rising flour, omit the baking soda from your recipe.
Unsalted Butter: If you only have salted butter, you can use it but you will want to leave out the added salt from the recipe. You can also use ghee, lard, or shortening instead of butter.
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Banana Bread Without Nuts
- 2 Mixing Bowls
- 1 Loaf Pan
- 4 Ripe Bananas
- 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 5 1/2 Tbs Unsalted Butter
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Pinch Salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Peel bananas and add them to mixing bowl. Using your wooden spoon, mash them
- In second mixing bowl, add your granulated sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined
- Transer mashed banana to sugar mixture and stir until well combined
- In your now empty mixing bowl, add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well combined
- Add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir until well combined
- Grease loaf pan and then add banana bread dough to pan
- Bake for 55-60 minutes. Banana bread is done when you can insert skewer into the middle and it comes out clean
- Carefully remove from oven and cool on wire rack
- Serve and enjoy!
This banana bread recipe is perfect for a sweet breakfast treat or simple family dessert. It can be stored for up to five days at room temperature when covered.
You can store it in the fridge, but that does tend to dry it out. Just make sure that you keep your banana bread sealed when stored to minimize drying out.