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Banana Bread Mini Loaves

Of all the quick breads in the world, I don’t know that there is one more universally pleasing than banana bread.  The smell of a loaf of banana bread baking engenders the happiest soul-soothing feelings.

And many banana bread and muffin recipes are similar.  Hell, many are the same.  But that’s quite all right.

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Basic Banana Bread

Because you may tweak the proportions a bit, but with some eggs, sugar, flour, and fat in the form of butter or ghee or oil, or dairy (or more than one of the above), and a group of over-ripe bananas, you are going to end up with something well worth the small amount of effort involved, and that will endear you to friends and family, all around.

If I can think of something more guaranteed to be worth your while than a muffin or a quick bread, I will let you know.

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Mini Banana Breads

So when I found the world’s most adorable mini loaf pan at the flea market I go to almost every Sunday during the summer, 8 2 x 4-inch loaves all nestled into one single baking tray, I did not even think to negotiate the $2 price tag.  I grabbed, and I ran. So now I get to make 8 recipients happy for the price of one recipe. (You can also find a similar loaf pan on Amazon.)

Disposable Mini Loaf Pans

There are also quite a nice array of little paper mini-loaf (and muffin/cupcake) pans available. If you don’t have one of these pans, you can still make the little guys easily, using these disposable mini loaf pans. I like this brand a lot.  Do give them a spray with nonstick spray or if you’re feeling industrious a light swipe of softened butter.

You’ll be filling the little loaf tins quite full, and then you will get that pretty browned crown.

Mini Banana Loaves / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Each mini is about the size of two muffins, so you can share with a friend, or you can decide that you deserve two muffins in the form of a mini banana bread loaf.  Serve them up with butter or jam or any preserves that you like .

If you can have at least one still warm from the oven, plan to make that happen.

Mini Banana Loaves / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

The Cutest Mini Banana Bread Loaves: Cute as a button and perfect for sharing, great for stashing in the freezer. Also a great holiday gift.

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Gifting Banana Bread

Wondering who to give these to?  Here’s a list of possible recipients.  Or bring them to a work, a PTA meeting, your kids’ soccer game, or your book club. Wrap them in plastic wrap, or parchment paper, and tie them with a pretty ribbon if you want to make them extra gifty.

Some people may see browning bananas.  I see a mini banana bread loaves about to be born. (Geez, what a dork.)

Mini Banana Loaves / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

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Mini Banana Bread Loaves

4.73 from 59 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 People
8 adorable little loaves for the price of one recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 super ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F, and lightly and oil 8 (2×4-inch) mini loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Place the bananas in another large bowl and mash them well with a whisk or a potato masher or a fork. Add the brown and granulated sugars and the melted butter and beat with an electric mixer or a whisk until well blended (there will be little bits of banana that don’t get perfectly smooth). Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then beat in the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, switch to a spoon, and stir just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the tins (they will be fairly full), and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the mini loaves comes out clean, about 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes in the tins on a wire rack, then turn the little loaves out onto the rack to finish cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Disposable Mini Loaf Pans

There are also quite a nice array of little paper mini-loaf (and muffin/cupcake) pans available. If you don’t have one of these pans, you can still make the little guys easily, using these disposable mini loaf pans. I like this brand a lot.  Do give them a spray with nonstick spray or if you’re feeling industrious a light swipe of softened butter.
You’ll be filling the little loaf tins quite full, and then you will get that pretty browned crown.

Nutrition

Calories: 267.94kcal, Carbohydrates: 43.55g, Protein: 3.01g, Fat: 9.64g, Saturated Fat: 5.77g, Cholesterol: 53.57mg, Sodium: 233.02mg, Potassium: 137.3mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 29.07g, Vitamin A: 324.62IU, Vitamin C: 1.93mg, Calcium: 27.74mg, Iron: 1.07mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Comments

  1. Could you possibly include a photo of the mixture in the pans before putting into the oven? A description is great but seeing it helps a great deal.

    1. Hello. I was just wondering why you rated it 2 stars if it turned out great? Thinking of making this tonight.

  2. my 2nd. batch is baking right now and I found that my mini pans are quite large and I still had more batter to fill another little larger individual mini pan both times. I measured my pans which were the same size you mentioned and the tiny were filled to the top. First batch I added mini chocolate chips and they were so yummy as I had to taste one, and this batch has finely chopped walnuts. so this way I please everyone I am giving them to. Thanks for this recipe as I have so many different recipes and this one is very easy.

  3. Hi! Could I use bread flour in place of all-purpose flour? Would it make a difference in baking or flavor/texture?

    1. bread flour really works best in yeast based breads, as it has a lot of more protein thatn regular flour, and will probably result in less tender banana breads.

    1. I would wrap each loaf in plastic wrap and then slide them into a freezer proof zipper top bag, label it, press out any excess air and then freeze the loaves for up to 4 months!

    1. I think you will be able to get about 5 of those size loaves, and I would bake them for 35 to 45 minutes, util a wooden toothpick or skewer comes out clean. the loaf pans should be filled pretty full, so if you only get 4, then stick with 4!

  4. I have a question, what does the vanilla extract add to the banana bread. I’ve honestly never used vanilla so I’m curious how it changes the flavor.

    1. it just provides a depth of flavor to the batter – it’s used in many baking recipes, from banana bread to chocolate brownies – you’ll definitely notice the difference!

  5. Great recipe that I made with my daughter this morning. Made these in a mini cupcake tray. My son ate two at a time! Will be making again soon. Thank you!

    1. I’ve never tried it but it surely can – start checking it for doneness at 30 minutes!

  6. Hi Katie, I’m going to try your Banana Bread recipe and I hope they come out right. I have the 8 mini loaves pan so I’m making some with nuts and some without nuts. A friend of mine gave me 40 bananas so I’m making a lot of loaves. Have a great rest of year.

  7. How do you package these for individual gifting? Just put them in clear cellophane bags? Need ideas.

    1. yes, I usually put them in cellophane bags and tie them with a pretty ribbon! You can also use cellophane paper and tie them up with ribbon like a little gift.

  8. Followed directions and measurements exactly, resulted in only 6 half-filled mini tins. Tastes delicious but will make 2 batches next time.

    1. you may have larger mini loaves than the size called for in the recipe – they can vary!

      1. I was the opposite. Have filled up 12 and still have more mixture! I’m sure my tin is pretty small. No complaints though… they will disappear in no time!

  9. I absolutely love this recipe! I like making these all year. During the holidays I always roast pecans and I always add some to this recipe. I love gifting these almost as much as I love eating these!

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