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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.

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.

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

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 .

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

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.

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

Other Banana Bread and Cake Recipes:

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Mini Banana Bread Loaves

8 adorable little loaves for the price of one recipe.
Yield: 16 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutrition Information

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

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Comments

  1. Can I be your friend. Cute pan! I would have bought it too — even with the $2 price. Ha.

    Love banana bread.

    Just copied. I even have a folder on my computer of banana bread recipes. Since I think chocolate is always good — just made an old cooking light recipe for a marbled banana bread, but love the plain ones too.

  2. Made your butterscotch brownies tonight for my mom. They are the best. Now I must try your banana bread. Mom just gave me all of her bread ready bananas. Yay!!!

  3. A friend gave me a single ripe banana and challenged me to make banana bread. I looked and looked for a recipe that could easily use one banana. I found yours and it was perfect – easily divisible by 3. Made 2 beautiful mini loaves. You would not believe how many compliments I received! Will definitely be making this again! Thank you for sharing.

  4. I would Enjoy a mini banana bread loaf. I am having sister week and I’m making your recipe. I have six sisters and no brothers. We are all grown and have a blast – be crazy, silly and lasting memories.

    Thank you

    Celebrate life daily with no regrets. ( my Sophia hileman)
    I’m a stage three breast cancer survivor. It’s been four years.

  5. I have the same pan. I think I got mine at Wal-Mart for way more than $2. LOL At work they give me the leftover ripe bananas that no one wants to eat and I make banana bread/muffins and bring them back to work. The only thing I added to your recipe was 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg.

  6. Hi just made the fabulous banana mini loaves, thank you, but how can I package them prettily to bring as a gift?

    1. They sell nice clear small bags in party stores and online, and you can just slide the breads into bags, and tie them with a pretty ribbon. You could also wrap them in parchment paper like a present, and tie those with twine or other string.

  7. I found one of these pans in Walmart’s seasonal aisle. I think it was about $6 though. It’s in a festive color, so I guess that’s why it cost more.

    Thank you for sharing the baking time, 20-25 minutes! We have a bake sale fundraiser coming up for my son’s Teen Library Council on 10-21. The organizer said, ‘No icing, all individually wrapped.’ I’m making little pumpkin breads in festive sandwich baggies from Dollar Tree. There’s a cute story to go with this:

    Originally, I had decided that I would not get involved with our TLC because one of the leaders rudely scolded me for not moving fast enough while volunteering and then again for giving a tot a $1 consolation prize that they didn’t win. You’d have thought I stole something by the way she acted. I feel like she has it out for me and I avoid her as much as I can. Anyway, I’ve been looking for a mini-loaf pan for quite some time. When I finally found it, I started counting my blessings. That’s when it hit me – why am I punishing kids for a crotchety old woman’s behavior? I’m not about to let a broken person break me! I’m actually glad I didn’t grab the pan the first time I saw it because then I’d still be stewing over that bitter old lady. Now that I have the mini-loaf pan, it makes a lot more sense to do what will make me feel better anyway.

  8. I bought 2 of my mini loaf pans last yr And i get to break them in this year. Thank you for having the recipe for these minis….I was wondering if I had to make the batter the same as the regular ones til I found ur recipe.

  9. After searching all week for a banana bread recipe, I came across yours and so glad I did. I made these this morning and they were delicious. I added chocolate chips to my husband’s batch and he loved it! Best banana bread ever!

    1. I think the amount of batter should be pretty ok, but I would start seeing if they were done baking at around 16 minutes.

  10. This recipe is my go-to recipe for sure. It’s classic, delicious and everyone loves it.
    I am always looking for ways to be organized in the kitchen, save some money and nourish their bodies. Keeping a heating day once seven days keep my kids healthy and happy and I totally organized and on top of things. Yay me! With this classic banana bread, you can’t go wrong. I not only make loaves, but I also make muffins and bars with this batter. The best part about muffins is that you can bake up as many as you like and freeze them in a large freezer zip lock bag and pull out for breakfast, lunches or snacks as needed. It’s perfect!!

    1. I just like the way it seasons – table salt or iodized salt is finer, and makes things taste salty to me, rather than bringing up the flavors of the other ingredients. You can use table salt, just cut the amount in half, as the grains are so much finer.

  11. I just bought two of these little loaf pans one for my daughter & one for myself I got mine from William Sonoma’s,I had looked for these prior to buying these &couldn’t find them soooooo when I saw them at WS I got themexpensive I love making Banana Bread for my neighbors during the holidays. Thanks for the great recipe

  12. I purchased one of these pans only it makes 18 loaves. I have been trying my new purchase out and I am finding to difficult. The bottoms are black and the tops are not all the way baked. Help! I have reduced cooking time to 8-10 minutes and the loaves are not baking completely. Suggestions. I am making breads that have cake batter and pudding in them.

    1. is the pan a very dark metal? If it is, maybe try lining the bottoms of the loaves with parchment paper (a pain in the ass but ….). Also bake it in the upper third of the oven?

  13. L♥️VE your easy recipe ! I moved to and I had send my kitchen baking pans and I have the Martha Stuart 8 loaf !
    Love it and share my bread all the time since I have lots of bananas trees in my backyard ! Gracias

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