Banana bread

Banana bread
Pale banana bread loaf made with unripe bananas and molasses
Type Sweet bread
Place of origin U.S.A
Main ingredients Bananas, Wheat, Water, Sugar.
Variations Banana raisin bread, banana nut bread, chocolate chip banana bread
Cookbook: Banana bread  Media: Banana bread

Banana bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas.[1] It is often a moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread; however, there are some banana bread recipes that are traditional-style raised breads.


Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s. It appeared in Pillsbury's 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook,[2] and later gained more acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana's Recipe Book in 1950.[3]

National Banana Bread day is 23 February.[4] Bananas appeared in the US in the 1870s and it took a while for them to appear as ingredient items for desserts. The modern banana bread recipe[5] began being published in cookbooks around the 1930s and its popularity was greatly helped by the introduction of baking powder on the market. Some food historians believe banana bread was a byproduct of the Great Depression as resourceful housewives did not wish to throw away overripe bananas (as they were still a costly item to purchase), others believe the modern banana bread was developed in corporate kitchens to promote flour and baking soda products.[6]


  • Banana raisin bread
  • Banana nut bread  chopped nuts, often walnuts or pecans, are added to the recipe.
  • Chocolate chip banana bread  chocolate chips are added to the recipe.
  • Banana bread muffins

See also


  1. Barrowman, John. "Food Recipes-Banana Bread". BBC. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  2. Ames, Mary Ellis (1933). "1 - Breads". Balanced Recipes. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Pillsbury Flour Mills Company. p. 3.
  3. "Original Chiquita Banana Bread".
  4. "American Holidays". Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. "Modern Banana Bread Recipe". Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  6. "Banana Bread History and Variations".
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