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Banana Bran Bread

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic


Banana Bran Bread Recipe

Banana breads are often one of the first recipes a beginning baker tries. They have so much going for them: they're reasonably healthy, they're fast, they're usually moist, and the softer your bananas, the better they are. Banana breads make good friends with add-ins, too, like coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, and bran.

This loaf is baked in an 8 1/2" x 4" pan instead of a more typical 9 x 5" quickbread pan. Using the smaller pan gives a taller loaf.

At a glance

1 loaf, 16 servings
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed, very ripe bananas (the riper the banana, the better the flavor), about 4 medium bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1 cup bran cereal (not bran flakes)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • grated rind of 1 orange, or 1/4 teaspoon orange oil
  • 1/4 cup nonfat yogurt, plain or flavored
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" bread pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together until smooth the banana, egg, vegetable oil, bran cereal, vanilla, orange peel or oil and yogurt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  4. Quickly and gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring only until everything is moistened.
  5. Spoon the batter into the pan.
  6. Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until the cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. Remove the bread from the oven, and cool for 5 minutes on a rack.
  8. Remove the bread from the pan, and cool completely before slicing.
  9. Store, well-wrapped, at room temperature for 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 slice, 56g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 131 cal
  • Calories from Fat
  • Total Fat 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol 17mg
  • Sodium 216mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 14g
  • Dietary Fiber 4g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.