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Banana bread

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Banana bread
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Pale banana bread cake made with unripe bananas and molasses
TypeSweet bread
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBananas, Wheat, Water, Sugar.
VariationsBanana raisin bread, banana nut bread, chocolate chip 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 February 23.[4] Bananas appeared in the US in the 1870s and it took a while for them to appear as ingredient items for desserts.[citation needed] 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. It could also be a combination of both theories, insofar as being developed in a corporate kitchen to promote flour and baking soda products, as well as marketed as a method to make use of overripe bananas. [6]


  • Normal banana bread
  • 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
  • Vegan banana bread (doesn’t include the dairy products or eggs)

See also[edit]


  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". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
  4. ^ "American Holidays". Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Modern Banana Bread Recipe". Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Banana Bread History and Variations". Archived from the original on 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-04-20.

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