Banana Bread Day on February 23 is the perfect occasion to whip up a loaf of the most delightful and flavorful banana bread you've ever tasted. Whether you're a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, this recipe promises to deliver incredibly smelling perfection that you'll want to make again and again. This easy banana bread recipe makes one loaf, but feel free to double the ingredients if you're in the mood to share some banana bread love.


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup of sugar

3 ripe bananas

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

1/3 cup dates, chopped

1/4 cup chocolate chips


1. Start with the basics: Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. This is the foundation of your banana bread, ensuring a sweet and creamy texture.

2. Add eggs and bananas: Incorporate the eggs one at a time, followed by the mashed bananas. This step is crucial for adding moisture and binding the ingredients together.

3. Mix dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. This ensures that the leavening agents are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

4. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to a denser loaf.

5. Flavor with extras: Stir in the vanilla extract, then add the raisins, toasted walnuts, chopped dates, and chocolate chips. These add-ons not only provide a wonderful texture but also enhance the bread with their distinct flavors.

6. Bake to perfection: Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Serve and enjoy: Let the banana bread cool slightly before slicing. For the ultimate experience, serve it hot with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The warmth of the bread paired with the cold ice cream makes for an irresistible dessert.

Final Words:

This banana bread recipe is a celebration of flavors and textures, combining the sweetness of ripe bananas with the crunch of walnuts and the richness of chocolate chips. The addition of cinnamon and vanilla extract adds a warm, comforting aroma that will fill your kitchen as it bakes.

For those who prefer a visual guide, don't forget to check out my Instagram video, where I give you a visual of each step of this easy banana bread recipe in detail.

Whether you're baking for a special occasion or simply looking to treat yourself, this banana bread is sure to impress.

Happy Banana Bread Day!