Bowers’ Banana Bread Recipe

Bowers’ Banana Bread Recipe

Bake Time: Bread 60-75 minutes ••Muffins 15-20 minutes.

Yield: 1 loaf of bread or 12 muffins


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or use 1/2 cup of canola oil instead)
  • 2 Tbspmilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 ripe bananas (mashed well)


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Add flour, baking soda and salt to a small bowl and set aside.

3. Mix egg, sugar and applesauce (or oil) until well-combined.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix.

5. Add milk, vanilla and bananas. Mix until just combined.

6. Pour into greased bread loaf pan or muffin tin.

7. Bake 60-75 minutes for bread loaf or 15-20 minutes for muffins. Or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


Banana bread is a huge favorite treat in the Bowers household! It took a little trial and error to find a recipe that we love (and that is tree nut free for my son), but I think we finally landed on a good one! The original recipe I had stumbled upon a few years ago and have been adjusting ever since.

I have made this as regular banana bread but we really prefer the muffin version (easier to grab-and-go on busy mornings)! When I went gluten free for a few months last year I only swapped the regular flour to a gluten free 1:1 flour. My family couldn’t even tell the difference!

Banana bread definitely tastes better when such a cute baker is helping out!

My daughter has recently found a love of cooking and baking with mommy and while it takes a little longer (and is a bit messier), it’s one of my favorite activities too!

What other toddler sensory play offers such scrumptious results? Trust me, it’s worth the extra mess!

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