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We make a lot of banana bread in our house, but my favorite is this maple sweetened recipe. I always have ripe bananas sitting in my fruit bowl. When the boys were little they used to eat them all the time, but now they only love to eat bananas when combined with a lot of peanut butter. In fact, I wrote a whole post about how to make 5 peanut butter breakfast ideas in under 5 minutes and bananas appear in 3 of the 5 meals! And speaking of breakfast, banana bread shows up at least once a week in our house. Sometimes, I take this same recipe and create muffins instead, the boys love muffins as an after school snack.
Reasons Why I Love This Maple Sweetened Banana Bread
One reason I love this maple sweetened banana bread so much is because it doesn’t contain any added sugar. Some recipes use so much added sugar, they may as well call it banana cake not bread! The maple syrup used in this loaf adds just the right amount of sweetness. And since I feed my boys banana bread for breakfast, I don’t have to feel guilty that they are consuming too much sugar, so early in the morning. I don’t know about you, but if I’m having sugar for breakfast I want donuts not banana bread.
Maple Sweetened Banana Bread is so easy to make, which is another reason I like it so much! As a busy mom, I am all about easy recipes. For this loaf, all the ingredients get thrown right into the mixer. No need to put the dry ingredients in a separate bowl or dirty a plate mashing the bananas. This recipe begins by adding the bananas to the mixer first and whipping them together until smooth. If you don’t mix long enough you may end up with some chunks of banana in your bread, which I LOVE! I like biting into different textures, so sometimes I will even add some chopped walnuts or a few dark chocolate chips.
Tips to Use While Baking
I use a silicone loaf pan when making banana bread (or any bread for that matter) because it isn’t necessary to butter or spray the pan prior to baking. This is a win in my book! One less step and one less ingredient makes baking a little easier. I have had my silicone pan for years and it still works wonderfully. Plus, I have never had a problem with it.
Also, one of my Time Saving Tips for Moms is to Cook Once, and Eat Twice! I believe that if you are going to take the time to baking something in the kitchen, then why not just double the recipe and freeze the second batch. So, when I make Maple Sweetened Banana Bread I double the recipe below and use half the batter to make a loaf and the other half to make muffins! Then, once everything has cooled, we eat the banana bread for breakfast, and I put the muffins into a large zip top bag in the freezer. Now I have some for next week too! When you are ready to eat the muffins from the freezer, just let them thaw and come to room temperature by sitting on the counter.
Oh yeah, I have one more tip! If you find that your bananas are ripe, but you don’t have time to bake for a few days, then just put them into the refrigerator. This will stop the ripening process, so your bananas will last until you are ready to use them. Because there is nothing worse than preparing to make banana bread and then discovering your bananas are rotten! Yuck!
MAPLE SWEETENED BANANA BREAD
Easy No Sugar Added Banana Bread Recipe The Whole Family Will Love!
- 3 ripe bananas
- 6 TBSP melted butter Melt in the microwave or stovetop
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab your silicone loaf pan or prep a regular loaf pan with cooking spray. Add the peeled ripe bananas to the bowl of the stand mixer and mash together. Add melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir. Add egg. Mix until well-combined. Sprinkle flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon over the banana mixture. Mix the dry ingredients into the bananas and stir until combined. Don’t over mix! Scrape into loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Add a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or walnuts for added texture.
About 12 Muffins can be prepared using the same recipe. Bake muffins in 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.