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One Bowl Banana Bread

banana bread on a cutting board


3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar (white or brown)
1 large egg
1/3 cup (85 ml) canola or flax oil
1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
2 cups (500 ml) all-purpose or whole  wheat flour, or a combination
1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
1/2-1 cup (125-250 ml) berries, fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, or other additions (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the sugar, egg, oil and vanilla until well blended – don’t worry about getting all the lumps out.

Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until the batter starts to come together. Add any additions you like and stir until combined.

Pour the batter into an 8” x 4” loaf pan that has been buttered or sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top is golden and springy to the touch.

Makes 1 loaf; serves 10.


This recipe is easy to modify. Try swapping half the flour for whole wheat or oat flour, add a shake of cinnamon, bran or flaxseed, toss in a handful of berries, nuts or raisins, or use flax oil to boost omega 3s, important for proper brain function and development.

Per slice (made with half whole wheat flour and 1 cup blueberries):

calories, 6 g fat (0.6 g saturated, 3.6 g monounsaturated, 1.9 g
polyunsaturated), 1 mg cholesterol, 45.7 g carbohydrate, 3.7 g protein,
3.7 g fibre

Originally published in ParentsCanada, May/June 2012

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