honey banana bread

Honey Banana Bread

Make delicious honey banana bread with just a few simple ingredients. We've all been there: starting the week with grand plans, shopping for our favorite ingredients, only to find ourselves with over-ripe bananas by Friday. Don't let them go to waste - try this easy banana bread recipe with honey!

overhead: honey banana bread with slices cut out

 

Honey Banana Bread

This recipe is delicious, simple, and so versatile. I find myself experimenting with it all the time. 

You can make a healthier version of banana honey bread by swapping out the butter with coconut oil...but really, this will always be a special treat! 

You can experiment with various flour types, but I always find that a blend of flours works best. Traditional pastry flour still plays a crucial role in my recipes as nothing truly substitutes it. With the addition of honey, this homemade honey banana bread is incredibly moist and packed with flavor.

Whether you serve it at brunch, as an afternoon snack, or a midnight indulgence, I'm sure you'll enjoy it just as much as I do.

Reasons You'll Love this Recipe

  • Honey is a wonderful natural sweetener.
  • Perfect to use up ripe bananas.
  • It's a simple recipe to follow.
  • Homemade treats are so much better than store-bought.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Honey - We have several varietals of Bee Inspired Honey to choose from. 

Unsalted Butter - I like using unsalted butter and then adding a pinch of salt to the batter. Alternatively you could use salted butter and skip the extra pinch.

Eggs - You'll need 2 eggs to make this banana bread with honey recipe.

Bananas - Very ripe bananas are best! The texture and intense flavor add so much to the final results.

Greek yogurt - Another reason why this bread is so moist! It also brings a touch of tang to the mix.

Ground cinnamon and vanilla extract - Both are warm and earthy and complement the bananas perfectly.

All-purpose flour - Again, remember that you can play around with the flour that you use.

Baking soda and powder - You need both, and both will help the bread to rise as it bakes.

Dark chocolate chips and chopped pecans - These ingredients are optional, but I definitely recommend that you use them. Who doesn't like chocolate, right?

banana honey bread ingredients

Making Honey Banana Bread

First: Recipe Prep

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil, cooking oil, or butter and set aside.

Second: Combine All Ingredients

The nice thing about making honey banana bread is that you don’t have to follow a certain order with the ingredients. Simply combine all ingredients and mix well. This alone makes me want to make more fruit bread!

Once the batter is combined, distribute the muffin batter evenly in prepared muffin tins.

Third: Pour Batter into a Bread Tin

If you want to decorate the top, try using sliced bananas on top.

Fourth: Bake the Bread

Place the bread tin in the oven and bake for 1 hour, checking in on the bread every 20 minutes to make sure it's not over-browning.

banana bread with the center visible

Adapting Our Banana Honey Bread

Feeling adventurous? Play around with the ingredients in your banana bread there's lots of room to play with a simple recipe like this! Here are some of our favorite tricks:

  • Change up the nuts in the mix (walnuts and pecans work well).
  • Drizzle with Cashew Cream Icing when the bread is cool.
  • You can turn this recipe into banana muffins if you are looking for smaller portions that are easy to freeze.

Note: Take care not to overcook the banana bread as it may become overly browned and dry. Honey caramelizes faster than refined sugar, so keep a close watch on your oven when baking with it. If your oven runs hot, lower the temperature or adjust the baking time accordingly.

FAQs

How Can I Keep My Banana Bread Recipe with Honey From Sinking in the Middle?

To prevent your banana honey bread from sinking in the middle, ensure that you:

  • Use the correct leavening agents (baking powder and baking soda) and check their expiration dates.
  • Avoid opening the oven door during baking, as the sudden change in temperature can cause the bread to sink.
  • Do not overmix the batter, as it can create too much air, leading to sinking.
  • Bake the bread in the center of the oven, allowing for even heat distribution.

How Long Does This Honey Banana Bread Recipe Stay Fresh?

This banana bread recipe with honey typically stays fresh for about 3-4 days when stored properly. To maximize its freshness, wrap the cooled bread tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. You can also store it in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life.

If you'd like to enjoy it for longer, you can freeze the bread. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer bag. Frozen honey banana bread can last for up to 2-3 months.

Can I Make Honey Banana Bread Muffins Instead?

Yes, you can definitely use honey banana bread recipe to make muffins! Simply fill a greased or lined muffin pan with the batter, filling each tin about 2/3 full. Adjust the baking time accordingly, as muffins will bake faster than a whole loaf.

Start checking for doneness around 12-15 minutes, inserting a toothpick into the center to make sure it comes out clean. Remember that the baking time may vary, so keep an eye on them and adjust as needed.

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Honey banana bread is a delightful treat that satisfies your sweet tooth. Using honey instead of sugar adds a unique and delicious flavor. Our tried and tested recipe guarantees the best results. Give it a try and experience the deliciousness for yourself. If you bake up our banana bread with honey recipe, share a photo with us on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!


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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learning about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more. Read more about Kara