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Banana bread

Banana bread
Pale banana bread loaf made with unripe bananas and molasses
Type Sweet bread
Main ingredients Bananas
Variations Banana raisin bread, banana nut bread, chocolate chip banana bread
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Banana bread is a type of bread that is made with mashed fully ripe bananas.[1] It is often a moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread; however, there are some banana bread recipes that are traditional-style yeast breads.


Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s. It appeared in Pillsbury's 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook,[2] and later gained more acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana's Recipe Book in 1950.[3]

National Banana Bread day is the 23rd of February.[4] Bananas appeared in the US in the 1870s and it took a while for them to appear as ingredient items for desserts.[citation needed] The modern Banana Bread recipe began being published in cookbooks around the 1930s and its popularity was greatly helped by the introduction of baking powder on the market. Some food historians believe Banana Bread was a byproduct of the Great Depression as resourceful housewives did not wish to throw away overripe bananas (as they were still a costly item to purchase), others believe the modern Banana Bread was developed in corporate kitchens to promote flour and baking soda products.[5]


See also


  1. Barrowman, John. "Food Recipes-Banana Bread". BBC. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. Ames, Mary Ellis (1933). "1 - Breads". Balanced Recipes. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Pillsbury Flour Mills Company. p. 3. 
  3. "Original Chiquita Banana Bread". 
  5. "Banana Bread History and Variations". 

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