Ginger banana bread is a great way to use overripe bananas during the holidays. Makes a gingerbread loaf extra moist with a killer flavor.
You’ve gotta’ be curious when hearing about our ginger banana bread huh? I will tell you that it is out of this world delicious and something you need to make during Christmas time. Ok I make this year round y’all. (affiliate links present)
Gingerbread Banana Bread
We make our 4 ingredient banana bread all the time BUT when I am in the mood for homemade, I make this. You can make this into gingerbread muffins too if you’d rather. You’d just need to adjust the timing to about 20 minutes or until they spring back when touched gently in the center. Those are great grab and go breakfast treats too.
If you have brown nanners on your counter, please do NOT throw them away. There are tons of overripe banana recipes to choose from like this one. Such a waste if they go into the trash can.
When October or November rolls around there are two classic flavors that come to mind, pumpkin and gingerbread. I want ALL the things at this time. Maybe you’re the same. 😉
As with any other type of baking you will want to use two larger bowls. One to incorporate the dry ingredients and another to whisk together the wet ones. I would mash the bananas inside one first and then add the eggs and others, it’s easier that way.
You don’t want the batter to be completely smooth. I like small chunks of fruit in it for texture and moisture so keep that in mind. I would not use a stand or hand mixer when you combine the two, just use elbow grease.
As for how to make a prepared pan you just want to use some non stick spray inside your loaf pans. Some like to sprinkle some flour in after that and pat it around so it slides out really easily.
When you have your ripe bananas then just ready for some YUM. Here are quick step by steps but there is a complete detailed explanation in the recipe card below too.
Time needed: 40 minutes.
Ginger Banana Bread
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and oil, then brown sugar and vanilla.
Mash 2 bananas and whisk into batter. Whisk in spices. In another bowl mix dry ingredients together.
Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Pour in batter, distributed evenly. Slice bananas lengthwise as thin as possible. Place bananas on top of batter in loaf pan. You can do this to one or both loaves.
Then bake for 40-45 minutes baking time or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool baked goods on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Gently slide a knife around the bread, remove loaf, and place on wire rack until cooled completely.
You can slice and serve as is or sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top. Finely diced crystallized ginger is a nice touch on top or inside the batter too if you like that flavor.
To get ready to make this banana bread recipe you will need to get out the following ingredients. Some prefer to substitute greek yogurt or sour cream for oil. I have not done this for this loaf as of yet so I don’t know how well that would work out.
- A few browned bananas
- All purpose flour
- Ginger, Cinnamon, Ground cloves, and Cardamom make up the classic gingerbread spice you would expect
- Brown sugar
- Eggs and vanilla
Slicing a whole one and putting it on the top is not a must but it sure does make it pretty doesn’t it?? You can do it for one, both or neither. That is up to you and how many you have on hand really.
Some like it with a little softened butter on top of their slice but I prefer mine as is. You could easily add crushed nuts, walnuts would be best if you wished too. I do not like crunchy in my soft foods myself. Call me odd but it just is what it is and I just can’t get passed it.
Instead I just prefer to serve this for breakfast or a fun snack with a cup of dalgona coffee. If you haven’t tried that duo you really should. It’s different than regular brewed and looks “fancy” but is quite easy to make really. We have made other holiday favorites too you should try like:
- Cake mix crinkle cookies can be made in red and green or any other colors.
- Our Starbucks gingerbread loaf is a great treat too with cream cheese frosting and orange zest on top.
SO next time your fruit is too ripe for you to enjoy think of what you could bake to make everyone in your home say MMmmmm. This is on top of our list for sure as far as YUM goes. Give it a whirl yourself.
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Ginger Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium size bowl, whisk together eggs and oil, then brown sugar and vanilla.
- Mash 2 bananas and whisk into batter. Whisk in spices. In another bowl mix dry ingredients together. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Pour in batter, distributed evenly.
- Slice bananas lengthwise as thin as possible. Place bananas on top of batter in loaf pan. You can do this to one or both loaves.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Gently slide a knife around the bread, remove loaf, and place on wire rack until cooled enough to cut.