Easter Banana Bread - made with ripe bananas and chunks of Easter candy, this is one Easter Bread Recipe you're going to want to make all year long. Once you taste this recipe, you're going to buy bananas and hope they quickly turn brown so you can bake this recipe. Let me share with you a sinfully, chocolate recipe you are going to love.
There's nothing more comforting than a slice of banana bread warm from the oven. I'm not really sure I know of anyone that doesn't like this very popular quick bread recipe.
Another quick bread that's easy to make is cinnamon roll bread. It really does taste like you baked homemade cinnamon rolls.
For years I've made it following a very basic recipe. Then I posted my recipe for Banana Nut Bread which has maple syrup in the batter and that was my go-to recipe for quite awhile.
However, with the Easter holiday coming up I decided to make an Easter Banana Bread that uses leftover chocolate bunnies and candy. It's so good you could also call this another Easter Dessert!
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- Loaf pan - I used a traditional 9x5 size loaf pan for this recipe, but how fun would it be to make this recipe in Mini Loaf Pans and give as gifts for Easter? You could even print out a few of my Easter Gift Tags for the gifts.
- Rubber spatula - I like to use a heavy one that really helps scrap the bowl clean.
- Parchment Baking Sheets - Check out my Quick Tip below to see how I'm using these baking sheets to easily line the loaf pan. Makes it so easy to remove the baked Easy Cinnamon Roll Bread out of the pan without sticking.
- Digital Meat Thermometer - Checking the internal temperature of baked goods help to really know the center is completely baked when it reaches an internal temperature of 190 to 210 degrees.
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- Baking soda
- White sugar
- Sour cream
- Vanilla extract
- Mashed bananas
- Leftover Easter candy - for this recipe I used two small chocolate bunnies and half a bag of chocolate M&M candy pieces. If you don't have chocolate bunnies on hand, substitute 1 ½ cups of chocolate morsels divided for the batter and chocolate drizzle.
Step 1: Combine the Dry Ingredients
Whisk the flour and baking soda together in a bowl and set aside. Roughly chop the chocolate bunny and set aside.
Next, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the butter with the sugar. Then add the 2 eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add the the vanilla extract and the sour cream.
Step 2: Add the Mashed Bananas
Add the mashed bananas and allow the mixer to blend everything together before you begin adding the dry ingredients.
Finally, gently fold in the chopped chocolate bunny pieces.
Quick Tip: When baking quick breads using a loaf pan, line the pan with Parchment Baking Sheets. It does require a little cutting, but it's worth this extra step in the end when you can easily lift the baked bread out of the pan without it sticking.
Step 3: Baking Instructions
Line the bottom and sides of a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. I like to spray the bottom and sides as well. Add the banana bread mixture to the loaf pan.
Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 190° to 210°.
Quick Tip: Did you know that quick breads and muffins are completely baked when the internal temperature reaches 190 to 210 degrees?
Step 4: How to Melt Chocolate
In a microwave safe bowl, add the other chocolate Easter bunny that's been roughly chopped. You could also use about one cup of chocolate morsels. Once the chocolate is melted, use a spoon and drizzle it over the cooled banana bread.
Step 5: Add the Easter Candy
Roughly chop the chocolate candy eggs and add them to the top of the banana bread with the melted chocolate. You're going to want to move fast so they adhere to the melted chocolate.
This really is an impressive Easter Banana Bread recipe, right?
Step 6: Serving Tips
Slice and serve! Banana bread tastes best warm. You could also reheat the slices in the microwave over the next few days.
How to Store Banana Bread
- Once the Easter Banana Bread has cooled, you can store it by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container.
- It can be stored at room temperature for a few days, but should be refrigerator after two days; this all depends on if you have any left after two days.
- You can also freeze the bread for up to three months.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED RECIPE QUESTIONS
There are a few ways you can keep banana bread moist. I like to wrap the bread in a sheet of parchment paper and then place in an air-tight container. You can also use waxed paper or sometimes a paper towel.
You can place the bananas in a brown paper bag on the kitchen counter at room temperature for a day and they will ripen in a day.
Ready for more great recipes? Try these other Easter Bread Recipes:
- Italian Easter Bread – A Family Tradition – this is the recipe I’ve made for years.
- Easter Bread Recipes – a great collection of different recipes for all the different cultures.
- Individual Italian Easter Bread Rings – if the though of baking with yeast scares you, try this non-traditional recipe that uses frozen bread dough. It also helps speed up the process too.
- Bread Machine Easter Bread – think working with yeast dough is too intimidating? Try my new recipe that uses dough prepared in a bread machine! How easy is that?
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup softened butter
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- Leftover Easter candy - 2 small chocolate Easter bunnies and ½ cup Easter candy eggs OR 1 ½ cups chocolate morsels; divided
- Whisk the flour and baking soda together in a bowl and set aside. Roughly chop the chocolate bunny and set aside.
- Next, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the butter with the sugar.
- Then add the 2 eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
- Add the vanilla extract and the sour cream.
- Add the mashed bananas and allow the mixer to blend everything together before you begin adding the dry ingredients.
- Finally, gently fold in the chopped chocolate from one of the Easter bunnies; about ¾ cup of chopped chocolate.
- Line the bottom and sides of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. I like to spray the bottom and sides as well. Add the banana bread mixture to the loaf pan.
- Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 190 - 210 degrees.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add the other chocolate Easter bunny that’s been roughly chopped; about ¾ cups of chocolate. You could also use chocolate morsels. Once the chocolate is melted, use a spoon and drizzle it over the cooled banana bread.
- Roughly chop about 1 cup of chocolate candy eggs and add them to the top of the banana bread with the melted chocolate. You’re going to want to move fast so they adhere to the melted chocolate.
- Substitute chocolate morsels for the two chocolate bunnies.
- You'll need ¾ cups of chocolate morsels for the banana cake batter and another ¾ cups of morsels for the chocolate drizzle.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g
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