Super Moist Banana Bread

We are big banana fans around here. The hubs and I have that in common. Banana pudding? Bring it. Banana pudding ice cream? Oh my, yes! Banana cream cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory? I will cut you if you take a bite of my slice. The list goes on. If it’s banana flavored, we want it.

Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

And the one thing the hubs has been requesting for a bit now is banana bread. And well, I’m a bit picky about my banana. I like a full on banana flavor – don’t skimp on me. That’s what those delicious treats I named before all have in common. LOTS of banana flavor in every bite. Sometimes with baked banana goods I feel like the rotten bananas alone don’t give the full flavor that we tend to gravitate towards. So there’s a special ingredient in this banana bread to help make up for that.

Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

Before I reveal what it is, I will tell you that this is actually my second version. The first one was straight up. What does “straight up” mean? Well, it means it didn’t have my secret ingredient. It was straight forward, from scratch ingredients. This one is still from scratch, but it has the ever-wonderful pudding mix in it. Pudding mix is the secret, but not really that secret, ingredient for super moist baked goods. So how does that make it more banana-y? I will tell you.

Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

The original recipe is from Averie Cooks and calls for vanilla pudding mix and yogurt. I didn’t have any plain yogurt so I used buttermilk. They can easily be substituted for one another, but the buttermilk seems to have given my banana bread more rise. I also opted for banana pudding flavored pudding mix given our obsession (I’ll just call it what it is) with banana pudding flavored things. Just like with my banana pudding (in which I use banana pudding and not vanilla pudding – seriously, why wouldn’t you??), I prefer going for all the banana I can get. The other little change I made was using a little more brown sugar.

Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

Then I had the hubs test it against the first version. He liked this one better for two reasons. 1. The pudding mix adds some seriously noticeable moisture. 2. He loved the strong banana flavor. Me too. However, if you are not into the idea of using banana pudding flavored pudding mix, you can use vanilla, like the original recipe calls for. No matter which you use though, you should use it. Moisture city!

And then I covered it in a banana flavored glaze. We can’t get enough banana! :)

Super Moist Banana Bread

Yield: one 9x5 loaf

Ingredients

Banana Bread
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 large or 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)
1 3.4-ounce box banana pudding instant pudding mix (or vanilla pudding mix, if you prefer
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda


Banana Glaze
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp imitation banana extract (You could just go with vanilla, if you prefer)

Instructions

Banana Bread
1. Add sugars, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk to the melted butter and combine.
2. Add the bananas and mix well.
3. Add the dry pudding mix and mix well.
4. Add the flour and baking soda and stir until just combined. Do not overmix or the bread will be tough.
5. Pour batter into greased 9x5 loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 58 minutes, or until a toothpick will come out clean with a few crumbs.
6. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20 minutes, then finish cooling on cooling rack.


Banana Glaze
Whisk together the milk, extract and powdered sugar and drizzle over the top of the banana bread.
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Enjoy!

Recipe modified from Averie Cooks

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Comments

  1. So glad both you and your hubs like my recipe! Thanks for trying it and I’ve made it before with banana pudding mix as well and it’s great. And no matter how I try to skip the pudding mix, use buttermilk, greek yogurt, more bananas, etc…nothing gets it as soft and light as the pudding mix!

  2. Nothing beats super moist banana bread :D And that drizzle? I wish I could grab it through my screen!

  3. Wow. This bread looks perfect! I need to try this soon!

  4. Michelle Hawco says:

    this sounds like the perfect recipe for banana bread….i am definately going to try it.. no doubt that it will turn out just as everyone says….i do have a comment.. a little hint, if you will,. quite some time ago i came across this hint about bananas… theres really no need to wait till your bananas turn black to use them up for banana bread..you only need to take your ripe bananas( yellow and showing no green) and place them on a cookie tray and into the oven just as you set it to preheat while you continue to get your ingredients together …the peel of the bananas will start to turn black and release the natural sugarsand all that yummy banana flavor that we all love. …ofcourse when you are ready to place the banana in your recipe be careful.. they tend to be a little hot. (if you can wait 5 mins. maybe till they cool off).. so there you have it….:) bananas in my house tend to go very quickly. so i found this hint to be very helpful because now i can buy bananas and not have to wait for them to turn black.

  5. Robin L Smith says:

    Oh my, this looks absolutely lovely and yummy! I can’t wait to try this over the weekend.. and it has peeked me for my church bazaar menu

  6. Looks great, but how do you ladies bake this stuff all the time and stay so thin??

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Oh gosh, I would say that I don’t stay thin. I definitely have to be careful and workout. Otherwise I do gain weight. Way too easily.

  7. Oh good, there are women out there who can control themselves…I sure wished I could.
    Keep up the great blog, its so much fun to look at.

  8. jaemie louise robarios says:

    I am a HUGE fan of banana bread! You totally had me at “super moist”! And oh God! That banana glaze! I can’t wait to make this! This is totally a must try! And by the looks of it, this might just be a staple recipe for me. :) thanks again for sharing yet another awesome recipe with us. God bless.

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