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Banana Bread without Baking Soda

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If you’ve run out of baking soda you can still make a delicious Banana Bread Recipe without Baking Soda! It turns out light and fluffy and is perfect slathered with butter!

 

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Warm banana bread straight out of the oven is the best way to use up overripe bananas.

I always feel a little giddy when my kids won’t eat those brown spotted bananas. Sometimes I even hide them until they turn that way so I can make banana bread!

But what about when you’ve run out of baking soda? Well you’re in luck because I’ve got an easy banana bread recipe without baking soda.

I love that this banana bread without baking soda recipe only takes a handful of simple ingredients! I am not running to the store remember!

And this banana bread recipe is actually made without baking soda or baking powder! Because sometimes you just don’t have them you know!

I also love that banana bread without baking soda doesn’t require any rise time. It’s a quick bread that can be on the table in no time!

You’ll love making this best banana bread recipe without baking soda!

 

butter, sugar and mashed bananas in a bowl

 

Can You Make Banana Bread Without Baking Soda?

Absolutely! Baking soda is a leavening agent. It usually reacts with something else in the bread to help the bread to rise.

That’s why flat breads don’t call for baking soda, because they don’t need to rise.

Unfortunately, sometimes you run out of baking soda.

And in other cases, you just don’t like the taste! Baking soda can be a very strong flavor for people who are sensitive to it.

So it can be useful to have a simple banana bread recipe without baking soda on hand.

I’ve made delicious Banana Bread Recipes or Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread before but I’m very excited to finally have a banana bread without baking soda recipe up on the website!

 

bananas sugar and butter blended together in a bowl with eggs added on top

 

Ingredients for Banana Bread Without Baking Soda

Grab a large mixing bowl and these main ingredients to make this easy recipe!

  • Butter: I prefer to do my baking with salted butter and find it produces an excellent flavor.
  • Sugar: White sugar works best with the other flavors. I haven’t tried brown sugar or other sugar substitutes.
  • Mashed Ripe Bananas: Mash bananas with brown spots. They have the most sugar content.
  • Eggs: The eggs will help hold the bread together and offer some rise as well.
  • Salt: Just a little bit of salt with flavor the whole banana bread.
  • Self Rising Flour: Self rising flour is the ultimate win when working without baking soda.

Pro Tip:

  • Make this recipe your own by adding chocolate chips or chopped nuts!

 

self rising flour added to banana bread mixture

 

How to Make Banana Bread Without Baking Soda

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in your large bowl. Here’s how to get perfect banana bread!

  1. Cream: Cream butter, sugar, and bananas. I like to use an electric mixer for this.
  2. Add: Mix in the eggs and salt, followed by the flour.
  3. Bake: Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake banana bread until your toothpick comes out out of the center of the loaf clean!

Pro Tips:

  • You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure everything incorporates well.
  • Use cooking spray on the bread pan to help you get the banana bread out when it’s done.
  • Add the flour slowly to keep it from spraying out all over your counter.
  • Foil the top of the loaf for the last half of the bake time to keep it from burning.
  • If making banana muffins, cut the bake time down so they don’t burn!

 

banana bread batter poured into a bread pan

 

Is Baking Soda in Self Rising Flour?

No, there is no baking soda in self rising flour. That would defeat the purpose of making a banana bread recipe without baking soda!

Self rising flour is different from all-purpose flour because it actually has baking powder in it.

Baking powder does not require another agent to help it rise like baking soda does. So it is easier to toss into recipes.

But you won’t need baking powder in this recipe since the self rising flour already has baking powder in it.

If you don’t have self rising flour you can also make your own!

For every cup of self rising flour, add 1 ½ tsp of baking powder and ¼ tsp of salt.

 

banana bread fresh out of the oven, still in pan

 

How Long Does Banana Bread Last?

Banana bread is a moist bread so it can go bad fairly quickly on your counter. Be sure to keep it covered in an airtight container or bag to help prolong its shelf life.

You can expect the banana bread to last up to 3 days on the counter. If you keep it in the fridge, banana bread will stay good for up to 5 days.

 

zoomed in image of banana bread out of pan on cutting board

 

Is Banana Bread Healthy?

I love sneaking in extra fruits or vegetables into my bread recipes! It’s a good way to use them up, get the kids to eat them, and they’re just so good!

This loaf of banana bread does call for a fair amount of sugar though so it is probably more a dessert bread.

 

zoomed out image of 3 slices of bread next to loaf on cutting board

 

Can Dogs Eat Banana Bread?

In moderation, dogs can eat bananas. They are good for them as they’re loaded with fiber, potassium, and vitamins.

However, banana bread contains added sugars and flour which can be hard on a dog’s digestive tract.

So for best results, save the plain bananas for the dogs in your life as they’ll be better for them.

 

top view looking down of 3 slices of bread freshly cut on board

 

Is Banana Bread a Quick Bread?

Yes! This moist banana bread recipe is a quick bread.Quick breads are breads that don’t require kneading or rising.

Often, when making a regular bread loaf, you will find the bread needs to rise for an hour or even much longer before ever going in the oven.

They often also require a certain amount of kneading to get the bread to the right consistency.

Some of our favorite quick breads are: Green Tomato Bread, Green Pistachio Bread, or Oatmeal Pecan Banana Bread.

 

top side view of three fresh cut slices of bread next to loaf

 

Can You Freeze Banana Bread?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this popular banana bread recipe!

Banana bread freezes beautifully and makes an excellent pull out of the freezer snack for company or after school snack time.

To freeze, first allow the banana bread to cool completely to room temperature.

This will prevent any condensation. Then wrap the banana bread in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe bag.

The banana bread will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

two slices of bread on a plate

 

More Bread Recipes You’ll Love…

Enjoy this delicious Banana Bread Recipe without Baking Soda! It’s quick, yummy, easy, and the perfect bread to slice up and devour!

 

Yield: 1 Loaf of Banana Bread

Banana Bread without Baking Soda

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If you’ve run out of baking soda you can still make a delicious Banana Bread Recipe without Baking Soda! It turns out light and fluffy and is perfect slathered with butter!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 cups self rising flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325*F
  2. Grease one 9 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  3. Cream butter, sugar & bananas together well.
  4. Add eggs and salt and mix, scraping sides as needed.
  5. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, scraping sides as needed.
  6. Pour batter into a loaf pan and bake for 35 minutes.
  7. Add foil to top of loaf and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  8. Slice up, slather with butter and devour!

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