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Yeasted Banana Bread

This Yeasted Banana Bread is a creative way to use up overripe bananas! It’s a moist, hearty, and slightly sweet bread that’s perfect for any time of the day.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Proofing Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 132 kcal


  • Stand Mixer with dough attachment
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula
  • Large bowl
  • 8.5x4.5 Loaf pan


  • 1/2 Cup Warm water 100° F.
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons Active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp Turbinado sugar
  • 2 Small Bananas overripe & mashed about ¾ cup
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ Cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¼ Cups Unbleached all purpose flour


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the water, yeast and sugar. Let it activate for 5 minutes and start to bubble. Add in the bananas, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and mix well.
  • Measure in the flour and mix lightly. With the dough attachment knead on medium speed for 7 minutes or until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
  • Spray a large bowl with non-stick baking spray and move the dough to the bowl. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Before the dough is done rising grease a 8.5x4.5 loaf pan.
  • Once doubled, punch down the dough and pat it into a rectangle on the counter top, then roll it up into a log.
  • Place seam side down in the prepared pan, cover, and let rise for 45 minutes or risen an inch above the pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. while the bread rises.
  • When it's risen, bake for 25-30 minutes or until it's golden brown and sounds hollow if you tap it.
  • Let it cool for 5-10 minutes and then move it out of the pan to a cooling rack and let it cool before slicing.


  • Make sure to heat your water temperature to at least 100 degrees F, if not a few degrees hotter. If the water is too cold, the yeast may not activate or rise properly later on.
  • If you're kneading the dough by hand, it will take closer to 10 minutes of kneading to get the proper texture.
  • Check the bread at 25 minutes by tapping the top lightly to see if it sounds hollow, and look for the top to be golden too. It may need a few more minutes, depending on your oven temperature.
  • Store the bread wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 4 days. Keeping the bread in a bread box is another great way of keeping it fresh.
  • For freezing the bread, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in two ziploc freezer bags. Place it in the freezer and keep it for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature when you're ready to use it.
Keyword Healthy Banana Bread, Whole Wheat Bread, Yeast Bread, Yeasted Banana Bread