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One-Banana Bread without Baking Soda

Banana bread slices stacked on top of eachother on a cutting board.

What is not to love about one-banana bread?

This bread is one of the most simple quick breads to bake. It became popular during the great depression when it was more than important to conserve as much as possible, using what you had at home, even if it was over ripe bananas. This recipe is just that, using what you have on hand

A loaf of banana bread sliced on a cutting board.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Loaf Pan
  • Cooling Rack
  • Spatula
Two plates with a slice of banana bread on them.

How to make this banana bread recipe with 1 banana

For this recipe you will want to grab two bowls. One for wet ingredients and one for dry. After you combine all the wet ingredients and all the dry ingredients separately, you will mix the two together. This is key to preventing over-mixing of the batter.

Mix the dry ingredients. In one bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Mix the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mash one large banana. Add the applesauce, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.

Combine wet and dry ingredients. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Only mix until combined, you do not want to over mix.

Bake the banana bread. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. To check if the bread is done, insert a toothpick into the center and remove. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. If not continue to bake a few more minutes. The center should rise and split slightly when it is fully baked.

Close up of bread slices stacked on each other with a banana in the background.

FAQs and tips on making this one banana bread recipe

What if I don’t have enough bananas for banana bread?

You can make banana bread still, you just need to substitute for the moisture. In this recipe I used applesauce as an alternative. Another great option would be yogurt!

Can you use too much banana in banana bread?

Yes, if you use too many bananas it will bring the moisture content up and make it harder for the bread to fully bake in the center. It is definitely not something you will have to worry about with this recipe.

Why is my banana bread gummy?

If your banana bread turns out this way, you have likely over mixed the flour which develops the gluten and results in a poor texture for the bread. Don’t over mix!

Why is my banana bread crumbly?

If your banana bread turns out to be too crumbly it is because there was not enough moisture for the amount of flour or dry ingredients used.

Bread slices on two plates with a banana off to the side.

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Bread sliced on a cutting board.

One Banana Banana Bread without Baking Soda

With only one banana, you can make a whole loaf of one-banana banana bread. This perfectly moist, quick bread recipe is an American classic that is sure to satisfy your craving. 

  • Author: Theresa
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55. minutes
  • Total Time: 49 minute
  • Yield: 12 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 banana

  • ¾ cup applesauce

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 stick butter, melted

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cup flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Mash banana in a mixing bowl. 
  3. Add applesauce, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk remaining ingredients. 
  6. Gently mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until combined. 
  7. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan. 
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool/set for 10 minutes. 


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 19.5 g
  • Sodium: 112.7 mg
  • Fat: 8.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 51.2 mg

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