If you want your banana bread to be completely smooth throughout with no banana chunks, mash them in a separate bowl before introducing them to the mixture. If you are not using a food processor, using the back of a fork works well, or you can opt to use a whisk or a wooden spoon or a potato masher.
Be sure to use the exact amount of flour. If you use too much flour, your banana bread will be too stiff and too dry.
Whether you’re using a metal or a glass loaf pan, greasing your pan with oil, butter, or cooking spray will help your banana bread come out of the pan with ease.
Baking time will vary slightly based on how moist your bananas are and their sugar content. Check on your banana bread during cooking. The top and sides will be dark brown. Check it with a toothpick. Insert the toothpick into the middle to check if it comes out clean. If it is clean, or there are a few crumbs, it is ready to come out of the oven.
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