Banana bread is a type of bread that is made with mashed fully ripe bananas
. It is often a moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread; however, there are some banana bread recipes that are traditional-style yeast
breads. It is normally eaten sliced
, toasted with a liberal spreading of butter
Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda
and baking powder
in the 1930s, appeared in Pillsbury's 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook, and later gained more acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana's Recipe Book in 1950.
National Banana Bread day is the 23rd of February. Bananas appeared in the US in the 1870s and it took a while for them to appear as ingredient items for desserts. The actual Banana Bread recipe began being published in cookbooks around the great depression as resourceful housewives did not wish to throw away overripe bananas.