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Banana Raisin Bread Recipe

"Toasted slices of this moist banana bread are wonderful for breakfast," reports Jackie Kew of Grand Island, New York. "For a special treat, I sometimes substitute chocolate chips for half or all of the raisins," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-4 hours YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water (70° to 80°)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In bread machine pan, place the first nine ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). Just before the final kneading (your machine may audibly signal this), add raisins and walnuts. Yield: 1 loaf (2 pounds).
Editor's Note: We recommend you do not use a bread machine's time-delay feature for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 140 calories, 3g fat (0g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .

Reviews for Banana Raisin Bread

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"This bread was pretty good. The flavor reminded me of a fragel. A cinnamon and raisin bagel they used to sell at the bagel shops. Except they deep fried those. This is a lot healthier. I accidentally used the whole egg and forgot the vegetable oil and the bread still was good. Only change I intentially made was soaking the raisins for about 10 minutes in hot tap water to plump them up a bit. I will make this again. ty"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"We love this bread, have made it lots of times and it's perfect toasted for Sunday breakfast. We chop up and freeze ripe bananas so that we always have some to use. I also put a bit more banana in than the recipe states - 3 little ones or 2 big ones."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"Excellent! Simple, moist, dense and just sweet enough. I was hesitant to make a yeast banana bread but I was pleasantly surprised. I will be making this on a regular basis! (I think French toast will be delicious with this bread, too!)"

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

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Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I can hardly believe there is no sugar in this, There is the honey of course but so small amount. I used raw honey. Great bread recipe!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"This turns out great not using the bread machine too. Nice change from quick banana bread."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"I was super pleased with this recipe. Most bread machine recipes I've tried are too heavy or too dry, but this loaf was just right. Nice texture and excellent flavor with the hint of cinnamon."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Absolutely would recommend. I've made this several times for myself and others and everyone LOVES it. Plus-factor, pretty healthy too since no sugar or milk."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009

"This bread is so much moister than the recipe that came with my bread machine. Will definitely make it again. Hubby can't eat nuts so had to elimanate them."

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