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Carrot Banana Bread

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Makes

1 loaf (16 pieces)

I received this from my mother-in-law, and it's become my favorite banana carrot bread recipe. The carrots add a special touch. —Beulah Starkweather, Englewood, Florida
Carrot Banana Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, bananas and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in carrots and pecans. Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55-65 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Banana Carrot Bread Tips

Should you grate your own carrots for Banana Carrot Bread?

Both freshly grated carrots and store-bought bagged shredded carrots yield good results. However, to achieve the sweetest flavor possible, we recommend grating your own carrots.?

Can you use overripe bananas to make Banana Carrot Bread?

Yes! It’s always ideal to use overripe bananas when making banana bread because brown, super-soft bananas are sweeter (the starches in the fruit convert to sugar during the ripening process). They also create the ideal texture in your baked goods. As long as the bananas aren’t moldy or rotten, they’re safe to use. As an added bonus, overripe bananas are much easier to mash. Try these ingenious hacks to ripen bananas quickly.?

How should you store Banana Carrot Bread?

You can store banana bread at room temperature for several days. It’s a great baked good to keep on hand for snacks and breakfast. If you can't eat the bread within a week, pop it in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic and stash in the freezer—it will keep for several months.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 195 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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