Banana Yeast Bread


Also great for toasting!  Try with a bit of honey or a smear of cream cheese.





2 loaves

Prep Time

35 minutes

Rise Time

40 to 45 minutes

Bake Time

25 to 30 minutes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water


Combine whole wheat flour, 1 cup of bread flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, salt, egg whites and bananas in a large bowl. 

Heat milk and butter until very warm (120º to 130ºF), butter will not melt completely; add to banana mixture.

Beat on low speed until combined.  Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Stir in enough remaining bread flour to make soft dough. 

Knead on a lightly floured surface for 4 to 6 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.  Cover and let rest 10 minutes. 

Divide dough in half and shape each half into an oval loaf, about 9 inches long.  Place on a greased baking sheet; cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes. Using a very sharp knife or razor blade, slash 2 to 3 cuts about 1/4-inch deep in the top of each loaf. 

Beat remaining egg with water; brush over loaves.  Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.