We're not kidding when we say the peanut butter–glazed banana bread pictured here is one of the tastier treats to come out of our kitchen. And despite the rich flavor, our recipes don't use a cup of oil or butter, as many others do; we use less than half that without sacrificing the moist texture that makes banana bread a treat. Baking consistently good loaves—especially lightened versions—does require some attention. Follow our steps for perfect results. Banana bread freezes well, but for a glazed version, slather on the gooey goodness after you've thawed the loaf.
Weighing flour is the most accurate way to measure. If you don't have a scale, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Then add the remaining dry ingredients; stir into the sugar mixture.