Tahini Banana Bread



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This super easy, one-bowl banana bread gets an earthy upgrade from our super easy homemade tahini (in the batter) and sesame seeds (sprinkled on top). Tuck into a thick slice smeared with butter, or cut up cubes to sprinkle over ice cream or yogurt for a delightful treat.

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8 – 10 serving(s)

Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins


  • 4 tbsp.

    unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan

  • 1/4 c.

    granulated sugar

  • 1/4 c.


  • 1/4 c.

    Homemade Tahini

  • 2

    large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 c.

    mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium), plus 1 whole banana halved lengthwise

  • 1 tsp.

    baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 c.

    all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp.

    sesame seeds


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 282 calories, 11 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 56 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 19.5 g sugar (13.5 g added sugar), 6 g protein

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Joy (she/her) is the Assistant Food Editor on the food team, where she develops and tests recipes to ensure both deliciousness and accuracy before they appear in titles like Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Prevention, and Country Living. After graduating from UChicago with a major in political science, she made the (best) decision to pursue her passion for food by enrolling in pastry school and working at her dream NYC restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. Before joining the GH team, Joy assisted on cookbook and editorial shoots, ran an Instagram micro bakery, and worked as a freelance writer and developer with bylines appearing in Eater, Food52, Simply Recipes, Food Network, and more. Joy has a special place in her heart for croissants and tiramisu, and is always on the hunt for the next cafe to explore in the city (a journey that never ends!).


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