You’re definitely not the only one to wonder, can you freeze banana bread batter?
There’s no greater treat than a moist, soft, and delicious slice of banana bread.
And in truth, if you could, you’d probably eat banana bread on a daily basis (why not?)
However, I definitely know that feeling of wanting banana bread but not being in the mood for prep and cooking.
So, every once in a while, I’m tempted to make a banana bread batter and then freeze it for later use.
But does this affect the outcome of banana bread?
Let’s find out.
It is possible to freeze banana bread batter. You can either make your batter, pour it into a freezer-friendly pan, or place it into freezer bags for later use. Banana bread batter will typically last for up to 4 months in the freezer. However, be wary that batter will take much longer to defrost than cooked banana bread, so allow plenty of thawing time before baking.
1. How to Freeze Banana Bread Batter With a Pan?
There is absolutely no problem with freezing banana bread batter.
The batter will generally last for up to 4 months and still make perfect banana bread.
With that being said, when it comes to defrosting your batter, it will take longer than a cooked slice or loaf of banana bread.
So, just ensure that you allow sufficient thawing time before attempting to bake your loaf.
One of the easiest ways to freeze banana bread batter is to initially make your mixture and then pour it into a baking tin.
Obviously, you must ensure that the tin is freezer-friendly.
Once completed, wrap the entire tin in foil before putting it into a freezer bag.
Then when you’re ready to cook, remove it from the freezer and allow it a good few hours to thaw.
2. How to Freeze Banana Bread Batter Without a Pan?
Placing your banana bread batter into a tin is a very easy way to be “baking-ready.”
However, you can also simply freeze your banana bread batter in a freezer bag.
This will mean that once your mixture is defrosted that you’ll then need to pour it into a buttered/oiled baking pan prior to cooking.
You should ensure that you squeeze all the air out of the freezer bag first.
Then place the batter in the first freezer bag into another freezer bag, which will help to prevent freezer burn.
Once again, you’ll need slightly longer to defrost the batter than already-made banana bread.
Something else you should be aware of, regardless of how you choose to freeze your batter, is that it will generally require a longer cooking time.
So, whereas banana bread cooked immediately with fresh ingredients will typically take 60-65 minutes to bake, you may require up to 2 hours with a defrosted batter.
Basically, keep a close eye on your banana bread and test to see if it’s properly cooked with a toothpick.
3. What About Refrigerating Banana Bread Batter?
You can also refrigerate the banana bread batter if you wish.
You may have heard that your banana bread won’t rise properly if the batter sits for too long.
However, this definitely isn’t the case, and a leavening agent, such as baking soda, will be absolutely fine.
With that being said, I would recommend that you only refrigerate banana bread batter for up to three days, and four days as an absolute maximum.
You’ve Been Making Banana Bread Wrong This Whole Time
So, as you can see, it’s absolutely fine to freeze banana bread batter.
Your batter will last in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Plus, you can simply store the batter in a freezer bag, or you can pour it into a freezer-friendly tin.
Just be aware that batter will take slightly longer than cooked banana bread to thaw.
You’ll also find that it generally requires a longer baking time too.
And don’t forget, before your freeze it, make sure the banana bread batter is not too thick.