Banana Bread Recipe

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This easy banana bread recipe makes a moist loaf with TONS of banana flavor! You’re going to love this classic banana bread that’s perfect for all those over-ripe bananas!

Easy Homemade Banana Bread

Any recipe with bananas is pretty much a favorite in our house and banana bread is no exception. It’s the perfect snack, it’s great with coffee for breakfast and you could even call it dessert if you wanted.

As I was testing out this recipe, we had several loaves around the house. My parents came into town and we were ALL enjoying it. Not only are the hubs and I big banana fans – so is my dad. I thought there might be a throwdown over who got every last bite, but fortunately, I had made several loaves and there was plenty to go around.

Overhead view of a full loaf of Banana Bread on a cooling rack

And even though the twins don’t really eat baked goods much at this point, we did give them a few bites of this banana bread. They too love bananas and are always interested in whatever we are eating. So every morning they saw us with this banana bread, they waddled over with their little mouths wide open waiting for a bite. Such cuties!

This bread is so quick and easy to put together – it’s perfect for using up over-ripe bananas. Much like these Moist and Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies, this recipe is one you’ll come back to over and over for an easy banana recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s easy: Banana bread is one of those classic, simple recipes that everyone needs to have in their recipe box.
  • It’s moist: There’s nothing like a warm slice of moist banana bread to make you feel all cozy. This loaf will hit all those notes and more.
  • Tons of banana flavor: I love how this bread makes the flavor of ripe bananas shine! If you’re a banana lover then you’re going to love this recipe.
Slices of Banana Bread stacked on top of each other with the top slice broken in half

What You’ll Need

To make banana bread, you’ll need pretty straightforward ingredients. Here’s a quick overview with my notes. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • Bananas – Naturally the first thing you need is bananas. I wanted to be sure there’s plenty of banana flavor, so this bread uses a full 2 cups of mashed bananas – about 4 large bananas. I like to mash them up with a muddler or potato masher, but you could also simply use a fork.
  • Dry Ingredients – Next up are the dry ingredients. We are using regular all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and a little salt. Combine them all and set them aside. I like using both baking powder and soda because I think it gives the bread a better texture. It makes such a nice, soft bread that holds moisture so well!
  • Wet ingredients – Sour cream, eggs, and butter.
  • Brown Sugar – I like how the brown sugar adds a touch of caramel flavor.
  • Cinnamon & Vanilla – That little hint of cinnamon is just enough to compliment the banana flavor without taking over at all. The vanilla brings everything together.

Can I Turn This Recipe into Banana Nut Bread?

Yes! You can add up to 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, like walnuts or shelled pecans.

Can I Add Chocolate Chips?

If you want to add chocolate, check out my chocolate chip banana bread recipe.

Overhead view of a loaf of Banana Bread with five slices cut off the end on a cooling rack

How to Make the Best Banana Bread

Ok, are you ready to make banana bread from scratch? Here’s how:

  • Cream the butter and sugar: To your mixer, you’ll add butter and brown sugar. I used all brown sugar in this bread for both the added flavor and the benefit of moisture.
  • Add the eggs & sour cream: Eggs are added next and add additional moisture and stability to the bread, as well as tenderness. The sour cream adds just a hint of flavor and more importantly, more moisture.
  • Add bananas & vanilla: Stir in the mashed bananas and vanilla extract until everything is combined.
  • Add dry ingredients: Gently stir in the dry ingredients. You want to mix it all together until it’s just incorporated. Be sure not to over mix it or you’ll end up with a tough bread.
  • Bake & Cool: Bake the bread for about an hour, then let it cool in the loaf pan. Serve it warm or at room temperature. The hubs loves warming it up and adding a little butter. I’ll eat it however it’s given to me, I just want to eat it. 🙂
Six slices of Banana Bread stacked in a white dish lined with a white paper towel

Topping Ideas

You obviously don’t need to top your bread with anything. A plain slice of banana bread can really hit the spot!

But if I’m feeling fancy, sometime I’ll warm up a slice in the oven or microwave and then top it with a drizzle of honey or a pat of butter. (Or both, why not?) When I can get my hands on it, slathering a slice with maple cream is also seriously good! You can also sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the bread along with some warm, melty butter. So good!

How to Store

If you’re a true banana bread connoisseur and you know it won’t last long. My family usually devours this bread in a day! But here is how to store it in case you want to make it last longer:

  • Counter: You can store it in an air-tight container at room temperature for about 3 days.
  • Fridge: You could also store in it the fridge in an airtight container for about a week.

Can I Freeze Banana Bread?

If you’d like to freeze your bread, you can freeze it either in loaf form or in slices. Slices are kind of nice because you can pull out one at a time.

Wrap the bread or slices in plastic wrap, then a layer of foil. Then place in an airtight, freezer-safe container. The bread will keep for up to 4 months. When you’re ready to use it, thaw it in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours.

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Side view of three Banana Bread slices leaning against the remaining banana bread loaf on a cooling rack
Recipe

Banana Bread Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This simple banana bread recipe makes the most tender loaf of quick bread that’s full of banana flavor!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (168g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (77g) sour cream
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 large ripe bananas)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3.  In a large mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, add the butter and brown sugar and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined before adding the next.
  5. Add the sour cream, mashed bananas and vanilla extract and mix util combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not over mix or you’ll end up with tough banana bread.
  7. Add the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 60-65 minutes. To test for doneness, a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf should come out clean.
  8. Remove loaf from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan. Slice and serve when ready.
  9. Store the bread in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-5 days, or in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 16.9 g
  • Sodium: 123.3 mg
  • Fat: 9.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.8 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.6 mg

Keywords: easy banana bread recipe, moist banana bread, best banana bread

Categories

More banana recipes to try:

Moist and Chewy Banana Cookies (perfect for over ripe bananas, too!)
Overnight Baked Banana French Toast Casserole
Banana Cream Cheesecake
Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes

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33 Comments
    1. Lindsay

      Yes, you can. You would need to adjust the baking time. I’m not exactly sure what it would be, but possibly around 18 to 20 minutes.

    1. Lindsay

      I don’t know how to adjust it without testing it. Self rising flour has different amounts of leavening in it.

  1. Tammy

    This recipe shows on yummly.com as Moist Banana Bread with instant pudding in the mix but when I click on the link to read directions, I get this recipe with sour cream in it. Please clarify. Thank you.

  2. Fer

    I made this recipe a lot of times but I have a question, can I substitute butter with margarine or what I can do to substitute cause unsalted butter it’s difficult to find in my city
    I’ll Walt for your answer, greetings!

  3. Denise

    I made this in four mini loaves (I’ve been making sweet breads in mini loaves because I find there’s a better even cook-through for me.) the other day and plan to make them again tonight. Best banana bread ever is not an overstatement. Even hubby after taking a couple bites, said “This is the best banana bread you’ve ever made.” 
    I didn’t have sour cream, so I used mayonnaise, and it worked out beautifully. I think the brown sugar instead of white sugar, which is usually called for, is a key ingredient for added flavor. They were firm, but not too dense, and moist. Very much a win. 

  4. Courtney

    Made following the directions (substituted milk for the Sour Cream). Hoping it turns out deliciously moist!!!

  5. Ruth

    Only thing I found that did not work for me, was using the whisk attachment on my mixer. It does not blend well at all. I mostly use that attachment for whipping cream.

    1. Lindsay

      Sour cream is going to give you the best results, but you could try using plain yogurt. And I would assume adding sliced strawberries would be fine.

  6. ShariF

    I can’t get sour cream where I live is it ok to just leave it out? Also, are there any adjustments if I add nuts?

  7. Brenda

    I loved it! I tried this recipe for my first attempt ever and I gotta say it was perfect. I made a small loaf and 6 cups with one batch. 
    Thank you for sharing this one 😊

  8. Jennifer

    I have both fresh ripe bananas and frozen bananas can I use both types in the recipe at the same to make a double batch, and would I need to change anything ? Tyvm love your recipes.
    JenniferN

  9. Helen

    Sounds wonderful. if I would like to bake this recipe for muffins tonight, how long in the oven and how many would it make?

Lindsay
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I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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