Banana Bread

5 stars based on 29 votes


If you’re anything like me, you need a few good banana bread recipes. I’ve never been able to accurately predict my family’s banana consumption: one week we go through ‘em all; the next, they sit untouched, rotting in the bowl. This irresistibly tender and moist banana bread with a crisp crust is my go-to recipe. It’s phenomenal right out of the oven, and delicious all over again when you toast it for breakfast the next day. You’ll notice that it doesn’t rise as much as other quick breads or crack in the center; that’s because it has less flour, which makes it more of a banana bread-banana cake hybrid.

Personally, I like my banana bread chock full of extras – nuts, coconut, you name it. But if I want to make everyone happy, especially my daughter who feels strongly that such things do not belong in her banana bread, then I make this. It’s perfect plain, but feel free to add some toasted chopped nuts if you like.

Banana Bread

Servings: Makes one 9 x 5 inch loaf
Total Time: 1 Hour


  • 1-3/4 cups cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas, from 2-3 large bananas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9x5-inch metal loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the melted butter and sugar until blended. Add the eggs, mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. On low speed, stir in flour mixture until just incorporated. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 - 50 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    Oh my!! I’ve made this recipe twice and my family loved it! I add walnut to this recipe. Thanks Jenn :)

    - Liliana on September 30, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best banana bread I’ve ever made. Moist and delicious!

    - Elissa on September 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfection! As always from Jenn! This banana bread is going to be the only one I make from now on. I love that it’s on the healthier side, without loads of sugar and brown sugar, yet how supremely delicious and banana bread like the taste still was. Thank you for sharing Jenn.

    - Anna on September 17, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This bread is delicious and is very easy to make. It tastes so good warm.

    - L Gordon on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this recipe. The bread is so flavorful and moist.

    - Meg on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The banana bread came out moist and light, even after subbing half the ap flour for whole wheat! I will definitely be making this again! (by the way, I also ended up using a 8×4 instead of a 9×5 pan, and it turned out just fine)

    - Nicole on June 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Very easy to make and absolutely delicious!!!!

    - Angela on June 24, 2015 Reply
  • Hello Jen! I’m from Spain and all purpose flour is quite difficult to find here. We have an abundance of wheat flour instead. If I substitute the apf with wheat flour, how much more/less should I put?

    - AK on June 13, 2015 Reply
    • Hi AK, I suspect your wheat flour may be the same as our all purpose.

      - Jenn on June 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Excellent recipe so good and quick another great one from jen.highly recommend.

    - Dan on May 30, 2015 Reply
  • This would be great bread for my son’s breakfast menu

    - Vadim k on May 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Yet another incredible recipe from Jenn. Like others, banana bread has always been elusive for me–either underdone, overdone, too sweet, too bland. Finally, we have a recipe that everyone loves, and like all of the recipes on OUAC, it’s foolproof.

    I had a few very ripe bananas that I wanted to put to use so I gave this recipe a try. I was a bit unsure of the lemon juice, but it adds just the perfect amount of acid to make this bread outstanding–delicious without being too sweet. Thanks for yet another winner!

    - Tony M. on May 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the very BEST Banana Bread recipe I’ve ever used, no brown sugar, moist, decadent and easy to slice. Has never failed. I sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mix on top while cooling. Thanks!

    - Joyce on May 5, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love Jenn’s recipes and had 3 leftover bananas on counter. Wonderful, simple & quick basic banana bread recipe. I lined loaf pan with parchment and was tempted to add chocolate chips/nuts but decided to go plain. Perfection, not too sweet or heavy and all ingredients in the pantry. Another winner!

    - Jen on April 29, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Another delicious recipe from OUAC! I have struggled to find good banana bread recipes and have tried dozens (no lie!). This one met approval from everyone in my family, especially my picky husband! Thanks Jenn!!

    - Emily on April 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello, I was wondering, what can I use to replace butter in this recipe for banana bread? I’m trying to keep a healthy lifestyle diet but I’ve been craving something sweet, so I decided I could just make a home made banana bread rather than buying cupcakes. Could you recommend me a healthy yet low calorie, if possible, substitute for butter? (: Thank you very much for reading and I will also be making your chocolate chip granola bars, they look incredibly scrumptious~

    - Chelsea on April 1, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Chelsea, I wish I could be more helpful but I’ve never tried this recipe with a butter substitute. You could always try replacing some (not all) of the butter with more bananas.

      - Jenn on April 2, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Unsweetened applesauce or more bananas. ☺

      - Tiffany on April 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    yummm I love banana bread! Have you ever tried sour cream in the recipe? Makes for a very moist bread! Thanks for sharing!
    Could these be made into muffins too?

    - Teri Palmer on March 31, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Teri, I love sour cream banana breads (see my chocolate banana bread and chai spiced versions). These can be made as muffins, although they will be very flat.

      - Jenn on April 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Every recipe I have made of yours has turned out perfectly, including this banana bread! You and Ina Garten have the best recipes. They are always delicious!

    - Marie Frank on March 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made two loaves at once: one with the all-purpose flour the recipe calls for, and one with self-rising flour after I ran out of the all purpose. I preferred the self-rising flour loaf, and added chocolate chips. Excellent recipe, very easy to make!

    - Kelly on February 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made banana breads in the past using the store bought readymixes and it would turn out good. But this recipe turned out so much better !! The bread was nice and moist.

    This is such an easy recipe plus the overripe bananas for which there are no takers get used up. Moreover, the extra preservatives in the ready mixes are not worth consuming from a healthy well being point of view.

    I added two more ripe bananas in addition to the 1 cup measure that the recipe calls for, since I did not want the overripe bananas to be lying around and rotting. I think the additional bananas added more moisture the bread and my family enjoyed it !

    - DEEPA on December 21, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Light, tender and tasty, with a thin delicate crust. It is somewhat cakelike, as described in the recipe. Tender as it was, it came out of the pan easily and stayed intact as a loaf. I will definitely make it again.

    - Vicki Frederick on December 11, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best banana bread recipe. i make them as mini muffins for my kids and they are such a hit. Great to add to their lunches too.
    Thanks for sharing. Love all of your recipes.

    - Davina Cook on December 10, 2014 Reply
  • 2 stars

    I tried this and maybe I did something wrong. It turned out very dense.

    - Donna on December 5, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Donna, I suggest trying it again; perhaps you mismeasured something? It’s a very light and fluffy banana bread — not dense at all.

      - Jenn on December 11, 2014 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I also suggest trying it again because this woman knows how to put together an unbreakable recipe. I mean it, if anyone could ruin a baking recipe it’s me… And her recipes are THE BEST I’ve found!

      - Silvana on January 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the best banana bread recipe EVER! It was hard keeping track of the bananas because my boys love to eat them all. This was a hit in my household. Thank-you so much for sharing.

    - Tiffany on November 7, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Excellent recipe, great results! Thanks for posting this. I added coconut flakes to give it a slight tropical twist.

    - Ron on September 29, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My wife has made numerous loaves of banana bread over the years to use up over ripe bananas. I saw 6 of them sitting on the counter today, and whipped this up before the kids got home from school. OMG! Everyone agreed that I make the best banana bread ever now! Thanks as always for such an awesome recipe!

    - egbluesuede on September 2, 2014 Reply
  • Can I double this recipe?

    - Bra on August 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Really love this recipe. It turned out perfectly. Wouldn’t change a thing.

    - Liz Jandola on July 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is my new go-to banana bread recipe. It always turns out moist and is idiot-proof – just baked it this past weekend and forgot it in the oven while tending to some yard work and it still turned out delicious even though I’m sure it was baking longer than it should have been…..

    - ponyo on July 6, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This banana bread is delicious!

    - Cathy on July 2, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The BEST recipe for Banana Bread and thats saying something as I have tried lots of recipes over the years.

    My family love it and are always asking me to make more. If you want a change try the double chocolate version it is so yummy!!

    - Val Ferguson on July 2, 2014 Reply
  • A friend sent me a link to this website. Recipes look great and can’t wait to try them :)
    This banana cake recipe is very similar to the one i currently use but i’ve never heard to put lemon juice in the batter. Can someone explain the reason for the lemon juice? Thanks

    - Nicole on March 9, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Nicole, You won’t taste the lemon juice; it just reacts with the baking soda to help the bread rise.

      - Jenn on March 10, 2014 Reply
  • Looks great but please can you give a gluten free version.

    - Sue on February 24, 2014 Reply
  • Hi, can i use aluminium foil loaf pan ? cause i don’t have metal loaf pan on hand.

    Also if i wanto make into muffin can i use freestanding paper cases instead of muffin tin?

    May i know any changes need to be made to the temperature and baking time? Pls advice. Thks.

    - mich on December 5, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Mich – Yes, it is fine to use an aluminum pan. The freestanding paper cases should work fine for muffins; cooking temperature would be the same but cooking time will be less. It’s hard to say exactly how long b/c it depends on the size of the muffins, but I’d start checking after about 18 min. for standard muffins.

      - Jenn on December 5, 2013 Reply
  • im so gonna make this !! i was wondering if i could reduce the sugar to maybe 1/2 cup ? what other changes will i need to make to the recipe if i were to reduce the sugar.. i don’t wanna ruin the entire recipe. haha. althou my family love cakes.. but we aren’t so much of a sweet tooth, so i guess reducing the sugar a little will make everyone happy. :)

    - janey on November 17, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Janey, I think it would be okay to reduce the sugar to a 1/2 cup without changing the recipe.

      - Jenn on November 18, 2013 Reply
  • This is sooo good.

    The best banana bread recipe that I have tried, and I have tried many!!!!

    My son loves this while it is still warm from the oven.He loves it so much that there is not always much left for sharing!


    - val on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • I made the banana bread this morning and as I write, my 3 year old and I are eating some right now. DELICIOUS.

    - Melinda on November 10, 2013 Reply
  • One of my perennial favorites! It turned out beautifully and did not last very long!

    - Sharon on November 6, 2013 Reply
  • This is the ONLY banana bread recipe I use – it always comes out great! My husband loves banana bread (I make it & freeze it also) & this is the best I’ve tried.

    - Esther on November 5, 2013 Reply
  • Your recipes are amazing! You should make a youtube channel. I would totally subscribe to it!!!

    - Magda on November 1, 2013 Reply
    • Thank you, Magda!

      - Jenn on November 1, 2013 Reply
  • Thank you so much for this wonderfully simple & delish recipe! It’s a hit with my family. No more throwing away over-ripe bananas for us :)

    - Shereen on September 29, 2013 Reply
  • I’m with your daughter. – nothing belongs in banana bread except bananas. Thanks for the great recipe. So hard to find a good one without all the extras.

    - Ginger on August 8, 2013 Reply
  • I am making this now. I can’t wait to taste it! :)

    - Roberta on July 13, 2013 Reply
  • Delicious bread!

    - Katie on July 7, 2013 Reply
  • I made your recipe exactly as it says and it is excellent. Moist and tasty. Wish I had more ripe bananas right now. Thanks.

    - Lucille on June 26, 2013 Reply
  • My favourite Banana Bread.

    What more can I say except the chocolate version is also a huge hit in our house.

    Absolutely YUMMY!

    Love your website. My go to place for inspiration .

    - Val Ferguson on March 23, 2013 Reply
  • Perfect recipe for my very ripe bananas. It was delicious.

    - Catharine on March 15, 2013 Reply
  • This is the BEST banana bread recipe! Even better since I add chocolate chips and walnuts yummmmmie

    - Nicole Conger on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • This is my go-to favorite recipe! I have added chocolate chips sometimes for a bit of chocolate flavor. I highly recommend anyone to make this. Thank you so much!

    - Aylin on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I have made this bread numerous times, and it has always been a success. The only ingredients I added were nuts and mini chocolate chips. It’s always a hit.

    - Mary on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • OMG, this is the best banana bread ever. I Made it up this afternoon for the holidays and followed the recipe exactly. The house smells amazing and the slice that I snuck tasted even better. :D Can’t wait to show it off at the family’s tomorrow. Thanks for the amazing recipe!!

    - Brenda on December 24, 2012 Reply
  • I made this tonight and it was so good! Made it in my countertop convection toaster oven, just lowering the temp by 25 degrees, and put a foil top for a few minutes so that it wouldn’t darken too quickly. A great recipe- thank you!

    - Kalani on December 16, 2012 Reply
  • I baked five mini loaves with this recipe. Baked it for 35 to 40. Awesome to bring to work for snack!!! Yummy!!!!

    - Starr on December 4, 2012 Reply
  • I make this once a week now! It’s the only thing my daughter wants for breakfast these days. I cut the sugar and double the bananas. It makes this cakey and super yummy – not that it wasn’t already!

    - Nicole on November 5, 2012 Reply
  • Tried this recipe. My family loved it. Added almonds to it. Thanks for this recipe. :)

    - Beela on October 6, 2012 Reply
  • Can I use salted butter instead??

    - Alexandra on July 30, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Alexandra, It’s okay to use salted butter but you should definitely cut back on the salt in the recipe (my guess is by half, but can’t say for sure because it depends on the brand of butter).

      - Jenn on July 30, 2012 Reply
  • I made this recipe yesterday and I absolutely love it.

    Instead of using 1+3/4 cups all purpose flour I used 1/2 cup soy flour and the rest mostly all purpose flour (I actually didn’t have enough all purpose flour so I had to use a little bit of whole wheat flour).

    Also since I only had 1 egg available I used 1 tbsp soy flour mixed with 1 tbsp water along with that 1 egg.

    Since I was using soy flour I had to reduce the oven temperature to 325 and cook for about 55-60 minutes (soy flour browns more quickly than all purpose flour).

    Even though I was pretty unprepared to make this recipe I worked around it and it turned out to be quite delicious. It also tastes nice with some sweetened condensed milk drizzled on top.

    - Emily on June 26, 2012 Reply
  • This really is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made — and I’ve made lots! It is very moist without being too soggy and sweet. Thanks for sharing!

    - Becky on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • I have made this banana bread lots of times! I’m always on the lookout for banana bread recipes because I always have them in the freezer. I have made these into muffins as well as adding chocolate chips inside the batter. Family and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one best! Thank you Jennifer

    - Aylin on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve replaced my old banana bread recipe with this one. This is a family favorite and I make it at least once a month. I adjusted your suggested cook time. It takes 55 minutes in my oven.

    - Tracy on March 7, 2012 Reply
  • I am drooling just looking at this recipe. Will be making this tomorrow and I can’t wait.

    - Judy on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • I always look for a great banana bread recipe because making them into muffins is so much easier for my family-We are the grab and go type! I have made this one and is so easy and super moist. It is definitely going into the archive, thank you so much!

    - Aylin on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • Love this bread for the main reason its not as sweet tasting as other BB recipes I’ve made. As soon as I took it out of the pan, I couldn’t help myself. This bread is Delish!!!

    - Charmie on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • The BEST banana bread recipe ever. Though I must admit I usually add chocolate chips. :)

    - Alison on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I love banana bread! I’ll have to try this one out….

    - Anne on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Currently there are 3 over-ripe bananas on my kitchen counter. I dropped by to see if you had a recipe. This one looks great! Love the idea of using melted butter. No waiting…

    - Donna Hudson on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Awesome recipe. Super moist and delicious! I added about 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to this recipe. The house even smelled heavenly while it was baking.

    - Star K on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This looks delicious, and fairly light and moist as well.

    - Deanna on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I had some brown bananas the other day, so made your banana bread. My kids loved it, and I made mini loaves for my daughter’s teacher….she LOVED it too!

    - Julie M. on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • On my list for this week and an extra for the freezer. :)

    - Charmie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Made this as mini muffins and the kids loved them!

    - Margot Garofalo on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I made this yesterday and it was gone by today. It’s so simple, yet so delicious.

    After looking everywhere for a nice, simple, quick banana bread recipe, this is the one for me!

    Thank you for another great recipe!

    - Karma7 on January 29, 2012 Reply
  • Wow, I just made this chicken and it is amazing! Thank you for the recipe! next: banana bread. :)

    - Alla on January 24, 2012 Reply
  • This bread is great – even days later! My husband loves to toast it for his breakfast (that’s the extent of his cooking). It has the best flavor & texture! This is a keeper!!

    - Esther on May 23, 2011 Reply
  • Marielle made this bread last week and it came out awesome!!! She can’t wait to make the pumpkin one next.

    - Sheryl on September 25, 2010 Reply
  • So easy and so good. My whole family loved this :)

    - Eleen on October 17, 2009 Reply
  • awesome recipe.
    i made it earlier tonight and am waiting until tomorrow to slice it open, but from the outside, it looks perfect!
    i topped it with a mix of sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. surely this will be a treat =)
    also, it makes the house smell great!

    - brandon on October 13, 2009 Reply
  • I adore banana bread..yours looks wonderful!

    - Leslie on October 10, 2009 Reply
  • Favorite recipe for banana bread and I have tried many! Another bonus about this recipe is that it uses melted butter… perfect for the last minute baker!

    - Melissa on September 8, 2009 Reply

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