Banana Bread

5 stars based on 96 votes

banana bread

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, browning in the bowl. This tender 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 dome as much as other quick breads; that’s because it has less flour, which makes it more tender and cake-like. My family prefers this banana bread plain, but feel free to add nuts or chocolate chips, if you like.

how to make banana bread

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

how to make banana bread

Whisk to combine.

how to make banana bread

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

how to make banana bread

Add the eggs one at a time.

how to make banana bread

Beat well after each addition.

how to make banana bread

Add the mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract.

how to make banana bread

Mix well. It will look a little grainy at this point; that’s okay.

how to make banana bread

Add the flour mixture.

how to make banana bread

Beat on low speed until just incorporated. Do not over mix.

how to make banana bread

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

how to make banana bread

Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

how to make banana bread

Then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

how to make banana bread


banana bread

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Banana Bread

Servings: Makes one 9 x 5 inch loaf
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) 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, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix well. It will look a little grainy at this point; that's okay.
  4. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed 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, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 208
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 394 mg
  • Cholesterol: 51 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    This recipe has turned out consistently good each time I have made it. It is moist, flavorful and has an evenly browned crust. It is great just the way the recipe is written. For a higher calorie treat, I have added s crumble to the top and a drizzle of brown sugar glaze. It gies extremely well with the banana bread and I have received raves and requests for the recipe. You can’t go wrong with this banana bread!

    - Lisa on July 13, 2018 Reply
  • If I want some dome should an extra 1/2 c of flour do it??
    Thanks, the guy at 9k ft.

    - Jim Jacobs on July 12, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Jim, I’d suggest using an additional 1/4 cup of flour (just keep in mind that the cake won’t be quite as moist).

      - Jenn on July 18, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi, The recipe looks yummy. I was wondering if this bread/ cake will stay fresh and moist for 3-4 days as I need to carry it with me while traveling. Can we use medium sized eggs? Thanks for your reply in advance. DV

    - DV on July 11, 2018 Reply
    • Hi DV, Yes, this should keep okay for 3 – 4 days and medium eggs are fine. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on July 12, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a foolproof delicious recipe but I’ve also tweaked it a few times in making it. I usually try to make baked items as healthy as possible, so I substituted Whole Wheat flour for the regular flour, used 1/2 cup of sugar only, and canola instead of butter. I’ve made jumbo muffins as well as the bread loaf, both work great. The recipe yields 5 jumbo muffins.

    - Janet on June 5, 2018 Reply
  • 4 stars

    When ever I make banana bread it rises then at the end it will sink in the center even though it is cooked all the way through. What I’m I doing wrong?

    - Bill on June 1, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Bill, There are several potential reasons a cake may sink. Because it could be happening due to a variety of factors, I’d suggest skimming this article to see if there’s one issue that resonates with you. Hope it helps you get to the bottom of it!

      - Jenn on June 1, 2018 Reply
  • Love your recipe – and I’m embarrassed to say I forgot to add the butter and it turned out to be the best banana bread I’ve ever made ! I used 3 bananas but did measure them and I used 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp coconut extract – otherwise followed your recipe and baked it for 45 min.

    - Jeanne on May 10, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Very good! I didn’t have any lemon juice, and i don’t think ive ever added it to banana bread but i’m curious to see how it affects the flavor. My daughter and I just made this and it is moist and perfectly sweet. I didn’t measure the bananas, just put in two big ones. The bread is very good hot and slathered with butter, and my daughter said its the best banana bread ever. Thank you!

    - mom on March 21, 2018 Reply
  • This was an awesome recipe. It had just the right amount of sweetness. You can also try adding different extracts, such as coconut or almond for flavor. The bread was really moist and had a good taste.

    - P. Odom on March 2, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I thought this banana bread was really good. It wasn’t too dense or heavy like some banana bread is. I followed the recipe with the exception of decreasing the sugar slightly, just because I always do that when baking to make myself feel better :-). It was still delicious.

    - Carrie V on March 1, 2018 Reply
  • 3 stars

    I made this bread at the recommendation of a good friend and it was good. I used salted butter and added chocolate chips because I’m a chocoholic. I found it to be delicious but was lacking in flavor, it was good but I still have my go to that I’ll use instead.

    - KRisty tidwell on March 1, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious recipe

    - KatP on February 24, 2018 Reply
  • Hello Jenn,
    I cannot take butter/margarine because of my health issues. Can I substitute butter with oil? If yes will olive oil work and how much should I use it?

    - Fari Saleem on February 18, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Fari, I do think oil (1/2 cup or 120 ml) will work in this recipe since the butter is melted.

      - Jenn on February 19, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is my second time in less than a week making this bread. My children always request it. They find it so delicious. They also help mash the bananas.

    We add about 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to it. Great recipe! Easy to make.

    - Van on February 7, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a great recipe. Simple, not too sweet, and I love the crispy edges. I live at 4,800 ft above sea level. Since there was quite a bit of leavening in this recipe, I kept the full amount of baking soda but decreased the baking power to 1/2 t. and the rise was perfect.

    - Sue on February 2, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was just wondering if adding cinnamon and other spices would alter the taste? And if not, was there a reason you didn’t add it?


    - Reva on January 23, 2018 Reply
    • I don’t use them in this recipe so you can really taste the banana, but it’s perfectly fine to add cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on January 24, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was then best banana bread recipe I’ve ever baked (& I’ve baked a lot). I used 1 cup ap flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It’s so simple I didn’t think it would be special but it is! Just the right amount of sweetness, moist & the top and edges have a slight crunch. I had to cover the loaf for the last 15 minutes because my oven runs hot and the top was already nice and brown.

    - Suez on January 15, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Simple and accurate. Thanks!

    - Jane on December 8, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I combined this recipe with the directions of the Coconut Pecan Banana Bread:

    I liked the simplicity of this recipe’s ingredients (I only had the basics). I also added leftover dried cranberries, walnuts, and juice/pulp of a clementine instead of lemon juice. I did not over stir the large ingredients and did not fall to the bottom 🙂 It tasted great!

    - Vanessa on December 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband said that this may be the best banana bread he’s ever had! I used 3 overripe bananas and the flavor was delicious!

    - Julie on December 2, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    This is a good recipe, less sugar than most banana breads that use 1 cup of sugar. But, I use 1/2 cup and it is just fine (of course, I also add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips!). I also use 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat flour.

    - A Rosenstein on December 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My family loves this recipe! My very pick son said “mom, your banana bread is good!” I add 1/2 cup choc chips. Recipe comes out great with Earth Balance butter sticks if anyone needs dairy free.

    - Gayle on November 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I haven’t made this yet but I like the fact that you put the cup amount in not just the amount of bananas. I take my ripe bananas and blend them together and freeze them in 1 and 2 cup freezer bags. That way I don’t have frozen bananas laying everywhere in my freezer with no date on them as to how long they have been sitting there.

    - Mary Abbott on October 16, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Banana bread is my favorite quick bread to make. Thank you for my new favorite recipe! The lemon juice does make a significant difference. I no longer have a metal loaf pan but do have a Le Creuset loaf pan with ceramic coating. Should I change temp or bake time for this pan? Thanks!

    - Lisa on October 12, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Lisa, I think the bake time and temp would be the same. So glad you like the recipe!

      - Jenn on October 12, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for a great recipe. I’m baking in an 8×8 at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes. My guess is you won’t see this before I opo it in 😉 but are there any changes you would make to that? Thanks much!

    - Nicolette on October 5, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Nicolette, Sorry if I’m responding too late– my guess is that you’ve already baked this. My suggestion for temp and bake time would be a bit different, though. I’d stick to the 350 degrees in the recipe and suspect it would take about 35 minutes.

      - Jenn on October 6, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Also, do we need to sift the flour? I always do it but am never if we are always supposed to do that for all recipes 🙂 Can i refrigerate the batter and bake it the next day or two days’ time? TQ!

    - Mariyah on October 4, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Mariyah, Flour no longer needs to be sifted so that’s one less thing you have to do :). However, the batter does need to be baked right after mixing or it won’t rise properly. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on October 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn,

    I love this recipe so much! I usually don’t have lemon on hand. Would it alter the bread much without it? What other substitutes could I use?

    Also, how long can we keep a banana peeled and refridgerated? If it is soft, browned and soupy is it still good?

    Thank you! -Mariyah

    - Mariyah on October 4, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Mariyah, the lemon juice reacts with the baking soda in the recipe to help the bread rise. You can make it without it, but the bread may be a little flatter/heavier. Some other readers that didn’t have lemon juice mentioned they used orange juice or apple cider vinegar with success. And, yes, the banana is fine to use. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on October 5, 2017 Reply
  • I would like to make this in cupcake portions. How long shouldn’t I bake for?

    - Kathleen on September 16, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Kathleen, if it’s a standard-sized cupcake/muffin pan, I’d start checking them at about 18 minutes.

      - Jenn on September 17, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thank you so much! Turned out beautifully! Couldn’t eat just one!

        - Kathleen on September 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely love this recipe. Made it exactly as written. My daughters (8 and 10) can easily follow the recipe and do everything on their own. They make it and one likes it just as is, the other takes half and adds some chocolate chips into it. Thanks for a great recipe.

    - Donna on September 13, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Great recipe. It came out a tad dry for me. I followed the steps exactly except used 2/3 of the sugar. The sweetness was perfect. Baked for 45 mins. Any pointers would be appreciated 🙂
    Thank you!

    - Raghida on July 24, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Raghida, this bread is typically quite moist. Perhaps it was a tiny bit overbaked. I’d try removing it from oven 2 – 3 minutes earlier next time.

      - Jenn on July 25, 2017 Reply
    • Sugar is considered a wet ingredient (because it melts into a liquid). That may account for the dry texture.

      - Jen on September 24, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was super delicious and easy!! I didn’t have enough all purpose flour, so I used self-rising instead (Gold Medal brand) and just left out the baking powder and the salt. Turned out perfect! Thank goodness I found a way to use up some of that flour!

    - Sarah on May 31, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Oh my this is good! So beautifully moist. I added half a cup each of semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to mine and it tastes great. I also reduced the sugar to 1/3 of the recipe because of the chocolate, but I was possibly overcautious– I don’t like banana bread to be overly sweet but it could stand to be a little sweeter than I made this time. I’ll use more sugar next time. And there’ll definitely be a next time!

    - Laura W on May 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best banana bread recipe I’ve ever used! I mixed the baking soda and baking powder with the wet ingredients (sounds like baking heresy but recommended by King Arthur Flour for a better rise), and added a generous half cup of toasted walnuts to the batter. I also scattered a handful of nuts on top of the batter.
    My new favorite. Loved it!

    - Liz on April 22, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’am not a fan of baking , but I was in the mood for Banana Bread because I had over riped bananas. this was not only easy but delicious! I used coconut oil instead of butter and only 1/2 cup sugar and it came out excellent. I did add walnuts. YUM

    - carol on March 25, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The best ever and so easy to make. It makes me look like a winning baker!

    - Deborah Katz on February 25, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I chuckled when you said this is your daughter’s favorite recipe. I have a family member that has to eat more simple tasting foods and this recipe won the prize. It is perfect texture and not too wet of a bread. It is very flavorful but not exotic….just plain and simply delicious. It is very good sliced and toasted or put on the griddle with butter. Kids will love it but the adults will too.

    - Karen on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi I had several over ripe bananas in my freezer (just throw them in with the peel on, they look nasty but don’t take long to thaw and peel). This recipe is delish; for fun I subbed out the butter for coconut oil; and used about 1/4 cup of coconut sugar instead of regular white sugar. Also blitzed some regular oats in my blender and subbed in 3/4 for flour. The end result was lovely, likely a bit more dense due to my changes but still really moist and flavourful. I toasted some walnuts and had them on the side. Don’t get me wrong I love butter, just like to swap some with coconut oil if I think it will work, and it did! Thank you!

    - Gwyneviere on January 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you! Another brilliant recipe! So easy to follow with amazing results…I don’t think this loaf will last long!!

    - Veronica Guthrie on December 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Can you use bottle lemon juice instead of fresh? Thanks!!!

    - Crystal Waldier on December 20, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, that will work 🙂

      - Jenn on December 20, 2016 Reply
      • what about lemon essential oil? i want to make this but dont have fresh lemon on hand

        - kim on January 5, 2017 Reply
        • Hi Kim, I don’t know much about cooking with essential oils, so I’m really not sure– I’m sorry!

          - Jenn on January 6, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My family loves these!! My loaf pan was 9 x 6 so I decided to make muffins instead…baked for exactly 18 minutes…made 17 muffins….will make again soon!

    - Wendy G Schoenburg on December 13, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Fantastic. I made this last week and actually ate it in the delivery room right after my baby was born. So delicious and comforting! It’s perfect as is, but I also added chocolate chips to part of the loaf as an extra treat. Yum. Will definitely make it again. Thank you!

    - Abbie on December 12, 2016 Reply
    • What a nice post-delivery snack :). Congratulations on your new arrival!

      - Jenn on December 13, 2016 Reply
      • 5 stars

        I am using the same pan in a new oven, but in order to get the inside cooked through, the outside is getting a bit too brown. Should I try a lower temp for a few minutes longer? (I don’t have an oven thermometer). Many thanks Jenn!

        - Abbie on June 16, 2017 Reply
        • Hi Abbie, You could try a slightly lower oven temp and extending the baking time by a few minutes, or you could keep the bread covered for part of the baking time so it doesn’t brown too much before it’s fully baked.

          - Jenn on June 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Double recipe (made gifts and gave away)
    Substituted 1/2 Oats, all Coconut Oil
    No Sugar
    Sprinkled Fresh Cranberries in the middle of batter with a sprinkling of brown sugar
    Very Yummy!

    - Yeowbaby on December 5, 2016 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Thanks for the tips! I love oats in banana bread, and the coconut oil is a brilliant idea. Also with the sweet banana cutting back or no sugar is an excellent idea.

      - Gwyneviere on January 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Moist, not too sweet, perfect texture. My grandson and I make this recipe. He loves to cook and we added 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels and 1 cup of chopped walnuts. This is a recipe that will be handed down in the family (with and without the nuts and morsels).

    - Nancy on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • If I use salted butter, do I eliminate the 1/4 tsp of salt?

    - Rebecca on November 4, 2016 Reply
    • Yes. that should work. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on November 4, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love all of your recipes! !!! Is the flour measured by spoonfuls into the cup? Thank you!!!

    - Crystal on November 1, 2016 Reply
    • So glad to hear you like the recipes Crystal! Yes, I spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level it off with a knife.

      - Jenn on November 1, 2016 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thank you!!!!! I was a horrible cook until i found your recipes!!! Thank you for such detailed explanations! !!!

        - Crystal on November 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This makes the best banana bread. Easy recipe, to follow. Thanks for sharing.

    - Lora Davison on October 27, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love your recipe. Sometimes I will add 1/2 c maraschino cherries. My grandkids like it with the cherries.

    - Barb on October 26, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love this recipe, as I have loved all your recipes that I have tried! I’ve made your banana bread several times, and have tried a couple of variations that I’d like to share. I have substituted the lemon juice for spiced rum, and added chocolate chips and raisins. Yum! In addition, I have substituted orange juice for lemon juice and added pecan pieces. Your site has rejuvenated me in the kitchen, post retirement, and family,friends, and neighbours are enjoying the inspiration I’m getting from your site! Thanks so much, Jenn! I’m so glad I found you!

    - Marlee Russell on October 7, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is my go to recipe for banana bread. I use this recipe for muffins as well. I bake them on 350 F for 25-30 minutes. I substitute the butter with coconut oil and add sometimes spinach and flex seeds for my 3 year old son. He loves them.

    - Amela on October 6, 2016 Reply
  • Does the baking time need to be adjusted if I’m using a glass loaf pan instead of a metal one?

    - Jane on September 28, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Jane, the general rule of thumb for baking in glass (versus metal) pans is to decrease the temperature by about 25 degrees. It’s not likely that you’ll need to adjust the baking time, but check the bread for doneness to make sure.

      - Jenn on September 28, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious and fast. Which is a win win in our house.

    - Kelly on September 24, 2016 Reply
  • How many minutes would it take to make muffins with this recipe? Thanks!

    - Mimi on August 15, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Mimi, I’d start checking after about 18 min. for standard muffins.

      - Jenn on August 15, 2016 Reply
  • Hi Jenn! I have so many blueberries on hand and would like to add some to this recipe, probably 1 cup. How do you think that would turn out? And how would this affect baking time? Thanks!!

    - Renee on June 10, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Renee, I haven’t tried this with berries, but I think it should work. I would suggest tossing them with 1 – 2 tsp. of flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of the loaf. The baking time should be about the same. I’d love to hear how they turn out!

      - Jenn on June 11, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you so much, Jenn, for sharing this Banana Bread recipe – it’s the best I have ever baked – Delicious and easy to make!!!
    Christina L

    - Christina on June 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best banana bread ever! I used just four tablespoons of butter and it still turned out delicious!! So looking forward to your cook book! Do you have an estimated release date?

    - Alice on May 24, 2016 Reply
    • Glad you enjoyed the banana bread! Yes, the cookbook will be released in the Spring of 2018. Still a ways off, but I think it will be worth the wait :).

      - Jenn on May 25, 2016 Reply
  • Hello,
    Can you substitute whole wheat for all purpose?
    Love your recipes.
    thank you,

    - jodi on May 19, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Jodi, Glad you’re enjoying the recipes! If you want to use whole wheat flour,I would suggest using 1/2 whole wheat and half all purpose. I’d love to know how it turns out!

      - Jenn on May 20, 2016 Reply
      • 5 stars

        hi Jenn,
        I used 1 cup all purpose and 3/4 cup ww pastry flour. It came out perfect and is being devoured as I type.
        thanks! Jodi

        - jodi on September 10, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn! Great recipe! I love the addition of lemon juice which really brightens it up. I was wondering though, would you happen to have the nutritional facts for this recipe, specifically the carb count? Thanks!

    - Renee on May 10, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Renee, glad you like the bread! I’ve just added the nutritional information to the recipe, and each slice has 30 grams of carbs.

      - Jenn on May 11, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I make this banana bread today in my bread machine. I follow your recipe except no lemon juice- I used apple cider vinegar instead. The bread turns out just like in your picture. It tastes so good, don’t have a chance to take some photos to show you.

    - Pepper on April 12, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Your recipe is very good. For those that don’t have really ripe bananas, you can put them in the oven on a cookie sheet skin on, at 350 for about 10 minutes. Bananas will turn black. Let cool, peel, and they will release a full banana flavor.

    - Sonora on April 3, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Jenn, I am so happy you have a banana bread recipe. I’ve always used the same recipe but since I absolutely love every recipe I’ve tried of yours, I decided to give this one a shot. Your recipe has less sugar and flour then the recipe I use so that got me really excited. I knew it was going to be a hit when I tasted the batter. We love it! Thank you! Now I can’t wait to try it with coconut.

    - Laura on February 25, 2016 Reply
  • Hi! I’d like to make these as mini muffins; how long should I bake them?

    - Renee on January 24, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Renee, I’d start checking around 12 minutes.

      - Jenn on January 24, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this recipe a couple of times before I became really brave, now I’m adding pecans and cocoa powder, and having to guard it so I get 1 slice! It tastes just like the banana bread I grew up with, and I love it!

    - Jesz on December 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was great! I actually had three really brown bananas. I read a few reviews and tried mashing the bananas first and popping them in the freezer and later using them. That really released all of the sugars making this a really good banana bread, however it makes your banana bread SLIGHTLY darker in color. I also didn’t have lemon juice so I used 5% acidity distilled white vinegar. Turned out well!

    - Lauren on December 27, 2015 Reply
  • can i use cake flour?

    - Jackie on December 21, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jackie, This banana bread is so light as is, that I wouldn’t really recommend it. If that’s all you have though, you could use it but I would increase the amount of flour by a few tablespoons.

      - Jenn on December 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just made it! I had two bananas on my counter. I halved the recipe. To make my banana bread, I always mash my bananas first, pop them in the freezer in the morning and when I go to use them I just defrost them by putting a hot bowl of water underneath the banana bowl. Makes the bananas much better. This recipe was delicious; finished the same night.

    Thanks Jenn!

    - Jackie on December 13, 2015 Reply
  • Does it have to have lemon juice? I don’t usually have that on hand, but want to make this… Like now. LOL. I love your pumpkin bread and pumpkin corn muffins… Which I’ve made in the past week.

    - Melissa on December 3, 2015 Reply
    • Melissa, You won’t taste the lemon juice; it just reacts with the baking soda to help the bread rise. You can try baking the bread without it, but it may be a little heavier/flatter.

      - Jenn on December 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This banana bread is easy, moist, flavorful and fantastic. I’m making it (2 loaves) for the second time today. I add more walnuts but that’s the only change. It’s perfect as is but we love walnuts.

    - Renee B on November 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Every recipe I have tried has been excellent. Banana Bread no exception. Best resource yet.

    - Karen brown on November 19, 2015 Reply
  • First, I love your site and your recipes! I’ve made the pumpkin bread multiple times to rave reviews. I’m an experienced baker, and I’ve double checked all the ingredients and amounts I used (made exactly as written) but within 10 minutes of being in the oven its overflowed the 9×4 pan (at least 1/2 c of batter) and collapsed in the middle. I feel like it rose too quickly but I don’t know why. Any thoughts? I’m definitely willing to try again based on my success with your other recipes. Thanks!

    - AmyN on November 16, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Amy, So sorry you had trouble with the bread. The recipe calls for a 9×5 pan. You mentioned your pan is 9×4, which might explain the problem — although, that is an odd size for a loaf pan. Did you mean to write 8×4? If you used an 8×4, which is a typical size, the batter would definitely overflow.

      - Jenn on November 16, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thank you, Jenn! My pan was a 9×5 (sorry for the typo). I also forgot to mention I live in Denver (one mile above sea level), so I wonder if my leavening agents don’t need quite as much boost (things tend to rise and fall more quickly here). It was moist and delicious regardless of how it looked; I’ll just have try it again!! 🙂

        - AmyN on November 17, 2015 Reply
        • Ahh, yes — Denver is likely the problem 🙂

          - Jenn on November 17, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love your recipes and really want to try this banana bread but I’m getting confused with how many grams are actually in a cup. I’ve searched the net but the answer varies wildly. Could you possibly give the recipe with grams as well as cups please for your UK fans. Also, would it work if I used half whole wheat flour? Thank you!

    - Shirley on November 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Shirley, I added metric units to the recipe for you. In the top right corner of the recipe, there is a button that allows you to choose cup or metric measures. Hope that helps. I have recently started adding metric measurements to my recipes but am still going back through the archives and updating older recipes. If you come across any others that you’d like to try, let me know and I’ll bump them to the top of my list 🙂

      - Jenn on November 12, 2015 Reply
      • Oh, and I think half whole wheat flour would work, but it won’t be nearly as delicate — maybe try it as is first, then experiment?

        - Jenn on November 12, 2015 Reply
        • 5 stars

          I tried the recipe today (exactly as you wrote it) and just WOW!!
          So light and moist, a real keeper! Thank you for sharing!

          - Shirley on November 13, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thank you, you are so kind to spare the time to do that. Yes we have lots of banana bread recipes in the UK I could have used but with the amazing reviews this one has how could I not try it! 🙂

        - Shirley on November 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This bread was amaaazzing. So light and moist and banana-eeeee! It really doesn’t need anything added to it but I wanted a little bit of crunch on top. I had no nuts so i added a generous sprinkling of hemp hearts on top. It turned out great!! Highly recommend trying this bread if you are looking for a keeper! 🙂

    - christina on November 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I am officially in awe of Jenn Segal. I feel like I’ve tried every banana bread recipe on the internet and none even comes CLOSE to this one. Usually banana bread is too dense or too sweet for me, and this one is just right. I will be keeping this recipe forever! Can’t wait to try all the other recipes on this site!

    - Jessica on October 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OMG! This is sooooo good. Just took the loaf out of the pan, I don’t think it will make it to morning for breakfast. The house smells wonderful and the bread is super moist! Thank you so much for the recipe!

    - AK on October 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    this is such a great recipe! The only thing I don’t understand is why my banana bread turns out to be so much darker than the one pictured on this site?

    - M on October 18, 2015 Reply
    • Could just be the lighting 🙂

      - Jenn on October 20, 2015 Reply
  • 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. 😀 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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