Banana Bread

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This banana bread is phenomenal right out of the oven and even better toasted the next day.

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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 and foolproof 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. My family prefers it plain, but feel free to add nuts or chocolate chips, if you like.

What You’ll Need To Make Banana Bread

ingredients for making banana bread

STEP-BY-STEP Instructions

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

dry ingredients in mixing bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisking dry ingredients in bowl

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

creaming butter and sugar

Add the eggs one at a time.

adding eggs one at a time

Beat well after each addition.

eggs fully incorporated

Add the mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract.

adding the mashed bananas, lemon and vanilla

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

grainy batter

Add the flour mixture.

adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients

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

finished banana bread batter

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

banana bread batter in loaf pan ready to bake

Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

baked banana bread fresh out of the oven

Then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

banana bread cooling on rack

This quick bread is best served fresh, but it will keep for a few days, wrapped in foil and stored at room temperature.  The bread can also be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

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Banana Bread

This banana bread is phenomenal right out of the oven and even better toasted the next day.

Servings: Makes one 9 x 5 inch loaf
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 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, softened
  • 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

Instructions

  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 curdled 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.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

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

  • Excelent recipe!I have made it as is many times and it’s always eaten and enjoyed by all. I have a gluten free family member and have now made this recipe 3 times using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF flour–each time a success! For the GF flour, I have found I need to increase baking time. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as is and it’s great.

    I’ve also added chocolate chips to the recipe and that’s a kid favorite.

    • — Aileen on July 25, 2021
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  • We love this recipe in our home. I’m wondering how I could convert it to a muffin or mini muffin recipe..?

    • — Beth on July 22, 2021
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    • Glad you like it, Beth! It should work nicely for muffins. I’d keep the oven temp the same and start checking them for doneness at about 18 minutes for standard muffins and about 12 minutes for minis. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on July 23, 2021
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  • Can you make this with gluten-free flour, and if so what brand/kind do you recommend? Thank you!

    • — Martha on July 19, 2021
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    • Hi Martha, I haven’t made a gluten-free version of this but other readers have and have been happy with the results. A lot of people have good luck with this King Arthur brand. Please let me know how it turns out if you make it!

      • — Jenn on July 19, 2021
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  • I didn’t use Jenn’s actual recipe because I had a lot of bananas to use up and needed one that could absorb at least 4 but I did follow her instructions since all recipes pretty much start the same. The step-by-step photos are so helpful, thank you Jenn! I’m new to baking and had no idea what ‘cream until light and fluffy’ should look like until I read your post. I also panicked initially when adding the banana and it looked curdled, so also appreciate your extra note there. Thanks again!

    • — Emily H. on June 19, 2021
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  • This banana bread is incredible and one of my favourite things to bake. It’s so easy to throw together and so delicious. I find it’s great to share too, loaves are always easier to cut than rounds, and it’s always very popular whenever I take it anywhere. I like my banana bread loaded with goodies so I add chocolate chips and/or chopped walnuts and/or raisins, whatever I’m in the mood for, about a cup total. I’ve cooked this in at least 4 different ovens in 2 different countries and I always have to add 5-10 mins to the cooking time (usually 50-55 mins for me), but it comes out perfectly every time. Thanks for this winner, Jenn. I’d give it more than 5 stars, if I could!

    • — Laura on June 12, 2021
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  • This recipe is a keeper. Added some cinnamon and baked for only 50 minutes in glass dish.

    • — M Day on May 25, 2021
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  • Why don’t you use sour cream in this recipe when you do in the others?
    Thanks, love all your recipes!
    Edie

    • — Edie on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Edie, I developed this recipe a long time ago so I don’t remember the reason I didn’t use sour cream in this one but I promise it works. 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 17, 2021
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  • Moist and can really taste it’s banana as many recipies only use one banana . Will def add to our favourites!

    • — Hattie on May 2, 2021
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  • This is my new favorite banana bread mother recipe. I doubled this recipe using the kitchen scale measures, subbing flavorful coconut oil for the butter for a lactose-intolerant friend. I also couldn’t resist subbing most of the volume (not weight) of the sugar for maple syrup, as I wanted a slightly more wholesome version. I even substituted 100g almond flour for the regular flour. The mixture was more liquid, thanks to the maple syrup, but the loaf was a wonderful texture, springy and light instead of dense and muffin-like. It is really a banana-bread, not muffin, recipe, much lighter and more delicate than the more stodgy (yet satisfying!) banana muffins I am used to making. When you use the batter in the muffin tins they don’t dome like muffins (that might also be because of the more liquid dough I used), but they make nice short mini cakes that kids like holding. Oh and of course I added chocolate chips—for the kids (that is my excuse, anyways!).

    • — Lucie on April 26, 2021
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  • I’ve made this recipe twice. Both times it is raw in the middle even though the tester came out clean. The end slice was dry. If I bake it longer, the bread will be very dry around the edges. Any insight on what might be wrong? The oven thermometer said the temp was ok. Thanks.

    • — Karen on March 28, 2021
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    • Sorry you’ve had a problem with this (twice)! Are you using a glass pan? Are you making any adjustments to the recipe?

      • — Jenn on March 28, 2021
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  • The best banana bread recipe for me, tried it out 3 times already and worked very well every time! I cut up a small banana and put in on top of the batter for extra ”banananess” before baking.

    • — Lidia on March 20, 2021
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  • Love this recipe because it’s buttery! It’s simple and doesn’t have diet ingredients like apple sauce. When I want low-cal, I’ll go elsewhere lol I too have trouble with the top being completely baked through because I use a glass pan, but I read on another recipe here to lower temperature and bake longer. I baked at 325 for an hour.

    • — Gail on March 15, 2021
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  • My search for THEE Banana Bread recipe is over! Lemon juice is the secret in this one! For those having problems with under done-ness with baking: add-ins(I do walnuts & chocolate chips, myself) will stretch your batter. You’ll end doing two loaves. Fill your pan ONLY HALF WAY up (I noticed in her photo & after my last loaf was a hard shell on the outside & doughy in the middle) Then the 40 min bake time works perfectly. I tried going towards 45 mins because i didn’t preheat & both loaves ended up a little dry.

    • — charis medeiros on March 7, 2021
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  • Loved it!!

    • — Dedria on March 2, 2021
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  • I just made this. It’s so yummy. I added a few more bananas and a tiny bit more flour.
    Turned out excellent!!
    Thanks for your recipe!
    🙂

    • — Dedria on March 2, 2021
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  • Gave it a whirl and it seemed to come out fine. I skewer tested it and everything and the skewer came out clean. While cooling on the rack though the top caved in and when I checked inside I found the inside was still not cooked. Not sure why the skewer test came out clean when it was still not fully cooked in the center but sadly there was no fixing it at that point.

    Pretty much every other recipe I’ve looked at or used had at least 50 minutes, usually 55 minutes, for a cooking time at 350 degrees. I guess it doesn’t surprise me that this one did not cook after 45 in the oven as that cooking time just seems too low. For anyone trying this recipe I would definitely make doubly sure it’s done before you pull it out.

    • — Travis B. on March 2, 2021
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  • I am not usually a fan of banana bread but had some that were going in the trash if I didn’t use them, so happy I did. This is a simple recipe and I have to admit I was surprised at the lack of seasonings. I think I figured out why I don’t normally like banana bread. Most recipes have too much added seasonings that just take away from the simplicity of the banana. Thank you for another keeper!

    • — Debbie on February 28, 2021
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  • This is everyone’s favorite banana bread recipe in my family. It is different from the stodgy, heavy, sugary banana bread recipes I’ve tried (and liked!) before. This recipe gives a really nice, not too heavy loaf, with a nice crumb and good moisture. The banana flavor and aroma are there but not overpowering, which was a favorite for our adult crowd. I could see it being successful even with a little less sugar. Nuts could be a great addition but I’d pass on chocolate because it might distract from the bread’s delicious flavor. Overall, this is a hit! My favorite part is the crispy crust—can’t get enough of it with coffee or tea!

    • — Jasmina on February 18, 2021
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  • This cake was very easy to make and I added a handful of hazelnuts to the mix . I adjusted the baking time so that the cake was in the oven a bit longer – 4 m ins or so.
    The texture is lovely and moist and its a good sized loaf but I have to be honest it was not my best tasting banana bread as there just wasn’t enough banana – I used exactly what the recipe states I weighted it out – all blackened . It just tasted like a nice cake not banana bread . But toasting it did bring out the flavour a bit more . Question- could I increase the amount of banana – say a third large banana – without messing up the balance of the cake ? That would fix it .

    • — louise on February 10, 2021
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    • Hi Louise, I wouldn’t add another banana as it would make the bread too moist. You could maybe add a little additional banana but would not add a whole one. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on February 12, 2021
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  • Recipe was nice and simple to follow. My bread was not done in the middle, as my oven bakes uneven, so it appears darker but not a burnt flavor. I measured out the banana puree to 1 cup, but wished I had added extra. I added walnuts as well. Overall, very pleased!

    • — Keiks on February 9, 2021
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  • Excellent recipe! Made double batch today and it is just about gone. Love the the subtle sweetness of it, other recipes usually turn out too sweet. Added some nuts to it too and didnt have vanilla, or lemon juice and it still turned out fabulous!

    • — Lulu on February 7, 2021
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  • Perfect recipe! This is the second time I’ve made it because my family loves it so much!

    • — Dianne A. on February 6, 2021
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  • This is the only banana bread I will make. It turns out perfectly every single time.Everyone who I take it to loves it!!

    • — Christin on February 3, 2021
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  • Another winner from Jenn! Take her word for it that this bread gets even better the next day and is out of this world toasted – yummy!

    • — Jo Ann on February 1, 2021
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