best banana bread recipe

Here is the absolute best banana bread recipe out there.

If you are looking for the best banana bread recipe, you have come to the right place! 

This super easy recipe will have the aroma of ripe bananas and vanilla making the whole house smell so yummy and comforting. And it goes great with hot drinks like lemon verbena tea or old fashioned hot cocoa.

It's not hard to know why this is the very best and easy banana bread recipe you will ever need.

This moist and classic banana bread recipe will make a double batch so that you have some to freeze for later.

Let's get into the world's best banana bread recipe.

best banana bread recipe 


Banana Bread Ingredients

1 Cup Butter (very soft but not melted)

1.5 Cups Sugar

2 Tsp Pure Vanilla

4 Eggs

7 Bananas (If taking these out of the freezer, they should be at room temperature before you start)

3 Cups Flour

2 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Salt

Banana Bread Instructions

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Step 2. Butter a large cookie sheet (11x17 inches).

Step 3. Cream together the butter and sugar until creamy.

Step 4. Add in the vanilla and eggs and stir until creamy again.

Step 5. Add in the bananas. It will look curdled and that's ok.

Step 6. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and then add into your banana mixture. Only stir until blended through.

Step 7. Pour onto your cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes or until a tester (like a fork or toothpick) inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 8. Let the banana bread cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing.

How To Freeze Banana Bread

If you are going to freeze the banana bread, be sure that it's completely cooled before putting it in the freezer to prevent condensation and ice crystals forming.

Step 1 - Let banana bread completely cool.

Step 2 - Wrap the banana bread in parchment paper.

Step 3 - Wrap the banana bread in cling wrap nice and tight so no air can get in.

Step 4 - Label the banana bread with the date. You can use freezer stickers found here on Amazon.


Banana bread will last for about 5 months in the freezer if wrapped nice and tight. You can also make this same recipe to make and freeze banana bread muffins too.

banana bread recipe

Feel free to alter this recipe and make it your own by adding chocolate chips, nuts or whatever extras you like.

This is a great banana bread recipe if you are feeding a crowd or have company coming over. If you have a ton of bananas or know that company is coming in from out of town, make two or three batches to freeze for later.

Aren't bananas perfect that you can use them this way?

banana bread recipe

Tips For Moist Banana Bread

  1. Overripe Bananas: Start with overripe bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter and moister your banana bread will be. Look for bananas with brown spots or fully brown skins.

  2. Proper Flour Measurement: Accurate measuring of flour is crucial. Use a kitchen scale or fluff the flour with a fork before gently spooning it into your measuring cup and leveling it off. This prevents a dry banana bread.

  3. Moisture-Rich Ingredients: Incorporate moisture-rich ingredients like sour cream, yogurt, or buttermilk into your batter. These additions enhance the bread's moistness and texture.

  4. The Right Fat: Use both butter and a small amount of vegetable oil in your recipe. Butter adds flavor, while the oil contributes to moistness.

  5. Brown Sugar: Opt for brown sugar instead of granulated sugar. Brown sugar contains molasses, which adds moisture and a deeper flavor to your banana bread.

  6. Don't Overmix: Mix the batter until just combined. Overmixing can overdevelop gluten, resulting in a denser and drier bread.

  7. Baking Time and Temperature: Bake at the correct temperature (usually around 350°F or 175°C) and use a toothpick to check for doneness. Insert it into the center of the bread; if it comes out with a few moist crumbs but no wet batter, it's done.

  8. Banana Mashing: Mash the bananas thoroughly, ensuring there are no large lumps. This helps distribute the banana flavor evenly throughout the bread.

  9. Fold in Ingredients: When adding nuts, chocolate chips, or other mix-ins, gently fold them into the batter to avoid overmixing and to maintain a tender crumb.

  10. Cool Properly: Allow your banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack. Cooling gradually helps retain moisture.

By following these ten tips, you'll be on your way to creating a homemade banana bread that's not only moist but also bursting with flavor. Enjoy the delightful aroma and irresistible taste of your freshly baked banana bread.

best banana bread recipe

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Another Freezer Recipe To Try

Now that you have made the most delicious banana bread, you might want to head on over to our Zucchini Bread recipe. It's just as easy and tasty!

Be sure to check out our article How To Make EASY Homemade Butter to go with this banana bread recipe.


2 Responses


April 12, 2020

Hi Hannah, so glad you found this recipe helpful! It’s our favorite and we make it all the time for our families. Have a wonderful day. – Shawna

Hannah Flack
Hannah Flack

March 17, 2020

can’t wait to try the recipes for Passover!! Thanks for the great recipes. I appreciate it so much!!
Regards Hannah Flack

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