Best Banana Bread Recipe is so easy to make and super soft and moist!  The very best way to use up overripe bananas this bread is tender and packed full of flavor!

banana bread sliced

 

Since I have already shared with you my family’s favorite Chocolate Chip Banana Bread it was time to give you my very best classic recipe as well!  If you love all things banana, then make up these Banana Nut Muffins too, one bowl, so easy, so GOOD!

What Is The Best Banana Bread Recipe?

To make the very best banana bread that comes out super moist, it is important to start out with those ugly, overripe bananas!  In the picture below you can see the bananas that I used for this recipe post.  These bananas are just ripe enough to work with.  They need to be a dark yellow with lots of browning.  You can use bananas that are even darker than this! The riper the bananas, the more moist your bread will be and the more banana flavor it will have!

How Do You Keep Banana Bread Moist?

The best way to keep banana bread moist for days is to wrap it tightly!  Once your bread is baked and cooled, I recommend wrapping tightly in plastic wrap.  Then, take a second step and store it in a large zip top freezer bag or a plastic container with a tight fitting lid.  Stored this way on the counter, your bread will last up to 3 days.  If you’d like, you can store it wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

ripe bananas

How to Make Banana Bread:

This recipe makes one loaf of banana bread.  The first step is to preheat your oven and prepare a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray or grease with butter.

  • Next, take a large bowl as seen below and whisk together your dry ingredients.  This will include the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl melt your butter in the microwave, then add in the bananas and mash until mostly smooth.
  • Add your eggs and vanilla to your mashed banana mixer and use your fork to combine everything really well, until you no longer see any streaks of eggs.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together with a spatula just until combined.  Don’t overmix.
  • Now, you are ready to pour your batter into your prepared pan and bake!

**NOTE:  You can also mash your bananas with the melted butter in your stand mixer if preferred.

how to make banana bread

Can you Freeze Banana Bread?

Yes!  If you’d like to freeze this then allow it to cool completely at room temperature on a plate or wire rack once it comes out of the oven.  Once cool, wrap the bread in plastic wrap, then wrap in foil.  Freeze the bread for up to 2 months for best results.

To thaw the bread, remove from the freezer and allow it to come to room temperature, covered on the counter.  This will take about 24 hours.

loaf of banana bread

Enjoy!

~Nichole

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Best Banana Bread Recipe

Best Banana Bread Recipe is so easy to make and super soft and moist!  The very best way to use up overripe bananas this bread is tender and packed full of flavor!
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Total 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 Loaf

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray or grease with butter and set aside.
  • Add the stick of butter to a large bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until melted.
  • Add the bananas to the same bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Add the vanilla extract and egg to the bowl and use the same fork to mash and stir until no yellow streaks of egg remain.
  • In a second large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together with a spatula just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

Video

Notes

NOTE ON SUBSTITUTIONS:  I've had a couple of questions about substituting the vanilla extract in this recipe.  As always the recipe is best as written!  I don't recommend using almond extract, because the flavors just don't seem to pair well and the almond overtakes the banana.  You CAN add banana extract if you'd like, but, keep in mind it will have more of an artificial banana flavor.
NOTES ON STORING THIS BREAD:  To keep your bread moist, allow it to cool completely then wrap in a layer of plastic wrap and then store in a freezer size zip-top bag, or a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid.  It will last on the counter for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.  Alternately, you can wrap and freeze for up to 2 months.  
NOTE ON LOAF PAN:  For this recipe you will use a standard size about 9x5 inch loaf pan for one loaf of bread.  Alternately, you can use a standard sized muffin tin and bake for around 25-30 minutes.
NOTE ON ADDITIONS:  You can add 1 Cup of chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter before baking if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice, Calories: 168kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 270mg, Potassium: 157mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 300IU, Vitamin C: 3.3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This is my go-to banana bread recipe. Super moist and just the perfect touch of cinnamon. Usually add chocolate chips and top with sugar for some crunch.
    Not sure if it’s just me or not but spay coating the pan makes the bread tough. Not just this recipe but any recipe I can usually detect whether it’s been buttered or sprayed. Anyone else found this to be true?

  2. 5 stars
    You’re a photographer… being honest I love this recipe but I almost didnt make it because of your photograph you have in this page it actually looks gross Im not sure what the white stuff is on the bread and sometging is gooped i front of it on the board it is sitting on other wise I absolutely love the recipe it just takes longer to bake than 1 hour

  3. 5 stars
    My family loves this. The cinnamon is the secret ingredient that just really makes it. This is my go to recipe. Thank you so much! It’s so easy but always a winner.

  4. Good recipe i will make this recipe again yummy i added 1 tsp of brown sugar and followed the recipe cooked about 55 min

  5. 5 stars
    I went through so many recipes trying to find the right one for banana bread, and nothing ever really “wowed” me. This one is it! I’ve been making this one for a couple of years now and won’t be looking for another recipe.
    The only issue I ever have, and it’s really with any banana bread recipe I have tried, so it may just be an oven (or ME) issue, is that there is almost always a spot that is not completely done.
    This last time, I have a new gas oven and baked for the full 55 minutes, and it was 99% done. I can deal with that.
    But, this recipe is amazing in taste and texture and rises nicely, too. It’s also super easy to throw together.
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made this banana bread so many times!! I follow the recipe to the tee! My family loves it. Taste so good. 😋

  7. 5 stars
    I lowered the oven temp to 325 and it baked for about an hour and 15 minutes on a cookie sheet. I wrapped in foil all around the last 30 minutes to keep from over browning. I also cut the sugar in half, added a half a cube extra of melted butter, and extra cinnamon and vanilla.
    Scrumptious!!!!!!