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
    Love this recipe! It comes out so delicious and moist while it’s easy to follow, even for a newbie like me. Totally satisfies my craving for banana nut bread. I add chopped walnuts and use a muffin tin. I’m not buying store-bought banana bread EVER again!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday, and it turned out fantastic! I had 5 very ripe bananas, so I used all. Added 1 1/2 cups of deluxe mixed nuts that I chopped by hand (LOT of work!), and sprinkled a little sugar on top before baking. Other than that, stuck to the recipe. Baked 1 hour on convection. Turned out wonderful! My wife loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!! My family and I really enjoyed it so much. So far the best banana bread recipe I’ve come across. Definitely recommend adding some cashews and chocolate chips!!

  4. 5 stars
    This is honestly the only banana bread recipe that I’ve been successful with. I pass it along to all my friends. The only thing I fudge, is after I grease the loaf pan I sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the butter. I also put a brown sugar crumble on top. My stepson calls this the world famous banana bread. We absolutely love it!

  5. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this recipe. It will be my go to recipe from now on for banana nut bread. The salty marshmallow never disappoints with his recipes. The bread was battery, moist and tender . I’m going to claim this recipe as my own and pass it down to my grand kids as grandmas secret recipe! This is the highest honor I can give any recipe.Please forgive me for this slight deception!

  6. 5 stars
    Made it this morning with four s. Could probably have used just three individual loaf pans, but with the cup of chocolate chips, I figured I needed four. Nice and chocolaty. I used a light icing of powdered sugar and whole cream (which I was trying to use up), and everyone loved it. My last few baking experiences have been disappointing, but this recipe is perfect.

  7. I substituted one cup sugar for 1/2 cup raw coconut sugar and it turned out delicious with a caramel flavour! Mine took 60min to bake & I added a fourth banana & chopped filberts on top.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe was so easy, and the banana bread turned out moist and SO delicious! I actually had 4 over-ripe bananas that I needed to use up, so I went ahead and added the 4th banana to my batter and it was great. I did need to bake mine for closer to an hour, but otherwise I followed the recipe as written. This will be my go-to recipe for banana bread from now on. Thanks so much! 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      A delicious and simple recipe that makes your home smell incredible AND you get to enjoy a tasty treat. I toss in 1/4 cup of crushed walnuts and brush the loaf with butter after I take it out of the oven. FANTASTIC RECIPE!