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Banana Bread Recipe

Our Best Banana Bread Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


This easy banana bread recipe is simply the best! This moist, sweet, golden quick bread is a kitchen essential.


  • 2 cups* mashed ripe bananas (3 very large or 5 medium bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter** (or neutral oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups [280 g] all-purpose flour
  • Optional mix ins: 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or toasted walnuts, 3/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 5″ loaf pan. Line the pan with a piece of parchment paper, cut so that it extends on two sides to easily remove the bread from the pan.
  2. Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl, enough for 2 cups. Whisk in the eggs. Switch to a spatula and stir in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir in the baking soda, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Add the flour and gently stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. 
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake 55 to 60 minutes*, until the top is set and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out with a few clinging crumbs (or the internal temperature is 200°F). 
  5. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge and invert the loaf onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. (If desired, allow to cool fully and top with a glaze.***)
  6. Storage info: The bread lasts 5 days at room temperature wrapped in aluminum foil, refrigerated for 10 days, or frozen for 3 months (slice it into pieces and wrap it in plastic wrap then a freezer-safe bag or container).


*If you only have 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas, you can make this recipe in an 8 x 4″ loaf pan using 1 1/2 cups bananas and 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. You can also make it with 1 1/2 cups bananas and flour in a 9 x 5″ pan, but it will not be as tall in shape. The bake time will vary based on pan size and batter amount, so watch and adjust accordingly.

**To make brown butter banana bread, brown the butter and then cool it in the freezer for 15 minutes before using in the bread.

***Try maple glaze, cream cheese glaze or vanilla glaze. See the section above for notes about cinnamon sugar or streusel toppings. 

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian