A nice moist Banana Bread is one of the most famous quick bread recipes out there. Overripe bananas are mixed with a handful of pantry ingredients you likely have on hand!
This recipe is easy to make and perfect for adding your favorites from chocolate chips to walnuts.
Homemade banana bread is a quick bread recipe and perfect as a snack or dessert.
Bananas for Baking Banana Bread
How Ripe Should Bananas be for Banana Bread? They are sweetest and ripest when they are nicely spotted (with lots of black/brown spots) and are very soft.
If you notice your bananas are soft and don’t have time to make bread, peel them and freeze them. They can stay frozen for months and you will always be ready to bake with.
To Ripen Bananas Quickly
Ready to bake banana bread or banana cake but your bananas are just barely yellow? No problem!
To ripen bananas in the oven:
- Preheat to 350°F.
- Place bananas on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes (the skins will turn black).
- Cool completely and proceed with the recipe as directed.
How to Make Banana Bread
This is a classic banana bread recipe. It’s very basic and produces a moist loaf but it does welcome add-ins.
- Combine dry ingredients together per the recipe below and set aside.
- Combine remaining ingredients together, stirring in bananas last.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until combined.
- Bake as directed.
Serve fresh out of the oven or heated slightly with butter for an easy and delicious snack!
Banana bread can be made with any of these add-ins.
TIP: Toss the additions with a bit of flour before adding to the batter. This will help keep them from sinking to the bottom of the loaf.
- Nuts (toasted walnuts or pecans)
- Chocolate chips or peanut butter chips
- Toffee pieces
- Shredded carrots or zucchini
Tips for Moist Quick Breads
- Use the pan size called for in the recipe.
- Ensure your baking soda is fresh.
- Measure flour properly (by spooning the flour into the measuring cup, not scooping it with the measuring cup*)
- Mix just until moistened.
- Do not overbake. Ovens can vary, be sure to check your bread at least 10 minutes early.
- Remove from the pan to cool completely.
* Find more information on measuring flour here.
Quick bread is easy to store and will last about 5 days. Keep it wrapped in plastic wrap, foil, or in a sealed container at room temperature. It can be warmed for about 10 seconds in the microwave if desired.
To Freeze Banana Bread
Most quick bread can be frozen, just make sure they are sealed well.
Freeze in a zippered bag or an airtight container labeled with the date on it. Frozen banana bread should be good for about eight weeks. Thaw at room temp and serve!
Quick Breads You’ll Love
- Pumpkin Bread – perfectly spiced
- Easy Banana Bread Recipe – made with mayonnaise
- Chocolate Banana Bread – triple chocolate
- Lemon Blueberry Bread – great snack!
- Zucchini Bread – crazy moist!
- Pecan Coconut Banana Bread – lots of flavor
Moist Banana Bread
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup butter or vegetable oil
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ⅓ cups mashed bananas about 4 small
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour (or line with parchment paper) an 8x4 loaf pan.
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
- With a hand mixer on medium, combine butter and sugars in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in mashed bananas.
- Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake.
- Cool in the pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a rack.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Delicious. Made a loaf and muffins from one batch and added chocolate chips to one batch.
I’m making your banana bread recipe and really wanted to make a 9×5 loaf. No matter if I get the 2x or 3x recipe it still says use an 8×4 pan.
When using the 2x/3x this increases only the amount of the ingredients required, unfortunately it cannot automatically update the written portion of the recipe.
If you make 2x you will need two 8×4 loaf pans. If you make 3x you will need three 8×4 loaf pans. I hope that helps!
Looked at many recipe’s, going to give yours a try. Any concerns with a gas stove. I will let you know. Apparently my, rather my moms carrot cake recipe surpasses all carrot cakes
This recipe was delicious! I added 1 cup of sour cream to the mixture before adding dry ingredients. I’ve always done this, because I feel it helps with the bread to be moist. I used a muffin tin amd baked for 28min at 350 and then put the remainder of the mix in a loaf pan. I cooked the loaf an additional 7min. Everything came out perfect! Thank you for the recipe!!
Absolutely perfect banana bread. I followed the recipe as directed.
Best banana bread I ever made
Just made your banana bread recipe. However, I was kind of surprised that you didn’t mention baking powder on the ingredients list. I think it is a necessary element to any kind of cake batter, no? So, I did add it anyway just to be sure. Have not tried it, but it looks and smells deliciously!
Hi Caroline, we use baking soda in this recipe instead of baking powder and it turns out delicious every time! We would love to hear how it turned out for you with baking powder as well!
It would be nice if you put the degrees for a confection oven for cooking this banana net bread. It would be nice if you could tell us how to convert from regular oven to confection cooking.
Hi Marlene, the general rule when switching to a convection oven is to reduce the temperature by 25°F to accommodate. You will still want to check as it gets closer to the final baking time to ensure it doesn’t overcook!
Great little recipe. Never fails. I add blueberries.
Oh my! I made it with vegetable oil and it came out wonderfully moist and delicious. This will definitely be my go to recipe for banana bread. Was easy to make all I had my 5 and 8 year old do all the mixing. Thanks so much!
So happy to hear that, Bee! Such a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.
Followed the recipe to a T. Even when mixing the consistency did not seem right. It was thick and dry. I measured out the bananas after mashing them. There was not a very “banana” taste to the bread, turned out very dry. I made two batches, lined dishes with parchment, both were a bust. I felt it Needed more banana and less flour.
Sorry to hear that, Katie! I make this recipe all the time and love it as written. You can check out our flour guide to ensure you aren’t adding too much flour. Also for the banana flavor make sure to use ripe bananas. The riper the banana the strong the banana flavor will be. We also have this delicious banana bread recipe that may work better.
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Delish ! It was yummy I overbaked it 5 or 10 mins but it was still yummy ! Instead of salt I used lemon juice instead of white sugar I used brown sugar ! Thanx !
So happy you enjoyed it, Alice.
Hi Thank you for your banana bread recipe .
My daughter loves it and she always requested to make it for her snacks at school. It was very soft and moist.
So happy to hear that, Mary!
Honestly I’m not one to write reviews and I love a lot of your recipes but this was not it for me. Maybe it was the brown sugar that made it taste off, not sure but didn’t taste very good. I followed the recipe to a T too. Disappointing but maybe it just wasn’t for me! :) again love other recipes you have!
We do love this recipe as written but if this one wasn’t for you we have some other bread banana bread recipes that you might want to try! This easy banana bread has been on repeat in my house these past few weeks , or for some fun try this chocolate chip banana bread recipe!
Was good! I made three mini loaves filled 3/4 full and baked for about 40 minutes and they turned out perfect!
Not very flavorful. Took MUCH longer to bake than the recipe said. Definitely NOT a make again. Very disappointing.
Sorry to hear that, Delene. This recipe is usually a reader favorite and a personal favorite of mine! For extra flavor, be sure to use well-ripened bananas.
This is probably the BEST banana bread recipe I have ever tried. I make it ahead of time, freeze it, and thaw it out when we have overnight guests. It’s so easy to make, too!
Can i substitute whole wheat flour for this recipe? Or would I have to make adjustments?
While I have not tried it for this recipe, so can’t say for sure, my experience is that substituting one-quarter whole wheat for all purpose flour will work well. More may also work for some recipes, but I haven’t tried it. Some readers have made this banana bread with whole wheat with success!
For me this is the best banana recipe ever. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it. And i added some cubed cheddar cheese and it’s so good. I did need to cook my bread for about 55 minutes. It’s perfect
Cubed cheddar cheese! I would have never thought to add that, Heni. I will have to give it a try, thanks for sharing.
This was absolutely amazing banana bread! Very moist and sweet! I added an extra 1/4 cup of sugar and some chocolate chips and it came out perfectly! However, I did need to cook my bread 70 minutes to get the center completely cooked and used tinfoil to prevent the top from burning.