Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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This Easy Banana Bread is one of those recipes that I’ve made about a million times! Learn the trick to how to make banana bread extra moist and delicious.

With very few ingredients and only a few minutes of prep, this simple banana bread is the perfect way to enjoy your ripe bananas!

sliced banana bread made from easy banana bread recipe

This banana bread recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, that it’s perfect for busy households! And it makes a most delicious afternoon snack for hungry kids after school or an quick and easy breakfast paired with a warm mug of coffee!

Banana bread is the perfect way to use up bananas that are too ripe to enjoy eating anymore. And in fact, more ripe is even better! This makes the banana super easy to mash and sweet in flavor. A great muffin recipe that uses mashed bananas is my Banana Nut Crunch Muffins. So delicious!

This Easy Banana Bread recipe is one of the more moist banana bread recipes I’ve ever tried. Not only is it quick and delicious, it turns out perfectly every single time (just read the reviews below)!

A sliced loaf of banana bread made from an easy banana bread recipe

How to Make Banana Bread

This extra moist banana bread recipe is one of the easiest you’ll ever make.  You’ll simply take your dry ingredients and mix them with bananas (of course), mayonnaise and egg.

I make a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake which is to die for. If you have never had a bread or cake made with mayonnaise before, you MUST try it.  I know it may sound a little bit strange, but mayo is made of oil and eggs which are basically staple ingredients in this quick bread anyhow. This is how to make banana bread soft and moist. The result is the most crazy moist bread!

Butter melting over banana bread from a moist banana bread recipe

How to Make Banana Bread Moist

How Ripe Should Bananas Be for Banana Bread? You want your bananas to be ripe with many black spots, this means they’re soft and full of sugars.  Don’t let them get so ripe that they’re seeping liquid though. If you’re not going to get to your bananas before you  have a chance to use them, peel them and freeze them.  Just remember when you defrost them, put them in a bag or shallow dish because they will sweat and leak.

Tips for Moist Banana Bread

  • The batter to this recipe is very thick and you may be tempted to add more liquid… trust me, you don’t need it.  This bread is perfect just as it is.
  • The key to making good quick breads is do not overmix.
  • I love pecans in my banana bread but you can also use walnuts in this recipe or make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by adding chocolate chips.
  • Once cooled, serve it with Whipped Strawberry Butter, top it with an amazing Pecan Coconut Glaze or just keep it simple and spread it with a bit of butter.

Quick breads can sometimes be difficult to remove from the pan. A trick I have learned is to line my loaf pan with parchment paper leaving about 3 inches of paper folded over the top of the pan. This makes is super easy to hold onto and lift the loaf easily, and in one piece, out of the pan. Drop onto a cooling rack to finish cooling or straight onto a breadboard to slice and enjoy!

Banana Bread slices from a banana bread recipe that is easy to make and moist

How to Store Banana Bread

I much prefer to store this banana bread recipe on the counter, I find that refrigerating quick breads dries them out.

How long does Banana Bread last? In my house, about an hour and a half. Joking aside, banana bread should last about 3 days tightly sealed on the counter.

Can You Freeze Banana Bread? Yes, of course, this easy banana bread freezes beautifully.  You can either freeze the loaf as a whole or slice it and freeze the slices. To defrost a slice just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds or even just add it to the lunch box frozen, it’ll defrost in plenty of time for lunch! 

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Once you try it,  this award-winning easy banana bread recipe will definitely be your go-to recipe!

Print Recipe
4.79 from 23 votes
Servings: 12 servings
Easy Banana Bread
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread

This banana bread is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever tried. Not only is it quick and delicious, it turns out perfectly every single time! I add pecans but feel free to substitute your favorite nuts (like walnuts) or even add in chocolate chips.

Ingredients
  • 3 Medium Bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a bowl mix together mashed bananas, mayo and egg. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and pecans

  3. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just until combined. Note: The mixture will be very thick, do not over mix

  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  5. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 231, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 253mg, Potassium: 146mg, Carbohydrates: 31g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 0.9%, Vitamin C: 3.1%, Calcium: 0.9%, Iron: 5.6%

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A slice of Easy Banana Bread with butter

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This is an easy Banana Bread recipe that makes a soft and moist banana bread. Once you try this, it'll become your go-to to use ripe bananas. #spendwithpennies #bananabread #easybananabread #quickbananabread #nofail #nofailbananabread

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

151 comments on “Easy Banana Bread Recipe”

  1. Great Banana Bread. I used a little about 1/4 c walnuts and 1/4 c of chocolate chips. Great. Loved it

  2. First let me say that I absolutly hate mayonnaise and that includes miracle whip. I mean I have never had any potato salad, egg salad, macaroni salad etc, and I am in my 60’s, I don’t even want it on my skin , That being said I came across this recipe while I was looking for moist banana bread, I mash and freeze bananas when I have extra so I always have some on hand, quick and easy and they thaw quickly. I almost did not give this a try because of the mayo but I have had chocolate mayo cake and could not taste the mayo, so I felt really brave and gave it a try , So glad I did It is one of the best I have ever made so moist and tasty I could not taste any mayonnaise at all :-) I will be making this again. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This has become my go to recipe for banana bread. Recently I was in a location that didn’t have any bread pans so i used a muffin tin. Everyone loved these and as fast as I took them out of the oven they were gone! I made three batches!

  4. The best banana bake ever! Loved it 
    It all went so had to make more the next day 

  5. I can’t stop making this recipe I wait for my bananas to get right and then I make it my goodness is it delicious my family eats it so fast I can’t keep up with them

  6. Recipe was great. 5 stars.

  7. I just made this bread and it’s THE MOST MOIST banana bread I’ve ever made!!   Delicious!!!

  8. Super yummy and moist! Don’t let the mayo keep you from making this, it is the best banana bread I’ve made! I added semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter, but you could easily leave them out and it would be just as tasty!

  9. I’ve made this many times as recipe states-and is simply the BEST banana bread! So i am going to try subbing zucchini for the banana’s! Hopefully it turns out! two loaves in the oven! Hoping this works and can be my new go-to for zucchini bread too!! ;)

  10. This is THE best banana bread I have ever made

  11. Delicious and easy

  12. Great Recipe!! I used baking powder instead (since I had that on hand), and my husband who’s a professional chef, said this was the best banana bread he ever tasted! Thanks Holly!

  13. Absolutely the best banana bread I have ever made! Threw in a few mini chocolate chips also. Would have never thought of using mayonnaise. 

  14. This was the BEST! I used 1/4 cup each of mayo & Greek yogurt. Loved, loved it!! Thanks

  15. I need to make banana bread. This sounds really good. Never heard of Mayonnaise I’ll give it a try. I got lots of Rip bananas. It’s a good snow day for baking.

  16. Excellent banana bread and so easy to make.

  17. What happens when you overmix the batter?  My first time making this and my loaves turned out kinda flat, about an inch high!  Could also be because I mixed the ingredients in the wrong order?  I put in the flour first, then mixed in the other dry ingredients because I was over eager in making this recipe!! 

    • I’ve always had great success with this recipe, so I can’t say for sure what went wrong for you.

  18. Because it seemed easy, I had to try this recipe, not really expecting it to be good. I have been making banana bread for years now, and this is definitely the most moist, flavorful, and Delicious tasting. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

  19. I made this banana bread today and it is scrumptious!! I used 1/4 cup mayo and 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce. I also added a bit of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mine baked in 45 minutes to perfection at 350. Thanks for an awesome recipe!!

  20. Made tonight! Reminded me of home and mayonnaise cake with coffee!

  21. Very moist .. I used more bananas & cut sugar a bit .. very nice loaf . Will make again

  22. Mine turned out dry, I even baked for less time since I saw it was getting quite brown. The first time using mayo, but not sure what happened.

  23. Love this easy recipe. I do add cinnamon to my banana bread. Love to slice it and then put it in the toaster…… then butter it! Yummy! Thank you for sharing!

  24. I’ve make this 2 or 3 times a month!  Absolutely delicious!

  25. Just made it and it tastes very good. I will definitely make it again. Quick and easy. 

  26. Doubled this recipe and made a 9X13 cake, it was delicious and so moist. Definitely a keeper!

  27. My 17 year old loves this!  And he is hard to please.
    The only thing I do differently is that I use 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce instead of 1/2 cup of mayonaisse.
    Delicious!

  28. Hi!

    This recipe is very easy yet so perfect for a banana bread! It was my first time to bake banana bread and i bring one loaf in our office. They liked it very much that i need to do more. Hahah

    One question i have now is, can i bake 2 pans at the same time? Do i need to adjust the temperature or the hours of baking? Thank you so much!!!!

    Regards,
    Jessica

  29. The best tasting banana bread!

  30. I would caution anyone that is thinking about substituting Miracle Whip for the Mayo. The results will not be the same. I know because I tried it. Ick. On the other hand I’m anxious to try my Pickled Eggs next week! I just prepared them tonight. The next question is what to make tomorrow night to continue my streak.

  31. I like the idea of muffins. You could divide the batter, make some with nuts, some without and some with chocolate chips. Three varieties in one recipe! I need to try it soon.

  32. I <3 Banana Bread and so do my Family! This looks so delicious and the addition of Mayo makes it sound even better. Definitely going to give it a try. Thank you Holly for sharing this Recipe. I found it on a good Friends Facebook page! :)

  33. This turned out great! I was really skeptical about the mayo because I don’t like a “wet” banana bread, but it turned out perfectly.   I was hungry so I made muffins. It made six large muffins in 25 minutes

  34. Ugh, I don’t see oven temp anywhere. 

    • Sorry about that, we’ve had some new updates to make the site easier to navigate and somehow that line went missing. I’ve updated the post, you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  35. Made this bread just this morning for me and my husband- we both loved it! Super moist!
    (I added a drop of vanilla too for added sweetness)
    Mmmm!

  36. Thank you very much for this recipe! I am going to try it tomorrow, hopefully my family likes it. Only have to alternate it for european standards and I bought a pan, haha.

  37. Going to make this now but my bananas are frozen if I let them thaw out will they ok I alwYs buy bananas and end up freezing them before they go bad have used them in other receipts but didn’t really know if it’s ok

    • Yes, if you let the bananas thaw, they’ll be perfect for this bread! They may have a little bit of liquid when they defrost which I usually just discard.

  38. I’M a bad cook but your recipes make. It easy for me. Thank you

  39. Making this now looking good

  40. Hi. For the Banana bread recipe, should the temperature or timing be altered if you use a glass loaf pan instead of a metal one?

    • I don’t alter my temperature or timing for glass or metal pans. Only if it is a dark pan then use a lower temperature. Hope this helps.

  41. Have anything for Shepard’s Pie?

  42. I made this recipe it’s perfect and yummy

  43. hi if I used a mini muffin pan how long do I cook these or for a reg muffin pan

    • Not sure. You may have to check the oven every 5 minutes are so, to make sure the mini muffins aren’t over baking or burning.

  44. My husband doesn’t like nuts in foods. How would it work leaving them out? Would other ingredients need to be adjusted?

  45. Yes, just made this recipe and it is the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted. So easy to make! Thank you!☺☺☺

  46. Delicious, but too sweet! And I really need to skip sugar. So, I’ll take it off. Finally I used 2 parts of wholemeal flour, instead of flour.

  47. I enjoy your recipes please keep them coming .I get tired of cooking the same old thing .

  48. I, too, found mayo to be an interesting ingredient, but it worked wonderfully! I added half a teaspoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and chocolate chips instead of nuts. Delicious!

  49. Looking so forward to trying your wonderful recipes. Thanks so much.

  50. I make this recipe but instead of making it into a loaf I make it into muffins. They are much easier for the kids to handle and they can serve themselves instead of having to wait on an adult to cut it for them. They absolutely love them

  51. I have made this over 20times everyon love it. So moist and not too sweet. I use walnuts instead. Thanks

  52. When the recipe calls for flour, it does not say all purposes flour. However, it calls for salt and baking soda. But you have other recipes that do indicate all purpose flour. So I’m somewhat confused which to use. Should I assume it’s all , all purpose flour.

  53. I have made this three times now, and it’s delicious! Love the moistness of it. I added chocolate chips to the loaf from this morning…thanks for sharing!

  54. Looks great but what size loaf pan???????????? Pls. email me your response. :-)

  55. How many calories is the banana recipe and how many points is it on the weight watchers? Please let me know.

  56. I’ve made this bread at least 6x now, substituting chocolate chips for pecans and I love it! Somehow, I always end up with 3 overripe bananas but subconsciously, I think I just want an excuse to make this recipe. Thank you!

  57. I had a couple of bananas and some mayo left from a dip recipe. I sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on top and it’s in the oven right now. My daughters will be thrilled when they get home from school. They love banana bread. I have some other banana bread recipes that are delicious but use a lot more ingredients. This was so quick and easy to whip up. Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mothers Day to all of you moms.

  58. Will this recipe work with 2 ripe bananas?

  59. I don’t usually reply to the recipes I try but this was fabulous. I did use whole wheat flour and ground flax seed Oh & a few Tbsp of chia seeds. Made 9 delicious muffins. The Fam didn’t even know they were eating healthy. Thanks for sharing, definitely a keeper.

  60. Your banana bread recipe sounds so good, I look forward to making it, I have grandkids that love banana bread and they always ask me to make it for them! It will be nice to try a new recipe! What size loaf pan would do you use!

  61. Hi, i’m not familar with “mayo” here , is that the same with mayonnaise?

    Thanks for sharing

  62. Thank you, for the Banana Bread Recipe. I make a lot of Banana Bread, every year, and yours sounds yummy, can’t wait to try it!!!

  63. Can I use hellmanns with olive oil

  64. A must try

  65. Use peanut butter instead of mayo and chocolate chips instead of nuts. Disappears in a hurry

  66. This was the first time I made banana bread and it was a huge success!! Easy and delish!! Made 2 loafs!!

  67. I made this banana bread using miracle whip, four bananas and pecan pieces. Very moist bread. I eat it hot with butter. Very tasty bread. I also used a tablespoon of vanilla.

  68. So yummy and easy to make. Turned out delicious. I added semi sweet mini chocolate chips instead of pecans. Defiantly will make again, even with the mayo. I used the mayo brand it recommend.

  69. My “go to” recipe now. Just turned them into 6 large muffins. Filled tins half cup full and topped w/turbinado sugar. Moist and yummy! Thanks!

  70. Can you just use Self Rising Flour and not use baking powder?

  71. Turned out perfect! Really moist and delicious.

  72. Made this bread-love it!!! If I made it into muffins-how long to bake it?

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      I have never made this in muffin tins.. what a great idea! I would suggest filling the wells 3/4 full and baking at 350 degrees. I would check them at about 18-20 minutes. I’d love to hear how it works out for you if you try it!

  73. When u said Mayo, is it mayonaise?

  74. My very first ever attempt to make banana bread and what a triumph! I was really skeptical about the mayo but this is the perfect banana bread recipe! It is very easy, it cooks up perfect and moist, and tastes absolutely wonderful! I tried another banana bread recipe that called for whole wheat flour and applesauce, and I was very disappointed. That recipe was burning on the outside and then when cut into it was gooey and not done on the inside – and more importantly, it tasted horrible! So that has made this recipe with the mayo my staple for a banana bread recipe, this is the one I will always go to!

  75. Making this right now… It’s going in the oven right after I type this comment.
    I can’t wait to taste it!! I added chocolate chips! Yummy!!

  76. Great tasting and simple to make! Thanks for posting!

  77. I’m going to make the Banana bread right now. I’ll let you know how it goes :-)

  78. This recipe looks so good. I was looking for something for breakfast that is good for you, and easy. I need to make this and give it a try

  79. I love banana bread and this recipe looks delicious and simple to make, which is right up my alley.

  80. This does look easy to make! I like simple recipes, and this looks interesting with the addition of the mayo.

  81. That looks delicious and so easy to make. The chocolate chip idea is great because my husband doesn’t like nuts. Thanks for posting!

  82. This look like a recipe even I can do! I love banana bread but I always have to wait for my mom to make it! Won’t she be surprised when I bring her some!

  83. I have never heard of making banana bread with mayo. Defintely going to give it a try and throw some chocolate chips in too :)
    Thanks for the share!

  84. This looks delicious…!!! :) I’m hoping to make this soon, before the weather gets warm again.

  85. I love this bread, all by it self.

  86. I have 3 overripe bananas on my counter right now just begging to be made into bread! I just printed your recipe and look forward to trying your banana bread this afternoon! Thanks for the recipe!! :)

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