This easy Banana Bread recipe is a no-fail favorite that always comes out perfectly moist.

With a handful of ingredients that you likely have on hand and only a few minutes of prep, you’re going to start buying extra bananas just for this recipe!

baked Easy Banana Bread

Why We Love This Easy Banana Bread

  • Quick: This banana bread is so quick to prepare you’ll probably have it ready to go before your oven even finishes preheating!
  • Easy Ingredients: The ingredients are items I always have on hand so that I can make this at a moment’s notice.
  • Extra Moist: The banana bread in this recipe is deliciously moist with a tender crumb, just as it should be.
  • Versatility: Banana bread can be customized with various add-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, or spices!

Ingredients Needed

Bananas – Use overripe bananas with many black spots; they’ll be soft and full of sugars. You can peel them and freeze them to bake with at a later date, too.

Eggs & Oil – Eggs and oil add moisture to quick breads like zucchini bread and, of course, this recipe.

Mayonnaise – I also replace some of the oil with mayonnaise (which is made of… eggs and oil)! While this may seem like a weird ingredient, as you can see from the reviews, it is the perfect addition! No butter is needed; the mayo adds extra moisture.

Add-Ins – You can add pecans, walnuts, or stir-in chocolate chips to this banana bread recipe to change the flavor.

How To Ripen Bananas Quickly

Uh oh! You have beautiful yellow bananas, perfect for a smoothie or banana pudding, but not so much for baking!

  • To ripen in 1-2 days: place them in a brown paper bag (with other ripe fruit if you have any) and seal.
  • To ripen immediately, bake at 300°F for 15-20 minutes. Cool before using in this recipe.
Two slices of banana bread with melting butter on top

How to Make Banana Bread

Banana Bread with Mayonnaise? I know it may sound a little strange, is makes a moist banana bread recipe.

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (per recipe below).
  2. Combine bananas (of course), mayonnaise, and egg in a second bowl.
  3. Mix the two together just until moist (image below, the batter should be lumpy).
  4. Pour into a greased pan and bake.

Tips for a Moist Banana Bread

  • The batter has a thick texture; do not add extra liquid or extra bananas. Extra bananas can make the bread too dense.
  • As with all quick breads, do not overmix. Stir with a spoon (not a mixer) just until incorporated.
  • Do not overcook. Ovens can vary; check your bread at least 10 minutes before the cooking time is up.
  • Seal well once cooled (a freezer bag works well too).
  • For easy removal, line the loaf pan with parchment paper leaving about 3 inches of paper folded over the top of the pan.
A sliced loaf of banana bread made from an easy banana bread recipe

How to Store Banana Bread

Banana bread should last about 3 days, in an airtight container on the counter.

To FREEZE: You can either freeze the loaf as a whole or slice it and freeze the slices. To thaw a slice, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds or even just add it to the lunch box while it’s still frozen, it’ll thaw in plenty of time for lunch!

Use Up Those Ripe Bananas!

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

This banana bread is one of the easiest recipes and turns out perfectly moist every time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients  

  • 3 medium bananas about 1 cup mashed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup pecans chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Mash the bananas with a fork. In a medium bowl, mix together mashed bananas, mayo, and egg. In a separate large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pecans
  • Add the flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just until combined. Note: The mixture will be very thick, do not over mix.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

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Notes

To Ripen Bananas Quickly bake at 300°F for 15-20 minutes. Cool before using.
Avoid adding extra bananas; this can make the bread too dense. You should have about 1 cup of mashed bananas, if it’s a little bit over or under it’s okay in this recipe.
As with all quick breads, do not overmix. Stir just until incorporated.
Check your bread at least 10 minutes before the bake time is up.
Line the loaf pan with parchment paper leaving about 3 inches of paper folded over the top of the pan for easy removal.
To Make Muffins, divide over 12 muffin wells and bake for 14-18 minutes or just until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake.
4.98 from 2455 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 231 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
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    1. Hi Mary, Step 1 says “Preheat the oven to 350°F” and in Step 4, it says to “bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.” Enjoy the banana bread!

  1. I love this recipe!
    I’ve used it so many times over the past few years. I always split it up in small loaves. The bread is about 1 1/2 pounds ea.) I use three round glass Pyrex dishes.
    This time making it I didn’t have any nuts so I substituted semi sweet chocolate morsels instead of the nuts So if you’re allergic to nuts, this is a good idea. I will give these to my grown up kids as a take home treat at Christmas and other times.
    Can’t say enough good things about this recipe. Just love it!5 stars

  2. This is my go-to recipe for banana bread every time. I like to add chocolate and peanut butter chips or even peanut butter. Sometimes, just as is. The mayonnaise is a great idea. Thanks for the easy and amazing recipe, Holly!5 stars