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!

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The Best Easy Banana Bread

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, the riper the 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.  

Banana Bread with Mayonnaise? 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!

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Review Recipe

Easy Banana Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
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.


  • 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

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  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%

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

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  1. Hi! I live in a town in Colorado where high altitude baking is a challenge. Do you know if adding 2 tbsp of flour will completely fry this out> Thank you, I love your recipes.

  2. My husband took one bite and said this is the best banana nut bread I’ve made yet! He wanted me to add it as a staple to our favorites. Very, very moist! Loved it!

  3. Easy! No creaming butter and sugar! Quick prep! Absolutely delicious! I do think the best ever! Gave a slice to an 85- year- old neighbor who called and asked if I’d remember her the next time I made it Trying it now with chocolate chips for son-in-law who doesn’t eat pecans.

  4. Oh.My.Word. Don’t question this, just go ahead and make it exactly as written. Who knew? Best, most moist banana bread EVER. Hubby went crazy over this. And easy peasy too. Hot out of the oven, incredible, and ridiculously good the next day or two if it makes it that long. So happy to have found this site and Hollys recipes. Very grateful I had three overripe bananas on hand!

  5. This recipe is perfect! Simple and delicious! The only thing I changed is subbing the 1tsp of baking soda for 3tsp of baking powder. I had a bunch of overly ripe bananas that needed saving and no baking soda but substituting baking powder worked perfectly! Just make sure to use 3tsp for every 1tsp of baking soda. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you!

  6. Thank you for the recipe! My oldest doesn’t do nuts for health reasons, but the bread turned out beautifully without them. I made the bread so as not to toss out bananas on their last day. There now will never be a banana thrown out by me, thanks to you…

  7. These are amazing! I say these because I have kids headed back to college and made muffins. Some plain, some with pecans, some with coconut and pecans, coconut only and even peanut butter (my son’s idea)and chocolate chips! They freeze well and took no time! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I used this recipe for my first time making banana bread. Not sure why banana bread always seems intimidating to make but this recipe was simple to follow! I followed the recipe to a T but I added some chocolate chips and chopped walnuts and the bread is DELICIOUS! Will absolutely make again. Thanks for sharing such a simple and delicious recipe!!!

  9. This was my first time making banana bread. I thought it was hard but with this recipe I was super excited that I finally made banana bread. I’ve been wanting to make banana2 bread and Finally I made it in 2019..lol thank you so much for this easy wonderful recipe

  10. Made my first banana bread recipe using your recipe. Wow! What an amazing, moist, yummy, incredible banana bread! I’m so used to moist banana breads having a little bit of dryness, yet good enough for no butter…but this goes beyond words! My best…My first Yummalicious banana bread! Thank you for a very good recipe!

  11. I’ve baked many classic banana breads but this is the most moist and flavorful of all. I’ve added it to my iPad screen as a “favorite”, it will definitely be my “go to” recipe for quick bread. I can’t wait to try your other recipes. Thank you Holly.

  12. Omg best banana bread ive ever made. I was skeptical about using mayo and i will never make banana bread any other way. Amazing. My 6 year old LOVES it too. Thank you!!!

  13. 5 Stars!!! My first b bread that wasn’t still soggy in the middle. 350 for an hour, no more no less. Maybe the Mayo was the secret ingredient, i don’t know. But the toothpick was dry! I couldn’t believe it! Highly recommend!!!!

  14. I made this today ( only had 2 bananas that were on their way out!) But so fantastic and easy I had to comment and say how wonderful this recipe is! Even with only the 2 bananas it made a delicious treat! I’m a fan!

  15. My daughter added dates chopped up along with glazed pecans and it was amazing.  Thanks for sharing this secret ingredient in your recipe. 

  16. Being in UK we have different names for our products sometimes.

    Can you tell me was it plain or selfraising flour used? also what type of sugar, castor/granulated/icing/demorara?

    1. Unless otherwise specified, I use “plain” all purpose flour and granulated sugar. Hopefully that helps for the future Marnie!

  17. Do you have any suggestions on if you want to substitute mayo, instead of oil, in other recipes? Is it a simple 1 to 1 switch, like apple sauce, or is there more to it? I googled but didn’t really find an answer.

  18. Eating this now, SO MOIST, SO GOOD! I just added a little cinnamon & vanilla. I was going to add nuts to the top but forgot ’em, doesn’t matter this is the BEST banana bread. Going back for seconds… OK thirds.

  19. I want to make this for a youth group fundraiser. I will be going out of town on Thursday and the bake sale is on Saturday. What is the best way to store this bread so that it can be sold at the bake sale? Wrapped in plastic or foil? On the counter or in the fridge or freezer? If I freeze it, how long will it take to thaw?


    1. I would suggest cooling completely, wrapping in plastic wrap and freezing. If you freeze it as a whole loaf, it should defrost within a few hours. If you freeze individual slices, it should take about 20 minutes to defrost each slice. Good luck with your fundraiser!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

    1. This is the best I have ever made. I love it and so does the rest of the gang! It’s moist and tasty! You will just want to make more and eat more. SO so so good! mmmmmmmmm~

  22. 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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!! ;)

  25. 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!

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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!! 

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

    2. I find that if my eggs aren’t really fresh my breads come out flatter. Make sure the yolk in your eggs “stand up” it’ll make it rise higher! Mine is in the oven now! Can’t wait!

  29. 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.

  30. 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!!

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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!!!!


  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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! :)

  38. 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

    1. 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.

  39. 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)

  40. 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.

  41. 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

    1. 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.

  42. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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

  48. 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.

      1. I went through all the comments to find this one answer…i was thinking to myself…someone has got to wonder about the same thing…lol…well im going to make my bread now…yum yum

  49. 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!

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

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

    1. I have only made the recipe as written (with 3 bananas). If your bananas are fairly large the recipe will still likely work.

  53. 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.

  54. 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!

  55. 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!!!

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

    1. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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!!

  61. 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

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

  63. 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!

  64. 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!

  65. 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!! :)