Best Banana Bread

This Best Banana Bread is truly the best Banana Bread recipe!

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Sure, there are a lot of good banana bread recipes out there, and everyone claims they bake the best banana bread.  I’m here to tell you that this recipe is the best.  I do have a lot of easy banana bread recipes on this website, but this recipe is easy and delicious.

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I don’t know about you, but when I make a loaf of banana bread, it does not last a day in my house.  That banana bread will be gone by dinner.  And my hungry teenager probably will have eaten about half of it!

What are the tricks for making a good banana bread?

Ripe bananas!  Ripe bananas will have a much sweeter flavor than the fresher variety. You want to use some good, ripe bananas for the best flavor.

Dairy!  Dairy helps give banana bread a nice, moist texture.  This recipe uses milk.

Dark Brown Sugar!  Many banana bread recipes call for using only white sugar, but using brown sugar gives banana bread a richer flavor.  This recipe uses a combination of both white and brown sugars.

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Is there any way to ripen bananas if your bananas aren’t quite there yet?

Fortunately, the answer to that question is, “yes!”  It’s ideal if you have bananas that are soft and covered with brown freckles.  If your bananas are not ripe, bake unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet in a 250°F oven until soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool, peel, and start baking. 

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We are lucky that this recipe makes two loaves of banana bread!  Eat one loaf now, and freeze one loaf to eat later.

Can you freeze banana bread?

Yes!  Banana bread freezes nicely. Wrap your extra banana bread loaf in plastic wrap several times tightly to lock in freshness and hold the shape. Slip the wrapped banana bread into a large freezer zip baggie to protect it a bit more. The bread will stay fresh for 2 to 4 months in the freezer.

If you’d like to freeze individual slices, that’s okay too.  Just wrap each individual slice with plastic wrap and place the wrapped slices in a large freezer zip baggie.  Take out slices, as desired, to thaw and enjoy.  This is especially nice to do when you’re sending slices off with someone in the morning for breakfast or when adding slices to lunch boxes.

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Best Banana Bread

Absolutely the very best banana bread recipe!

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword best banana bread, best banana bread recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 16 servings (2 loaves)
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9x5-inch loaf pans.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the sugar and butter. Beat eggs slightly, and mix into the creamed mixture with the bananas. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just combined. Stir in the milk and vanilla.

  4. Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pans, and bake for 75 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Best Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (each loaf cut into 8 slices))
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Potassium 208mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 29g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 8.8%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Sommer wrote:

    I love to have a slice of this for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

  • Aimee Shugarman wrote:

    This turned out so flavorful and moist. LOVE IT.

  • Laura Reese wrote:

    Oh how we love banana bread! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Becky Hardin wrote:

    Banana Bread is one of my all time favorites! Right out of the oven with a little butter … yum!

  • Lexee wrote:

    My bananas needed to be used, perfect! Thank you!

  • Megan Brantley wrote:

    Aunt Lori- Made this recipe using the mini loaf pans @350 degrees for 25 min… came out perfectly. YUMMM

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You are the best. Thank you for sharing your success with my readers 🙂

  • Blinker wrote:

    This is he best I have ever made! Very easy.