Classic Banana Bread

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Classic Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe is a family favorite… very moist and flavorful, and it turns out perfect every time.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain low fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 8x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

3. In a separate large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Don't over-mix.

4. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.


*If you come up short on mashed banana, add unsweetened applesauce to make up the difference. It will make your bread nice and moist, and it won't add apple flavor to the bread.


Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/12 of the loaf
Calories per serving: 217
Fat per serving: 5.07g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2.82g
Sugar per serving: 20.74g
Fiber per serving: 1.29g
Protein per serving: 3.90g
Cholesterol per serving: 45.83mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 39.58g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 5

Source: (Adapted from Cooking Light)

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  • Meggs wrote:

    I have loved this recipe for over a year now! Makes perfect bread every time. I love the healthy ingredients, that it makes for a sweet but non-guilty treat! Your recipe inspired me to make it my own, by tweaking it a bit each time I baked it. I love it so much I have it will be featured on my new blog tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa Cornely wrote:

    I’m always looking for a good banana bread recipe and this one is a keeper. I like the yogurt in the batter, it makes the bread tender and fluffy. Thanks for the recipe

  • Lesley wrote:

    Oh, I just made this, and it’s amazing. <3

  • cj wrote:

    just added a cup of fresh big blueberries!!!!marvelous. my adult kids are bring me ripe bananas now because i have given them loaves the last 3 weeks. i just cant seem to eat bananas soft!!

  • Mararia wrote:

    thanks por your answer,
    I did it today! I change same ingredients, I substitute sunflower oil instead butter, then buttermilk instead yogurt and banana extract instead vanella extract. the result was a very soft ,sponjy and tasty banana bread. we loved it!
    try this link

  • Mararia wrote:

    I love banana bread, would it be ok if I added buttermilk instead yogurt?

    thanks for the nutrition facts!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Mararia, I’m not quite sure… try it and let me know if it’s ok w/ the sub!

  • Ruth wrote:

    Did I missed the salt, I didn’t see it on the recipe? It looks great, I’m baking one right now.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Ruth, Yikes! Added salt in the ingred. list. Hope you like it!

  • Michelle wrote:

    I added 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped pecans! Tastes great!!!!

  • Joanna wrote:

    I’m bookmarking this one! Thanks for posting it and the nutrition information….i appreciate that!

  • Elle wrote:

    There’s something so comforting about banana bread! I love the photo–it’s gorgeous!