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Best Banana Bread Recipe

This is simply the best banana bread recipe; we keep coming back to it. This easy banana bread boasts supreme moistness and big banana flavor without distractions.

banana bread loaf on a plate
This banana bread recipe uses 6 whole bananas, for intense banana flavor.
Banana Bread With Bite Out of It
This banana bread comes out tender and moist, every time.

The Best Banana Bread Recipe is Simply Classic

If you’re a banana bread fan, this recipe for our all time Best Banana Bread is 200% for you. We didn’t fool around with this classic, extra moist banana bread recipe because why mess with a great thing?

There’s a time for experimenting with banana bread variations — Hello, One-Bowl Healthy Banana Bread, which is crazy delicious without any refined sugar or dairy. There are [obviously] moments when chocolate is called for, as in Banana Ricotta Chocolate Bread.

However, when we’re craving pure banana bread where nothing but bananas shine, front and center, we always come back to our Best Banana Bread Recipe.

This easy banana bread recipe is loaded with pure banana flavor and as tender as it gets. Time to let those super-ripe bananas do their magic.

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We keep things purely banana-focused with this bread, but feel free to add cinnamon or nutmet.

Key Ingredients

  • Six medium-sized, overly ripe bananas – the more brown spots, the better. And yes, it says 6 bananas…not a typo.
  • 2 fresh large eggslet them sit out long enough to reach room temperature.
  • Real butter, softened to moderate room temp. Don’t let the butter get so soft that it’s close to melty, though.
  • Pure vanilla extract, as it’s a great assist to the bananas.
  • A mixture of white and brown sugar. The white sugar keeps texture light, while brown sugar complements the ripe bananas.

Key Steps

  1. Mash 6 medium-sized, very overripe bananas.
  2. Use electric mixer to mix together the wet ingredients.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients by hand.
  4. Use rubber spatula to fold wet and dry ingredients, just until no flour streaks remain.
  5. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out with a few tender crumbs attached.
  6. Wait until loaf is FULLY COOL before slicing!
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To ensure the correct measurement of dry/wet ingredients, use the scoop and level method of measuring.

Tips for Perfect Quick Bread

  • Use a lighter colored nonstick 9×5 loaf pan, if possible. The lighter color prevents edges from getting overly browned too quickly, and nonstick surfaces ensures that this moist banana bread will remove easily.
  • Use a stand mixer (or electric hand mixer) to cream together the softened butter with the white/brown sugars. This part is not to be rushed; take the minutes necessary for butter/sugar mixture to achieve a fluffy and light consistency.
  • When folding together the dry and wet ingredients, take care not to over-mix. Fold just until no dry flour streaks remain. Always keep in mind that over-mixing results in a coarser/dry texture, which we want to avoid.
  • Once toothpick inserted into the center of your banana bread comes out almost clean with a few tender crumbs attached, the loaf is done. Don’t wait until toothpick is 100% clean, or you’ll risk over-baking.
  • Allow your banana bread loaf to cool to room temp, or at least lukewarm before loosening from pan. Quick breads have a solid reputation of becoming more tender/moist the next morning.
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Once a toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out with a few tender crumbs, your banana bread is done.

Make Banana Bread Ahead of Time

If you’re anything like me, you appreciate baked goods that can be frozen and taken out to serve when needed. This moist banana bread can be frozen as a whole baked loaf or in slices. Just be sure that the bread has cooled to room temp before wrapping airtight and freezing.

Just thaw at moderate room temp prior to serving. I usually take it out the night before I want to serve it. If you’d like to serve thawed banana bread warm, slice the bread and warm it up in oven or toaster for a few minutes just until warmed through.

Banana Bread Slices Being Served
This banana bread is always a hit when shared with family and friends.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What causes banana bread not to rise?

Be sure to use super fresh baking soda, as this is the most important aspect to a good rise in banana bread. It’s highly recommended to switch out your baking soda every 3 months.

What if my banana bread is too dense?

It’s really important to measure dry/wet ingredients accurately. Aside from using a food scale, the scoop and level method is your best friend when it comes to baking.

Does banana bread need to be refrigerated?

As long as your kitchen is at moderate room temperature, banana bread is best kept wrapped airtight on the counter for a couple of days. It does not need to be chilled, unless you’re planning to keep it longer than that.

Can I freeze banana bread?

This banana bread recipe is ideal for freezing. Simply wrap it airtight and freeze 1-2 months. Let it come to room temperature the night before you want to serve it.

Can I use frozen bananas for this banana bread recipe?

Absolutely. Be sure to defrost bananas and drain all excess moisture from them prior to using in the recipe.

How can I tell when my banana bread is done?

We always use this method: insert toothpick into the thickest center of banana bread to check for doneness. Once toothpick comes out with just a few tender crumbs attached, it’s done.

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Best banana bread

Best Banana Bread Recipe

4.93 from 188 ratings
This is simply the best banana bread recipe; we keep coming back to it. This easy banana bread is moist and offers huge banana flavor without distractions.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10
Author: Amy Dong



  • Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position. Grease a nonstick 9×5 loaf pan (light colored pan, if possible.) Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down sides and paddle as needed (2-3min.) Add eggs and beat on medium-low speed just until combined. Add mashed bananas and vanilla extract; continue beating just until mixture is incorporated. Remove bowl from stand mixer and set aside.
    Banana Bread Wet Ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt until combined. Add flour mixture to bowl with banana mixture.
    Banana Bread Dry Ingredients
  • Use a rubber spatula to fold dry and wet ingredients together just until no flour streaks remain, scraping down sides as needed. Do not over-mix, as doing so causes a drier/tougher texture.
    Banana Bread Dry and Wet Ingredients Combined
  • Scrape batter fully into greased loaf pan, gently evening out batter to the edges and corners of pan. Bake 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out with a few tender crumbs attached. Do not wait until toothpick is completely clean, or your loaf may become over-baked.
    banana bread in loaf pan
  • Let finished loaf cool in pan at room temp overnight or until fully cooled. Gently loosen bread from edges of pan with thin knife, turn it out onto a cutting board, and slice to serve.
    Loaf of banana bread being sliced on cutting board


  • This recipe is pure and banana-focused, so we kept it simple. If you’d like to amp up the flavors with some warm spices, feel free to add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the dry ingredients. 
  • Six whole, medium-sized bananas is equivalent to about 4 cups of mashed bananas.
  • If using frozen bananas, defrost them in a colander at room temperature prior to using in this recipe; all excess liquid should be drained. Bake time may need to be increased when using defrosted bananas. 
  • Our banana bread isn’t overly sweet, as it relies on overripe bananas to provide some of the sugar content – the more spotted they are, the better. If you prefer a sweeter bread, increase granulated sugar to 1/2 cup.
*If you enjoyed this bread, come back and give it a rating ❤️

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: baking, Oven

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Recipe Rating


    • Deb
    • 5 stars

    Excellent! A bit of crispy on the outside, super soft and moist on the inside. Lovely flavor.

    I have made single and double recipes. Would like to know if anyone has x4 the recipe and how that went.

      • Amy Dong

      So glad you love this, Deb!

    • Tina
    • 5 stars

    This is the second banana bread I’ve made and I’m no baker. But this is delicious!!! So moist and just the right amount of springy. I was afraid I’d bake it for too long judging from the outer color but it was perfect.

      • Amy Dong

      So happy you liked this, Tina!

    • Kim Hood
    • 5 stars

    We love this banana bread recipe. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious. We bake at a high altitude so we added an extra 1/2 cup of flour.

      • Amy Dong

      SO happy to hear that, Kim 🙂

    • Kenton Erwin
    • 5 stars

    Recipe looks great so far, but I’m using a full-size loaf pan, and at 13 minutes into the bake, the bread is already about 3/4″ over the rim of the loaf pan! Not spilling over yet, but I’m nervous.

      • Kenton L Erwin
      • 5 stars

      Update: Reaching the end of the bake, and the bread is now 2″ over the lip of the baking dish, but it is still contained and is looking fantastic. Already brown on top so I think it will end up the perfect, high-mounded shape.

        • Amy Dong

        That’s awesome! 🙂

    • KIM
    • 5 stars

    I decreased the sugar content to 1/2 cup and added walnuts. It’s super delicious! The bread rose beautifully. In case you have the same concern I did, I baked it in a medium size rectangular Pyrex dish, it only needed 50 minutes. It’s a beautiful golden brown from the top!

    • Allison Mitchell

    As several others have asked and the size of bananas varies greatly, can you please describe the measurement of mashed bananas? Two cups of mash? Two and a half cups? Please help us!


    • Maria Mitchell
    • 5 stars

    i doubled this recipe over thanksgiving and baked it in a casserole dish – it was FABULOUS!
    i’m remaking it again & i’m really excited. this was hands down best banana bread. *i also thinly sliced some bananas and laid ontop for a pretty design*

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, that makes me so happy, Maria! 🙂

    • Lisa
    • 5 stars

    Ive made dozens of banana bread loaves and this is by far the best!

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you, Lisa!

    • Maria
    • 5 stars

    Really good recipe, so thank-you for sharing! . Banana bread recipes are the most researched. Im guilty of that but over the years, I started a few changes just to see what would happen…lol. For moisture I use sour cream or greek org. yougurt. Just very surprized when it suggest “overripe” bananas, but ones in video look pretty normal. Overripe bananas skins are specked and almost black are the best! Flesh is super soft , almost mushy and brown in color, which also makes them super sweet!
    Imagine this recipe with real “overripe”bananas…lol
    I prefer mixing by hand makes batter very less heavy. One recipe I came across suggests replacing sugar with apple sauce.
    Also instead of a loaf… , try a bundt pan , so I separate eggs and beat egg whites and then fold in mix, ok if some white is still visible, fold in, if using, walnuts, choc. chunks, dates, whatever rocks your boat! Now bake in a bundt pan, add whole pieces of banana sliced in 1/2 on top!
    If anyone here has more suggestions, please share! Happy baking!

      • Amy Dong

      Thanks, Maria! True, we didn’t have access to overripe bananas for the day of filming 😛 But definitely, the more speckled the better! So glad you liked this 🙂

    • Veronika
    • 5 stars

    This banana bread was perfectly moist, not too sweet, and so fluffy! We absolutely loved it and I wish I made a double batch!

      • Amy Dong

      So happy you loved it, Veronika!

    • Elaine
    • 5 stars

    One of the best banana bread recipes that I’ve seen. Love how delicious it looks. I bet it tastes even better.

    • Veronika
    • 5 stars

    This is the best banana bread recipe I’ve tried! So easy to make and has really great flavor 😉

      • Amy Dong

      So happy you liked it, Veronika!

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