Banana Bread

Moist and delicious banana bread recipe. Easy to make, no need for a mixer! Ripe bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and flour.

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

This banana bread has been the most popular recipe on Simply Recipes for over 10 years. Thousands of people make it every day. Why?

Because it really is the best banana bread recipe, period. You can mix everything in one bowl, you can vary the amount of sugar or bananas. And the secret to its great flavor? Melted butter.

The beauty of this banana bread recipe is you don’t need a fancy mixer! A mixing bowl, a fork to whisk the eggs and a sturdy spoon to mix the batter are all you need. The sugar amount is flexible. The original recipe called for a cup of white sugar, but most people, including me, do just fine with 3/4 of a cup, and many are happy with a 1/2 cup.

You can toss in a cup of chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips if you want, or put the batter into muffin tins and make banana nut muffins instead. You can even go a step further and make chocolate banana bread.

I was given this banana bread recipe years ago from my friend Heidi H, who, many years before, had begged the recipe from a ski buddy’s mother—Mrs. Hockmeyer. (Isn’t it funny how the parents of our childhood friends are always Mrs. and Mr. no matter how old we get?)

Here’s a quick little video I put together on how to make this banana bread, please check it out!

Banana Bread Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one loaf

No need for a mixer for this recipe! Clean-up is easy too, if you want, you can mix everything in one mixing bowl.

The best bananas to use for banana bread are those that are over-ripe. The yellow peels should be at least half browned, and the bananas inside squishy and browning.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.

2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.

4 Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5 Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren't crumbly.)

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Links:

Banana Nut Muffins recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread recipe

Banana Bread

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  • Daren C Moore

    I absolutely love this recipe. I always add chopped walnuts. As far as the bananas the more ripe the better. I cut way back on the sugar. Perfect every time.

  • Banana

    I made this over the weekend yummy put a handful of brown sugar in the recipe everyone enjoy it made about 4 loaves of bread.

  • Loretta

    I’ve made this recipe about 10 times so far but I went to adding pecans and mint miniature chocolate chips and started using mini loaf pans very successful everyone seems to like it unfortunately I’m allergic to bananas so I can’t eat it so I depending on everyone else to be 100% honest. So far they seem to fight over the banana bread at work and I’ve given out to friends AND family.

  • Kerry

    I just made this banana bread today, but swirled in Nutella (I had some, and the kids hadn’t eaten the whole jar yet so I figured, why not?) WOW! Next time I will need to make 2 loaves- one to eat and one to hide so I can actually have more than one piece!

  • Cynthia Hoffman

    Would this recipe work with whole wheat pastry flour only?

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