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?)

The recipe has been updated with new photos, first posted 2005. Enjoy!

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 cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. 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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  • Jason

    This is probably the worst banana bread recipe I’ve ever tried. It might be easy but that doesn’t make it good. Bread barely rose while baking, is so dry it can barley be eaten and if you do eat it it taste like banana flavored cardboard. I can’t see how this is as good as so many make it out to be.

  • Maureen

    This is my go to banana bread recipe, easy & delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  • Holly

    I followed the recipe and directions to a T!!! I checked it at 30 mins and the edges were brown, it looked done but when i took it out it moved as if the insides were liquid!!! I feel like if it stays in at 350 itll burn.. what did I do wrong??? I turned my oven down to 300 im hoping that works! Please help!!!

  • Megan G

    Love this recipe. I use 3 bananas and 1/2 cup sugar and it turns out perfectly sweet to my taste. I know that there is a link on this page to a chocolate version of this recipe, but I actually just add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and it’s really good!

    This is the perfect recipe – easy, uses ingredients I have on hand anyway, and absolutely yummy!

  • Luke Gefell

    I added a tablespoon of cinnamon and a cup of chocolate chips and it’s a huge hit

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