I’ve made this recipe several times and it is so good! Once in a while the middle of my loaf is undercooked. This last time I even cooked it longer than an hour and it was still gooey in the middle. Any suggestions??
I just made muffins out of this recipe and they were outstanding! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for this superb banana bread recipe!
I’ve tried many others, but they call for many more ingredients, are more complicated, and in the end they turned out no better than this one.
I added pumpkin pie spice and chopped walnuts to mine and it was outstanding!
Thank you for sharing. LOVE this recipe! I altered it by using: 4oz of unsweetened apple sauce instead of eggs (since my son is allergic), 1 cup of whole wheat flour & 1/2 of cup of blended oatmeal. I added a cup of mini semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. This is what I gave for Christmas to all my colleagues (out in mini bread pans)…they couldn’t get enough!
This is my new go-to recipe, and it comes out beautiful, moist and delicious! Even the toughest palettes to please love this banana bread. I reduce the sugar to 1/2 Cup and add cinnamon three ways, and I alternate between maple syrup and vanilla extract, depending on my mood. This is a great recipe that I love to make! I’m making a couple of loaves for a potluck dinner.
Thank you for this golden find!
I tried this today after losing my “old standby” recipe. I took the “add ins” to a new level as I was taking this to a holiday party. I added 1 T. lemon juice, choc chips, walnuts and yellow raisins to the batter. Then topped with a citrusy glaze (OJ, lemon juice and conf sugar) while still warm. Moist, tasty and a huge success!!
THANK YOU for this AMAZING & extremely simple recipe! I did alter it slightly by using 2/3 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 white, half the vanilla and no salt. My very first attempt was on the weekend and it was PERFECT! So much so, that my roommates ALL went and bought overripe bananas and we are making THREE more tonight…keeping one original, adding chocolate to another and I’ll do the same as before. Hope it all goes well and I’ll let you know how they turn out…THANX again!
I absolutely love how easy this recipe is! comes out perfect every time. Now I purposely leave a few bananas to get speckly so I can make this
I’ve made this three or four times now. Very good recipe. I’ve made with white sugar and another time with all brown, with walnuts inside and one time on top. All tasted great (gone in 24 hours). Wonderful recipe :)
Can someone tells me how to bake this bread without burning? I’m new to baking in a oven. After I heat the oven to 350 should I let it stay that way when I put in the mixture? Or should I bring is to about 150 after I place in the pan and mixture?
It’s 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176 degrees Celsius. And yes, it stays in the same temperature until its done. Just make sure you start checking for doneness at 50 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it it comes out with batter, then it may need a few more minutes. Hope this helps! :)
Loved this recipe! I used 1/2 cup of sugar and added a handful of chocolate chips. It was great.
I would like to add raisins and Chocolate chips
Would that work? How many should i add?
I love this recipe! I added cinnamon, and put cubes of cheesecake in the middle. My daughters NEVER eat banana bread but they sure love this one. It was sooo easy to make. Good for school snacks too! Thank you Elise! :)
Changed by adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ginger and used 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1/2 cup white sugar.
Thanks for the basic recipe!
I just made this. It is so good. It reminds me of a recipe I made when I was a teenager that I lost, so glad I found this recipe!
Can I use either brown or granulated sugar for this recipe? Thanks! :)
Hi Eunice, some people substitute some or all of the white sugar with brown sugar. Brown sugar has molasses notes, so if you make the substitution, you’ll get a little flavor of molasses in the banana bread.
I absolutely love this recipe and have used it for so many years! I am trying to bake a little healthier and thought about using coconut flour and Splenda for this recipe. Anyone have recommendations using these substitutes so it still comes out as amazing as usual?
Made this for the first time last night. Tastes amazing but the inside came out a much darker brown colour than yours in the video. Any idea as to why this happened?
Hi Karen, that happens to me sometimes too! No idea why.
Do you think it may have something to do with the ripeness of the bananas and some kind of oxidation going on?
Maybe! I haven’t been able to figure it out.
I replaced the bananas with pawpaws. I resisted the urge to add spices, as I have never cooked pawpaw before. I also used brown sugar for half of the sugar, and whole wheat for half of the flour–because I didn’t have a stocked pantry. I also added a tablespoon of flax seed meal.
It came out amazing.
This was the recipe I chose for my first foray into baking. I just happened to have two very ripe bananas to use and it came out great, the bread oddly enough smelled very much like spice cake to me and my dad but was excellent im going to try taking a couple slices and making French toast out of them in the morning ^^
This is the best recipe – add some pecans and chocolate chips to make it even more moist!
I also make a lemon drizzle – just some squeezed fresh lemon mixed with icing sugar and drizzle it on when it’s still warm :)
that sounds so good, gonna try!
This is honestly the best banana bread recipe out there! I have tried countless banana bread recipes and was never satisfied. Tried this and omg!! It is to die for! Thank you so much for this recipe! I have only made it with chopped walnuts but it’s sooooo good!
Hi Elise! I am pretty new to baking and i tried a vegetarian version of your recipe by replacing one egg with flaxseed egg meal. The cake turned out well but one issue I faced was that my cake did not rise as much as I expected and what should i do if the top most layer of my cakes and cupcakes get extremely hard but bottom most part Isn’t cooked?!
Hi Amita, the egg provides some of the leavening in this recipe, so I’m not surprised that it didn’t rise as well. Honestly I would look for a different recipe, one that is specifically vegetarian.
I’m not sure how many years this recipe has been up on this site. But I’ve been using it for 3 to 4 years. Everytime I make it, I get so many compliments on it. I have tried adding Reese’s peanut butter cups, pecans, walnuts, coconut, whatever. You can really go wrong. Thank you for having this recipe on your site. It’s simple and delicious. I have found no equivalent.
This bread is amazing! I use 1/4 cup rice bran oil in lieu of butter and it makes the bread less dense.
I used whole wheat flour and added 2 spoons of honey before pouring the mix into the pan. Came out amazing! Even my roommate who’s a super picky eater loved it.
Any changes needed to bake muffins instead of loaves? How long and what temperature?
Hi, Debbie! We haven’t tested this recipe as muffins yet, but generally speaking, keep the same temperature and start checking after about 30 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!
I’m curious have you tried the muffins? Was bake time different? I have made the bread I added half a cup of choc chips delicious!
We make this recipe as muffins and mini muffins all the time and they come out delicious just like the loaf! We begin checking on the muffins when we start smelling them and insert a toothpick until it comes out clean :)
I was always disappointed with previous banana bread recipes. I made this exactly as the recipe is listed and it was fabulous!!!! Very tasty, moist and oh so delicious. I’m throwing out all of my old banana bread recipes and keeping this one!
I made this the other night and it was delicious but I did add a teaspoon of cornstarch. Other recipes added that ingredient in so I decided to as well. It still came out good. But the only thing I wasn’t happy with was that it was not to tall. Any suggestions?
Hello Super Mom, I’ve never added cornstarch to this banana bread, so I don’t know what to tell you about that. As for the banana bread being tall, that has to do with leavening. A fresh, room temperature egg will give you more height than a 2 week old cold egg. Baking soda that is still on the new side will work better than old baking soda. You can always test your baking soda’s leavening ability by putting a little in a dish and sprinkling it with vinegar. If it bubbles up vigorously, it’s still good.
I’d add 1 tsp of baking powder. That does the trick for pancakes so would work here as well.
Made this recipe for the family and it was very simple and smells fabulous. If it looks this great I’m guessing it is going to taste great as well.
I made this tonight. I used Margarine instead of butter. It turned out delicious. I will definitely be making mini loaves of this to give away at Christmas.
All I have is self-rising flour. Can I use it and omit the baking powder? Thanks.
Hi, Alma! We haven’t tested this with self-rising flour, but I think that it should work just fine. Let us know how it turns out!
How did it turn out with self rising flour?
I made this tonight and it’s soooo good. But do this need to be refrigerated?
Hi, Connie! Emma, managing editor for Simply Recipes, here! No, this doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I usually keep banana bread in a plastic bag or in an airtight container on the counter.
Hi can someone provide the cup equivalent of three bananas? I live in Asia and they are tiny here :0)
about 1 1/2 cups
Just found your recipe. It was very easy, and smells delicious. I doubled it, and the loaves are in the oven now. Hoping everything turns out well. I took a suggestion from the comments and added cinnamon, though I have some candied ginger I might stick in the next loaf.
I have used this recipe for a couple of years now! Wud never use another one! I mix up my loaves every time adding blueberries, or cranberries plus walnuts! It’s a winner every time!
I love to add a teaspoon of cinnamon and chocolate chips. Making a loaf right now ❤️
Add a handful of walnuts – it’s twice as good.
We have used this recipe many times and it is easy and yummy each time! We use 1:1 gluten free flour blend and add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. It works in a loaf pan or in our mini muffin tin. Great recipe!
So glad, I could use my bananas that would have gone in the bin! Cheers to no wasting! I went and got loaf pan straightaway n baked this. Looks good, can tell even before tasting. Thanks Chef!!
I saw the recipe this morning and made 2 batch of this easy to make Banana cake right away as i already have all the ingredients available in my kitchen. I knew from the beginning that it would turn out good as i have tried other versions of banana cakes before. Boy, was i right? It didn’t just turned out good but great! Everyone loved my banana cake! Thank you so so much for this recipe!
I made this today for my husband’s monthly DnD game. It was a big hit with the guys! I burned most of my walnuts trying to toast them, so I used the chocolate chip idea. It was delicious.
I decided last minute on a school day to try this and realized I didn’t have an hour to wait for it to bake, so I made muffins instead. It made a dozen perfectly and cooked in 30 minutes!
This is a great and easy recipe. I used self rising flour and coconut oil instead of butter and it turned out great. I will definitely make it again!
Can I use olive oil instead of butter for this recipe?
Hi Maryanne, I have not made this recipe with the olive oil substitution so don’t know what to tell you. If you do try it with olive oil, please let us know how it turns out for you!
Hope someone can help me. I made the bread last night and doubled the recipe my question is. That it came out very dense. Not sure what happened. Other than that it’s good. Thank you
Overmixing or baking soda amounts
Can you use an 8×8 pan and margarine instead of butter?
Hi Mary, you can use an 8×8, though the cooking time will be less. How much less, I don’t know. You’ll have to experiment. As for margarine? I don’t cook with it so don’t know what to tell you. This recipe uses melted butter. Good luck!
I use margarine sometimes instead of butter!
This was my first time making banana bread and it was so easy and so so good! I did 3 bananas, substituted ww flour, and did 1/2 c sugar. Still so delicious!
Thanks for posting, I was wondering about using whole wheat flour.
I am from Trinidad . I tried your banana bread recipe and my whole family love it very much. Thank you very much for sharing your recipe so that others could have get it.
I made it with 2 bananas, 1/2 cup of sugar and whole wheat flour and it’s delicious. (and I’ll feel less guilty when I scarf down half of it for breakfast!)
Best banana bread ever. The only thing i did differently was to add ground spices like clove, cinnamon,all spice and ginger. Also soaked the bananas in brandy and angostura bitters. Needless to say it tasted fantastic.
Wow, Tricia! That sounds delicious.
It really was Tayleesha. Beautiful name by the way
Sounds so good! Did you use clove, cinnamon and ginger powder?? And how much of each? I also made this bread but used 4 bananas, oil, and half a cup brown sugar. It wasn’t sweet enough for my kids and kind of dry. Also it was pale yellow in color. How can I make it more browny?
I have made this recipe dozens of times. It’s perfect every time and I like to add chocolate chips and/or peanut butter chips. It’s takes it to a new level! Thank you for posting, this recipe has been bookmarked on my phone for years!
For the butter, is it 1/3 cup of melted butter or is it a 1/3 cup butter, melted. Maybe that is obvious to most, but not to a newbie like me.
Hi Michele, it actually doesn’t make a difference with this recipe. Either way to measure will work fine in this case. I usually measure out 1/3 cup of butter, then melt it.
Hands down – best Banana bread recipe. Ever! I’ve tried a bunch of them, with varying results. We raise ducks, so I used duck eggs, 1/2 cup of raw cane sugar, and Amish Hand Churned Butter. It was SO delicious!! My hubby snuck into the kitchen for another slice, lol. This will be my go-to recipe. Thank you for posting this!
I”m hoping to make this for the second time this weekend. My 16 month old son has loved it, and ate the whole loaf over two weeks…which leads me to my question! What is the best way to store the bread? I added a handful of shredded carrot and a small handful of raisins. I stored half the loaf in a ziplock in the fridge with a paper towel around it but it still seamed to get too moist. The other half I stored in the freezer, then in the fridge when I was ready to use it. But again seemed too moist.. .like close to going bad. Thank you! Love the recipe though!!
Hi, Julia! I usually just store banana bread on the counter, loosely wrapped in a plastic bag. It stays moist and delicious for about a week! After that, it can start to go moldy. I’d recommend freezing what you don’t think you’ll eat within a week. Hope that helps!
Perfect banana bread every time!
I always stir in walnuts or I’d love to try chocolate chips next time and maybe some cocoa powder. Yummy. I always double the recipe! Both loaves are gone in a day or 2 around my house, Easy!
Excellent recipe, just made it last night and turned out to be so so delicious. It’s so easy, made this in the exact time mentioned. Would have loved to share the pictures.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Would this recipe work with whole wheat pastry flour only?
Hi Cynthia, I don’t know but it’s worth a try!
I just made it (and did once previously) with all whole wheat flour (and 1/2 cup of sugar rather than 3/4’s) and it’s delicious.
I love recipes like this because I can take a mushy banana and make a great loaf out of it that everyone loves. It is easy to make without a bunch of sour cream or other dairy items I can not have due to being lactose intolerant.
For everyone having issues with getting ripe enough bananas, put the entire banana in the peel in your freezer for a day or two. They will be perfect. I’ve made this recipe more times than I can count, and countless others. Always using the bananas from the freezer. Let them thaw a bit and they will squeeze right out the end of the peel.
First batch in the oven!! I was amused that prep time was 10 minutes! With a soon to be 12 yr old son and including a quick trip by son to grocery store for baking soda ( my kingdom for a teaspoon of soda!! I did appreciate the link to substituting powder for soda) it took us just over an hour! Also had to use muffin pan sonunvkear how long to cook !
This is one of the easiest recipes out there. The hardest part is getting the bananas ripe enough. I use less sugar – scant half cup – and super, super ripe bananas. Have made it a half dozen times already – I usually double the recipe – one isn’t enough. Have some in the oven right now and the small is mouthwatering. Thank you so much for a great, easy recipe.
First time making this recipe, just took out of the oven ! Will comment on taste as soon as it cools down. Smells yummy
This is by far the best banana bread recipe I’ve found. I have an older oven so it took about an hour and a half to bake up completely, but totally worth the extra time. I made 2 loaves and added chocolate chips to one. So good!
Make this banana bread all the time! Freezes well, and it’s great with chocolate chips.
I was wondering if I could use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Hi Jennifer, I haven’t tried subbing the all purpose flour with almond flour, but if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you.
It turned out great with almond flour, very moist I could have cooked it just a little bit longer, then the 50 minutes. I also made one with regular flour, so I can compare the difference. The taste was very similar, the one made with almond flour was a tad bit sweeter, (I made both with half cup of sugar). Other then that I enjoyed this recipe. I will be making this recipe again both ways.
Hi can you please weight in grams the banana after mashed? I couldn’t get the consistency as shown in the video. My batter is stiff after mixing in the flour.
Hi Alicia, sounds to me like your bananas may not be ripe enough. They should be squishy ripe. Or your bananas may be smaller in size than what we used to make this recipe. You might try adding more banana.
This is seriously the most amazing banana bread I’ve ever had!!! I used 3 bananas and it was plenty sweet with the 3/4 cup of sugar. Super yummy with a spread of salted butter! Thank you so much, you made my day!
A follow up question, I’ve tried to experiment with adding blueberries and cherries to this recipe but the final product inevitably comes out way too crumbly for my liking. Technically that should not be happening but somehow the bread bakes differently. Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
Hi Victor, I haven’t tried adding berries or cherries to the banana bread so don’t know what to tell you. Anyone else?
Hi Victor, I just did that today. But I didn’t mix the blueberries, I put them on top. Garnishing the cake. However it turned a little sour. I would add more sugar. Good luck!
Try adding 1/2 cup or so of applesauce to make up for the consistency of the berries. It should improve moistness.
I wonder if the water content of the blueberries and cherries are effecting the batter?? Are you still baking it the same amount of time or longer with the fruits??
Takes longer with the berries as they tend to release water. Maybe that’s why. I’ve tried both fresh and frozen and still the texture comes out very different compared to ‘no berries added’ version.
I should have commented here a while ago but better late than never. I made this banana bread at least 4-5 times over the past year and every time it came out of the oven beautifully browned, richly tasting and very moist. I don’t believe a banana bread can get any better than this.
I baked two of these banana breads yesterday. OMG they were the very best I’ve ever baked! I have several banana bread recipes but none even came close to this!! I added chocolate chips to one, and added cinnamon, candied ginger bits, chocolate chips and plump raisins to the second one. Both delicious!! Thank you so much for this recipe I will use all the time!
I added less sugar and added Turkish honey with an almond nutmeg and cinnamon topping …. yum !!!
OMG! This sounds amazing!!! Going to try this next time!
This bread is amazing! Best recipe I have ever used!
Delicious banana bread recipe. Added 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and a sprinkle of cinnamon to batter.
Hi, this recipe was on point. The Banana Bread came out perfect. Thanks so much
Fantastic recipe, I added 3 teaspoons of apple sauce and a handful of craisins and it came out delicious. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve made this recipe twice now. The first loaf was so good, it barely survived one night before being devoured! I used 4 bananas, cinnamon, ginger, Craisins, raisins, and a cinnamon sugar sprinkle for the top. Substitute I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and it still turns out amazing. It smells heavenly while baking and tastes even better!
Did yours have a strong banana taste? I’m thinking of adding 4 bananas next time, some walnuts as a topping, and perhaps some brown sugar. Thoughts?? Good recipe!
I made this vegan by using apple sauce instead of egg and it comes out great! I’ve also been mixing it up (haha) by adding chocolate chips or cranberries and walnuts!
How much sauce did you use? Don’t have eggs ran out and wouldn’t mind to substitute ! TIA
Ugh this was horrible I should’ve made it the way mom told me but I was like I’m sure there’s plenty of recipes online. I went step by step and it turned out dry and it cooked way to soon 350?? It was done in 17 minutes not an hour like suggested. Thanks for making me waste a lot of food.
Hi Shawn, if your banana bread is “done” in 17 minutes, there is something seriously off with your oven.
My bread was cooked thoroughly in 40 min and not an hour
I definitely agree with Elise if it’s done that quickly then your oven is malfunctioning.
Second the two of them, I’ve made this countless times and it has never been overcooked. You should get your oven checked out.
agree…made it a thousand of times…i even sometimes think to leave it a minute longer than the hour…your oven doesn’t sound right at all…after 17 minutes i still have a puddle of dough…
Are you sure you didn’t set it to 350℃ instead of 175℃? I’ve made this more than a dozen times in the last year and I always have to triple check the over because I’m use to using ℃ but I now live in the US. It sounds silly but sometimes I still set it to 175 thinking my oven reads ℃ instead!!
Shawn sounds like u may need bannanas riper. I just made it with blueberries and wal nuts this time. Use real butter. mine fills loaf pan it took over an hour ur bread should have that dark browned look mine was tan for quite a while.
Can’t wait to try this recipe…and some of the tweaks! I love banana bread!
Fantastic the way it is… However… I used 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar… Love this recipe… Unfortunately… So does my family! Lol
I love this recipe I use it all the time! However I would love to use this recipe with my mini muffins pan. How long should I bake them for? What temperature? Your response will be greatly appreciated!
Hi Alicia, I haven’t made this recipe in mini muffin pans, so don’t know what to tell you. Probably not that long, maybe 10 minutes at 350°F? You may need to experiment.
I made a loaf and regular muffins at the same time. The regular muffins took about 25 minutes at 350. So maybe half that time.
I tried this with cinnamon & it was awesome….
I just put this in the oven and realized I forgot the vanilla . I did add some cinnamon & nutmeg .Let you know how it turns out.Thanks for the recipe .
I used Almond extract it was better
just put this in the oven, a friend of mine who passed a way recently loved baking banana bread was one of his favorite’s! wish I had some walnuts would been good to add!!
Can this recipe be made in small loaf pans? Size 5 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ x2″? If so how much batter in each of 3 or 4 and the time and temp needed. I have shared this bread with a lot of my “little ole lady” friends and would like to gift them with their own personal loaves. Thank you so much!!!
I filled 3 of the 4 small loaf pans in my Pampered Chef stoneware dish with this recipe and I bake it for 30 minutes and it was perfect! Each loaf was 3 x 5.5 inches.
If I don’t have any enough or any vanilla extract, can I substitute it for something else?
You could use about half as much almond extract, or you could skip all together.
I made mine without vanilla extract or any substitute, and it turned out perfectly
I used Splenda and sugar-free chocolate chips and it was delicious
Use a gluten free flour and this recipe is still perfect with just a half cup of sugar.
….I was wondering, ( as there are SO many comments, and scrolling through all of them …well, you get the idea ! lol ) …if using bread flour is fine, (?) , as its what I usually use , even for cookies. ..using bread flour makes a HUGE difference in your cookies,!….( if you arent using a gluten free baking mix ). I use both Bread Flour and for certain recipes , I use GF baking flour mix. Thanks so much!
Another hint: if your bananas are getting very ripe, even almost black, they are perfect for banana bread. Peel and freeze them whole until ready to use. I get my neighbors to save them for me instead of tossing them.
I made this replacing the butter with coconut oil and the flour with a gluten-free mixture. They turned out wonderful as cupcakes for a six-year-old on a and dairy free restricted diet.
I added 1/3 cup each chopped pecans and semi-sweet chocolate bits. Delicious! But I wish I’d read these comments before I put it in the oven – I would have added Michelle McDermott’s cinnamon-sugar topping! Also, note to Michal, this freezes VERY well, although I’ve never frozen it longer than a week or two before eating it!
I added chopped walnuts and cinnamon to the recipe. I also sprinkled the top with a sugar& cinnamon mixture….YUMMMMM
How much cinnamon and walnuts did you use?
Banana bread with or without cinnamon? Anyone give me any suggestions!
This was easy to make. I followed the recipe using 3 bananas — next time I’m going to try 4. Kids loved it.
Is it freezable?
The recipe was great, but adding a tablespoon of cinnamon made it taste even better.
Oh my just made these and so delicious. I did use self-rising flour and coconut oil and they turned out so good. Nothing else added. Love the recipe.
Did you still use baking powder?
First time for me to encounter Simply Recipes. LOOOOVE your website and I’m so glad it popped up as FIRST option when I google-searched “Banana Bread Recipe” this morning! (And the Banana Bread was a delicious hit, made with the small change of melted coconut oil in lieu of butter! All my friends asked for the recipe, so I’m sharing my great discovery of your site.)
How much coconut oil did you use? Would it be the same as the butter?
This is my go to recipe for banana bread. I add raisins and it always turns out beautifully. Moist and super yummy.
Best banana bread recipe ever! I`ve added ingredients such as cinnamon, dates and cocoa in the past and turned out amazing every time.S
Haven’the made banana bread in YEARS. Had some overripe bananas. Used this recipe. Came out DELICIOUS!!! All gone too fast!!! Will make again soon!!!
I’m having an issue with the recipe. The first time I made it I did the 350 degree oven and the outside of the bread was crispy and beautiful and the inside was still raw. This time I put the oven temp to 300 and the same thing happened. Why is the inside not cooking?
I checked using long fork and found it was not cooked in center. Used a glass pan and just cooked 15 more minutes. Love this recipe. Was still moist not dried up.
This is an easy and delicious recipe. Everyone loved it. I have only used this recipe for the past two years and will stick with only this one.
with a few minor tweaks in prep (1/2c of sugar, room temp eggs, and i let the batter sit for about 5 mins) these were the best banana muffins i’ve ever made.
thank you so much! super delish for breakfast with chai tea!
Followed the recipe and it came out flat and mushy…. was really craving banana bread… off to woolies I guess
Quick question ??? White sugar or brown ?? Can i mix the sugars ? Or stick to one? Thank you
Hi Annmarie, I use white sugar. Some people use brown sugar with good results too.
Can this recipe be made into banana muffins?
Sure! Just cut back on the cooking time. I think muffins bake in about 12-15 minutes.
Muffins take about 25 mins
I guess it depends on the size of your muffin tins. I have a pretty standard 12-muffin tin taking “large” papers and bake time for me was 17 minutes but they were crispy on the outside and finally cooked on the inside… That batter does tend to be be dense and harder to cook evenly…
I’m ready to make this banana bread recipe and I was wondering if I could add dried cranberries or fresh ones. Any thoughts?
Hi Lily, I think it would be great with some dried sweetened cranberries.
I’ve made banana bread for years and always tweak the recipe: delicious by adding 1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins, or walnuts and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
This is the first time I have made banana bread. I used self rising flour because that’s all I had and used extra baking powder instead of baking soda. It turned out amazing. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
I am trying this recipe for the first time…in the oven now. I added some ground almonds…we’ll see!
One tiny criticism….no gas mark! I think it’s 3….
It’s the second time I do it and the first one was perfect. This one came out really flat :( Does anybody know what happened??
Check if your baking soda is old, sometimes it doesn’t work as well when it ages.
After trying a few banana bread recipes before this one I can honestly say this is one of the best I found. Moist , lots of flavour and made it two days in a row as it didn’t last long . I used 4 smaller sized banana (6″) and I changed it to 1cup plain flour 1/2 cup self raising and still kept the baking soda in. Gave it a nice ride and very light and airing texture.
This has now secured in my brain and will be on my regular bake when I am hungry for a tasty treat
I have made this recipe many times and every time is was a big hit. It did not come out dry it was moist and delicious. To the person who said the loaf tasted like baking soda, you either put too much in or used the wrong kind of Baking Soda. The Baking Soda used to refresh your refrigerator is much finer than the everyday baking soda. This is the best recipe I’ve ever made.
For a great taste add one cup frozen whole cranberries
Tried it- mine came out really dry and was a mouthful to chew. I also think there was too much baking soda in it or something. It had a very distinct taste to it but overall my family liked it.
I didn’t have any plain flour so I used self rising,…will it still work? Mine is cooking right now so I guess I will find out soon. While I’m here,…what is the difference between using plain flour w/baking soda &(or) using self rising flour?
I’ve added cinnamon, sliced almonds, some walnuts and added used coconut oil together with butter. Turned out awesome. So far it is the best thing I have ever cooked in my oven. Taste and texture is like from a professional bakery. P.S. Half cup of sugar is more than enough.
One of the best recipes I’ve tried.. my family’s favorite. I’ve also tried adding an extra banana and adding very very little sugar .. it turn out a little moist but tastes awesome ..
I just made this. I turned it into muffins though. If anyone makes muffins instead do like 20 minutes instead of 50. They turned out really well.
Excellent recipe, although I add some cinnamon to mine. It was simple and delicious
Does it rise, mine came out very low compared to other banana breads I’ve done.
Hi Dina, yes it rises. Check your baking soda (add a little vinegar to some to see if it bubbles). Make sure you are using baking soda not baking powder. Also fresh eggs that are at room temperature work best.
You may have used a mixer. You need to hand mix. To much mixing will make it not rise
This was so easy and delicious! Thanks for posting!
I just tried your recipe but I’m afraid it will turn out wrong (although it’s still baking). I spent ages converting all the cup measurements tot grams. But somehow not all conversions on google equal the same amount. I had way to much flour, 1 1/2 cups should be 510grams due tot my conversions following google. It was so dry that I had to add a egg and some milk. eeek!! Do you have the recipe with grams so that its easier to bake in europe? Then I’ll have another try.
Hi Joyce, when I just now measured out 1 1/2 cups of flour and weigh it on my kitchen scale I got 215 grams.
1 1/2 cups is a regular coffee mug and a half
Hi Joyce, I’m also in Europe and I converted with 1 cup = 2.5dl and it works well. I also only used 1dl of sugar by the way – I find that you can always halve the amount of sugar in US recipes, they’re super sweet for European tastes!
Simple, tasty recipe. Prepared it so many times. Everyone loved it. It took me exactly 50 minuted to bake. Before, I used one disposable aluminum foil pan and the bread actually risen up too high in the middle; now, I divided the batter into two such pans and will see what will happen :-) Overall, really great banana bread. Thanks!
Wow!! I have never made banana bread before and was very nervous to make it. But this recipe was SO quick and easy! And made amazing banana bread!!! I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, and 1/4 cup walnut pieces. Simply delicious!!!
Hi Elise, you say to pour batter into a ‘prepared’ bread pan. I’m using a common non-stick kind so what ‘preparation’ is required? Line with foil, greased surface, or simply clean?
Hi Keith, good question! Prepared means buttered. Even if you are using a stick-free pan, you’ll have more success getting the bread out of the pan if you generously slather butter over the insides of it before pouring in the batter.
I have a quick question this is the first time I’m making banana bread but the only ingredient in don’t have is the vanilla extract. Can I substitute with something else or no and how will it taste if I leave out the extract good or bad
Hi Sarah, you can leave it out if you don’t have any. It won’t taste quite as good, but it will still be good.
you can use banana extract to make the banana smell more banana-ish :)
Maple syrup is a great substitute.
I love this banana bread I have made it atleast 15 times. I always like cinnamon in banana bread so I added a tsp. It is great banana bread. Thanks
i dont know ,how to make banana bread. so i find this one . i made it a few weeks ago and my family love it . i buy bananas just to make it .
Just made this! So moist and delicious! The whole family loved them. I didn’t have a regular loaf pan so I used 4 mini’s and a mini muffin pan. Turned out great!! 30-35 min for the mini loaves and about 15 min for the mini muffins. I did add semi sweet chocolate chips to half. Next time I might cut the sugar if I’m adding chocolate, might have been a skosh too sweet with both. Such a great recipe!!
Made tonight, didn’t have butter so used 1/3 cup of Greek Yogurt. And had some left over condensed milk, and not even. 1/2 a cup of sugar so that and two teaspoons of condensed milk and book absolutely delicious!!! No loaf tin either and it made a huge slice tin and a good two inches high. Awesome recipe!! (Also put white chocolate buttons on the top!)
Thanks for your comment! I now am about to make this is a pie pan since I have no loaf pan and might now use yogurt rather than coconut oil (since I also have no butter)! I will post the result <3
Great banana recipe! I accidentally left it in the oven for two hours so it was a little burned but I just made another batch. It came out delicious even though I forgot the bananas!
Just fabulous. I added 1/2 cup of crushed fresh pineapple. It left me speechless with delight.
I have made this a couple of times over the last few weeks and it is absolutely delicious, as well as being quick and easy to make. I have a feeling this will be turning up in my kitchen on a weekly basis from now on!
Just made this and it came out AMAZING and SOOOOO DELISH!
Yummy! Just made it and I am not a great or even good cook by any means, but i gave it a shot. Success! One question I have is do you have nutritional information for this as is… none of the subs? Although, I am going to try and use the alteration the previous person did… with the coconut oil I thought about it but then decided against it because I thought it would totally change the taste.
Wonderful recipe!! I added chocolate chips and almond slivers. Will definitely bake again:)
Bread comes out very dark. When I check it is still wet inside and I have to keep in the oven longer and the whole things get darker.
Alan, it’s possible your oven temperature is off a little bit. To check the oven temperature’s accuracy you can get an oven thermometer. You can find one where they carry kitchen gadgets. Hope this helps.
I want to make muffins how long do i bake them. Thanks
Who cares about the color. Did it taste good?
We’re in the middle of moving and my wife asked me to bake a choc chip banana cake for a person who is leaving. All I could find is the bench turbo oven and a round sponge tin. I doubled the butter and added 1/2 cup of white milk duds. In Australia we have self raising flour so substituted with the plain flour and nil baking soda. Turned out great.
Milk duds? That’s a new one! So glad it worked well for you!
For the butter, did you use unsalted butter?
Hi Vicky, I use unsalted butter, but honestly either works.
Gotcha and thanks for the quick reply!
I made a couple of adjustments to this so that it fit within our nutritionist’s guidelines. Turned out great! Here is what I changed:
Coconut oil instead of butter (in equal amount)
1/3 cup coconut sugar, 1/3 cup stevia, and 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup white flour
My teenager had no idea I made changes to it. She thinks she’s eating the “regular” recipe with all of the sugar, butter, and normal flour.
Gonna try this. Did you use any butter at all?
After years of looking for an easy, delicious, moist and simple banana bread I have finally found it! I had made 4 banana bread using this recipe. Sooo easy and just perfect! You can easily add nuts, choc chips, dried fruits or whatever bits you like inside your banana bread in it. Highly recommend to try.
I have been making this banana bread since 1975 and found it posted from Nantucket Inns India House Banana Bread. Only thing I have changed over years is to use 3Tblsp. vegetable/canola oil in place of butter. My family adores this and I make it often.
Best banana bread EVER!!!
Very moist and delicious. I make it for my nephew quite often. It’s his favorite ‘cake’. He prefers it over chocolate cake even! That says a lot ;)
I added some frozen berries the first time, delicious and then added some frozen mango next time equally delicious!
I’ve been around the world looking for and testing banana bread recipes. I will look/test no further. This is the BEST! Like my father always says, “Use the KISS method”. Keep It Simple Stupid. Simply the best! Thank you!
Yummmm! I normally don’t trust myself to alter recipes, but I think I did well on this. I followed all the measurements but added a few things:
1/3 cup applesauce
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
It turned out beautifully and I think the applesauce really made it moist. Baked for about 50 minutes and it was so yummy! Crispy top, would probably taste grate with zucchini as well. My only complaint would be you definitely should add some baking powder. I just used the 1 tsp of baking soda as listed and my loaf probably could have turned out twice as tall had I put some baking powder in. I think my additions really helped! Really yummy.
yum yum yum slurp slurp me gusta banananana bread it’s good good good
I made this bread a few days ago. Since I had some frozen bananas, I was looking for an easy recipe. After defrosting and mashing I had 1 1/4 cups of bananas. This recipe is great!! I used a 9X5 pan, and checked at 50 minutes. It was done in 56 minutes. I followed the recipe exactly, and I added 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of walnuts. I got 12 good-sized pieces when I sliced the bread. I then put them in the freezer. A few days later, I defrosted a couple of pieces and gave them to a friend of mine. I told her how I found this recipe online. She called the next day and told me how much she and her husband enjoyed the bread. She said it was so good, it could win a prize!! At her request, I’m sending her a copy of the recipe. Thanks for this delicious banana bread recipe, which is already in my recipe box for future use!!
I make this recipe a few times a month with my kids. They love it so much that they call it “banana cake.” Sometimes I add carrots or zucchini in an attempt to hide vegetables in it for my picky eaters. It always turns out great, but I’ve noticed that if I add an additional 1/4 a cup of butter it’s even better.
I used 1.5 cups of almond flour and no sugar. I added walnuts and made muffins. They cooked in 15-20 minutes and were incredibly moist. I found the sweetness of the bananas to be enough for me, but I lean toward savoury rather than sweet. If you’re trying to stick to a paleo or keto eating plan then this substitution works a treat.
Has anyone made this in an 8×8 or 9×13 pan before?
I tried this today and absolutely loves it! Easy and fast. Thank you very much!
My 2 year-old loves this recipe! We tend to use about 4 bananas and 1/2 cup sugar is plenty for us. I have made this recipe 3 times, and the last time, I baked it at 325 vs 350. I thought it was much more moist and the edges didn’t get near as toasty. It added about 10 minutes to the total bake time. Thanks for posting this recipe!
My eight years old granddaughter Anari and I followed the recipe today and we did wonderfully! I measured and my granddaughter blended all the ingredients together and put them into the pans. She made four small loaves. After I took her home, I decided to make eight more small loaves. I have already memorized the recipe! It’s a keeper! Thanks alot!!!
The bread is good, but mine took almost 100 minutes to bake completely so plan accordingly.
Best banana bread recipe ever! so easy and quick to make, thanks Elise, this recipe saved on my computer!
I’m so glad you like it Leah!
My go-to banana bread recipe. We love it! I use 1 cup of AP flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat white flour. There’s a loaf cooling on the counter now. Thanks for such an easy, tasty recipe!!
I decided to make this recipe, but had doubts that it would work. Well, I was proved wrong — it not only worked, but it is delicious. I used 1/2 cup of sugar as recipe said I could. I liked the suggestion to add chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips). The only thing that I did that veered from the recipe is that I added a couple of tablespoons of sour cream. Don’t know if it was needed — next time, I’ll leave out and see. This recipe is a keeper. And, one bowl — yippee! (I first melted butter in bowl in microwave, then added bananas and mashed them in same bowl. This weekend: on to Chocolate Banana Bread! (I’ll let you know how that turns out).
I make this all the time! I’ve put vegan chocolate chips as well as walnuts in my loaves! I’ve always used 1 cup sugar and I have to add about 1/3 cup of water. This bread is moist, yummy, and gets eaten up very quickly in our home! I ❤️ The recipe!!!
Hi, I’m curious, if you are vegan, what do you use to replace the egg?
exactly shes probably not a real vegan. I used to go on a fast for 21 days, total vegan. No cheese, eggs, nothing. Just veggies. And I lost about 12 lbs.
Hi VegAngie… You can use ground flax seeds as an egg replacement. I am not vegan, but I use this if I run out of eggs… The basic ratio is one tablespoon of ground flax seeds and three tablespoons of water to replace one egg.
I’m new to baking and have no idea how big a ‘cup’ to use for the ingredients?! Please help!
Hello Hayley, a cup is a standard American measurement equal to approximately 236 ml in metric.
HI! It’s an 8 oz. cup. Go to a store that sells baking tools and find a set of measuring cups and spoons – they should be in standard sizes. Many of us are used to cooking without measuring (just by feel/look), but with baking it’s good to be precise. Have fun!
I’ve made this twice now, and it’s delicious. I substitute coconut oil for the butter, whole wheat flour instead of white, and use brown sugar instead of white, and it still turns out delicious!
I’m making this recipe today — it’s a family favorite! But I’m thinking of trying to make it in my new bread maker. What do you think? Will it work? Thanks so much!!
I just tried this recipe and added little squares of kinder maxi inside. Still baking but can’t wait to see the end results
My 4 year old granddaughter and I made this together today- not only was it fun and easy, but it turned to be delicious as well. We followed the recipe exactly but added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup of chocolate morsels. Thank you for a wonderful memory.
Hi Barb, what a fun activity for you and your granddaughter! I’m so glad you liked the recipe.
Made it today and came out fine, I added handful of walnuts, and used less sugar. The white sugar can always be substituted with brown (organic) sugar, for “more healthy” feature. Other than that it is simple, yet tasty banana bread. it took only 30 min to be done, not an hour.
The best Banana Bread ever! Moist and very tasty!Perfect, I used 5 small Bananas.
i followed the recipe exact and its taken way more time then the suggested 50 minutes to bake. I added about 20 extra minutes due to the fact that the top was still a bit mushy vs all the other parts. Other than that smells good and tastes good as well.
IS THAT FULL EGG?WITH YOLK?
Yes it is.
I’ve only made banana bread once or twice.This was the best one I’ve ever made! Added walnuts…so good. I plan on making this my staple recipe. Will add chocolate chips next time…yummy
Not great-lacks flavor-needs salt and more sugar. Textures is fine and not really moist. Really disappointed with the flavor.
Made this recipe 3 times now. It always comes out moist and light. My mother even switched it out for the family recipe!
Does it have to be wheat flour or can it be substituted with rye flour or something similar? I’d really love to try out this recipe!♡
Hi Mara, I’ve only used all-purpose flour (white flour from wheat). If you try it with rye flour, please let us know how it works out for you!
This banana bread recipe came out super dense… I followed the recipe to a T and it came out dense, which makes me upset because this is the second time I’ve used this recipe.
Hi Kristian, 3 things will help. First, makes sure your baking soda is fresh and still works (sprinkle some vinegar on a pinch of it, if it bubbles furiously, it’s still good. Second, fresh eggs at room temperature give the most rise. Third, don’t over-beat the batter once you’ve added the flour to it, and make sure you don’t let the batter sit around too long before you scoop it into the baking pan. Oh yes, and if your bananas are on the large size, stick to 2 instead of 3.
I’ve made this recipe a bunch of times. I love to bake for my neighbors, many of whom are retired. I make it in aluminum mini bread pans. I’ve made it plain, with chocolate chips, with chocolate chips and coffee,… All varieties have turned out wonderfully! And my neighbors all love it! It satisfies my “baking as therapy” needs, and makes my neighbors and friends very happy!
How long to you bake it in the mini pans and at what temp? Thanks!
What can substitute butter besides the coconut oil?
You could try olive oil.
Going to try this recipe today. Does it need to be a particular type of sugar, e.g caster sugar rather than granulated?
Hi CH, plain granulated sugar is all you need.
Does this recipe work with yeast?? why and why not?
Hi Veronica, this is a quick bread recipe that uses egg and baking soda for leavening instead of yeast. Oddly enough, even though one might think that having a sugary dough would be good for yeast, it actually doesn’t work well. That’s why you find yeasted breads are just lightly sweet if at all. The sweet yeasted breads tend to have the sugar separate from the dough, as in a cinnamon roll. So, if you want to make a sweet cake-like bread, as in this banana bread, you need to use leavening other than yeast.
Kinda winging it with muffins here since all of my bread pans have wondered off. So far it smells great! This recipe was super easy to put together too. My 2.5yr old helped. He loved it!
Hi Laura, I’m so glad you liked it!
Great recipe. Thanks! My twist on the recipe to make it a little healthier was, substituted coconut oil instead of butter, 1/2 cup of sugar, pink hymalaian salt, and 1/4 cup of chopped almonds and walnuts. It was a hit with the wife and teenage daughters. And we all know how finicky teen girls can be lol. For sure we’ll be making this again.
I love this recipe It is classic banana bread. I always add cinnamon to any banana bread recipe. I have made this recipe at least 15 times. It really works well and is loved by all.
Anybody ever tried this recipe with gluten free flour? Wondering if it makes a big difference in texture?
I make it all the time with gluten free flour and it turns out great! No difference in texture!
Good to know! I want to try that next time. I substituted coconut oil for the butter and it was very good!
I wasn’t originally looking for a banana bread recipe to make a somewhat healthier version with whole wheat flour and stevia. I iimmediately added extra butter. This round I added an extra egg, unsweetened apple sauce and peaches since i was low on bananas with a little under a cup of blueberries and it was fantastic!
This recipe was super easy. I used 4 bananas and 1 cup of sugar. It could use some cinnamon next time. But over all its really good. Also I baked at 350 for 55 mins then had to leave it in for another 10-15 mins. Thank you for the recipe.
Very easy recipe to follow..i made this bread 3 times..the last time was the best..i used 4 extremely ripe bananas & I add nutmeg & let it bake for 1hr 10 mins..it was Delicious..thank u for sharing your recipe!!
Don’t bother with this recipe unless you plan to modify it. It went from raw to bland. I even added extra sugar, vanilla, and chocolate chips. It still tasted like something made during The Depression. I’d say triple the sugar, add another egg or two for mouisture, and triple the vanilla.
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.
This is my go to banana bread recipe, easy & delicious! Thank you for sharing!
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!!!
Hi Holly, the banana bread takes about 50 minutes to cook, so I can imagine that at 30 minutes it is still rather liquidy inside. If you are concerned about too much browning, tent the banana bread with foil and keep the temp at 350°F.
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!
I added a tablespoon of cinnamon and a cup of chocolate chips and it’s a huge hit
I’ve made this banana bread twice now, the first time I used coconut flour, and the bread barely ros at all. The second time I used regular flour and it turned out beautifully. It tasted great both times, but looked much better the second time!!
how many serving dose this recipe make?
It completely depends on how thin you slice the bread and how hungry you are.
can you double the recipe if you want to make more of the banana bread? cause me and my family love banana bread and we wonder if we could double the recipe
Yes you can double the recipe.
I just doubled it and it came out awesome!
Uh Oh. I had 4 bananas, so I used them all. I hope this comes out ok. Now I’m worried. I guess I’ll find out in 50 minutes.
i just clicked on the original recipe that you posted and it says 3 – 4 bananas, so maybe I’m ok. Fingers crossed!
Hi Janet, the original recipe was from 40 years ago actually, when bananas were smaller. This is why I changed the recipe to 2-3. I find that with 4 bananas, the bread takes longer to bake. Check at 50, but don’t be surprised if it takes even 30 minutes longer to bake.
I think the bananas I used were small-ish. It turned out perfect and no extra cooking time. Thank goodness!! I won’t do that again, just to avoid the worry!
After trying several other banana bread recipes, I now have my go-to one! This was moist and delicious. Definitely a favorite.
Been My go to recipe love only using one bowl. My 6 year old sets bananas aside now whenever we buy them just for banana bread. I do add a bit of cinnamon and some fresh nutmeg and use a muffin tin instead of the loaf pan so its easy to put in lunch boxes.
How long do you bake if making muffins?
With my oven it’s about 18 minutes, I would suggest checking at 15 minutes and checking every 3-4 after that until you know for yours
How much cinnamon and nutmeg did you add?
Do you take it out of the pan and out on cooling rack or let it cool in the pan? Thanks
Hi Jay, I usually let it cool for a few minutes in the pan, then run a blunt knife around the inside edge of the pan and turn it out to finish cooling on a rack.
I love, love, love this easy recipe for a family favourite, it is so quick and easy to make my whole family love it. I have added toffee pieces, walnuts and chocolate chips and they all tasted great. At the time of writing this comment I have three baking in my oven.
Can i use cake flour?
Hi Shannon, I haven’t tried it with cake flour, but if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you. My guess is that given cake flour has less gluten in it than regular flour, and gluten helps provide structure to breads, the result may not hold together as well.
It seems to me that this recipe needs BOTH baking soda (1 tsp) AND baking powder (1/2 tsp). In fact, I’m pretty sure that earlier incarnations of this same recipe on this site had both (and I have an old print-out from 2010/11 to prove it!
Hi Michael, this recipe has always used only baking soda. https://web.archive.org/web/20100708232654/http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/
Hello, Made this recipe twice, tastes great. I used whole wheat flour. Did not quite rise as much like some of the photos, a little dense, but delicious with added walnuts.
Hi Pam I trebled this lovely recipe and split it between three loaf tins and the results were lovely excellent so don’t worry.
can i use brown sugar or does only white sugar work?
Hi Cody, I haven’t made the banana bread with brown sugar but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
I have made this with brown sugar (I used half a cup), and it turns out fine. It will come out darker because of the brown sugar, but it still has good flavor.
I only have a standard loaf pan that is 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch, should I change the cooking time?
Hi Norman, so many things affect the cook time that you really have to just try it and see what time works best in your oven with the pan you are using. Your pan should be fine, it may take a few minutes less to bake, or not, depending on your particular oven.
Thank you for the recipe. It is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes – Truly outstanding.
Quick question: Would doubling the ingredients for 2 loaves create a problem? (I also bake it in a toaster oven and it always has come out perfection – takes a little longer but great.)
Hi Pam, I don’t see a problem with doubling the recipe, go for it!
I’ve even tripled it and it works out great!
How does this bread do if you freeze it??
Its great after freezing , just lovely. Thaw it before you eat it though.
I have some blueberries sitting in my fridge. How can I incorporate them into this recipe?
Toss up to a cup of blueberries with a tablespoon or two of flour and stir them into the batter right before you pour the batter into the baking dish.
can you use oil instead of butter?
I used coconut oil instead of butter, so I imagine yes. Probs a tiny bit different in texture.
This is my go to banana bread. Both my boyfriend and I are diabetic so being able to use as little as a half cup of sugar is fabulous.
The batter was the perfect amount to fill a muffin tin for six large muffins. I used two large bananas and 1 cup walnuts.
Is it 1/3 cup butter, melted OR 1/3 cup of melted butter?
Either will do. Whatever is easiest for you to measure. The two amounts are close enough that it doesn’t matter.
Thanks for the speedy response!
This bread is amazing and sooooooo easy I love baking breads and thi is a winner!
I made this as muffins this morning. I am vegan, so I adjusted the recipe slightly. Earth Balance instead of butter and 1/4 c of tofu sour cream in place of the egg. They turned out amazing!
I just made this recipe and used bobs red mill GF cup for cup flour. I also grated chocolate as a thin layer in the middle. Yum i will definitely make this again.
I have made this banana bread over a dozen times now. Each time I follow the recipe to a tee. I do however add semi sweet chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. It always comes out incredibly delicious. My boyfriend never wants me to share with anyone which I usually do bring some to work with co-workers then wind up having to make another. Luckily this recipe is so easy with ingredients that I keep in my cabinets.
I just tried this and it was my first time ever trying baking banana bread. I used self rising flour and left out the baking soda and salt. My bread was extremely dense. Do you have to use all purpose flour or did I do something else wrong?
Hi Anita! My guess is that the trouble was with your self-rising flour. Different brands can use different amounts and kinds of rising agents. I’d give it another try with all-purpose flour. Good luck!
Well guess what? My husband just showed me I used the canister with the all purpose flour instead of the self rising. I have memory problems and have them marked but apparently can’t follow the markings. Lol. I can’t wait to try it again and maybe do it correctly this time. Thanks!
I’m pretty sure this has happened to all of us at some time or another! Hope your next loaf is delicious!
Hi Anita, this recipe is exactly the same as my mums, but we use less melted butter. I have made this many times, always perfect. The key is to use plain flour and baking soda is a must. I dont even know what it does, but it always makes my bread perfect. I also throw in about 3/4 of a cup of chopped walnuts. Will be making this as soon as my bananas go squishy.
Thank you. I’m already ready to get more bananas to try it again and to follow the directions correctly this time. It is such a simple recipe. Only I could mess it up!!
What would make the b bread dry
Hi, Donna — with this recipe, you might have over-baked it a little!
I always use self raising flour in mine and don’t have a problem. I’m in the UK and I take it all purpose flour is plain flour.
What are the nutrition facts on this recipe? Thanks!
Hi, Corinne! You can check the nutrition information on this website (it’s the one I use most often!): https://www.verywell.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4129594
I added sliced bananas, strawberries and cream cheese. I also made a streusel topping. Decadent!
This is literally my go-to recipe every time I have a few bananas that are getting brown. I have made this recipe at least 20 times, and it has turned out PERFECT each time. Also, I get rave reviews from friends and family, and requests to make it again and again. I wouldn’t change a thing!! I always use 3 bananas, and 1 cup of sugar (even though you can choose 3/4 cup up to 1 cup). This recipe ROCKS!!!
I would be interested in trying the oatmeal and chocolate chip addition, as I read in another comment, but I’m curious was liquid you would add to ensure the oatmeal doesn’t dry-out the bread. If you read this, please let me know! Thanks!!
I hope this works…I have thrown out the last 3 I made with other recipes….I am having to use a convection/toaster oven.
Try a lower temp and much shorter cook time in the toaster oven (325 for 45 mins for example)
Make mine in a toaster oven as well. Last batch I cooked it in glass baking dish and forgot to lower the temperature to accommodate for the glass. Lowered it after about 50 minutes and cooked it until the skewer was clean in the middle. The toaster oven takes a has taken a little longer to cook. As it starts to brown test the center. May take 10 to 15 minutes more. I do not use the convection feature to cook this either (and probably add
about a half or more banana). So far 3 loaves have been scrumptions.
Super easy to make and yummy! added oatmeal, chocolate chips, walnuts, and pecans and it was super yummy! Thank you!!
I think the Baking Soda should in fact be Baking Powder in this recipe?
I made the first loaf with Baking Soda and it did not rise correctly. Did a second one with Baking Powder and it was perfect.
Hi Edward, the recipe calls for Baking Soda, not Baking Powder. But if baking powder is what works for you, great!
Remember, altitudes do make a difference in baking. Betty Crocker has a chart to explain how to adjust times and ingredients that might make a difference in the way your product turns out. When a recipe is written in one part of the country/world, it might need to be adjusted for another. I wouldn’t have thought about this if it hadn’t been for my husband teaching chemistry to students at the college last week. We just had this discussion last week about baking.
Wow excellent taste, texture. Yummy thank yoi
Very good recipe mine came out great. The only thing is that the cooking time was 35 minutes
This an amazing recipe!! It’s so moist. Adding dark chocolate chips and adjusting the sugar to 1/2 a cup is perfect
I am baking a loaf right now. I can’t wait to try it while it is warm!!
Would using baking powder instead of baking soda make a huge difference? Thanks in advance!
No Polina, using baking powder is fine, in fact, I think it makes a much better loaf myself
I believe baking soda makes a saltier bread than baking powder. If you opt for the baking powder, you may want to increase the salt to get a similar taste.
I had to come back to this page because I wanted to let you know how great this banana recipe is! I’ve made it dozens of time, it’s so easy and tastes wonderful. I love how it’s a one bowl recipe. I only use 1/2 cup of sugar and sometimes add walnuts or chocolate chips. Thanks so much for this recipe.
Sakina I love this recipe am getting better at baking everyday that I bake.The black specs are the lines veins In a banana…..awesome taste…..
I love this recipe, and have been using it for a while! I haven’t had a problem with it until today. For some reason, the center just wasn’t cooking and the rest of the loaf got overcooked. I don’t know what I did differently this time around, but the bananas I used were quite large. What can I do to make sure the bread bakes evenly?
Hi Justine, try to keep the amount of mashed banana purée between 1 cup and 1 1/4 cup. That should help. I think the issue you had was that this time your bananas were bigger than usual.
I agree with Elise, maybe too much mashed bananas. The other thing to check is the expiration on the baking soda. Old sodium bicarbonate can rise unevenly. The final check would be oven temp. You may have developed a hot spot. (Hope this helps.)
I had the same event but I just lowered the oven temp to 275 and cooked it a bit longer came out perfect electric ovens are very finicky sometimes
This is the best banana bread ever. ..I was always poor at baking, trust me this came real good when I tried it…got appreciation too… those who r beginners in baking pls just try this… definitely it wil not be a flop
What is the baking time and temperature if you are using a standard sized muffin tin? Will this same recipe make good muffins?
Go 350 and check after 16-19 mins
what are the black specs in the pictured loaf?
That’s just what happens when you cook ripe banana, some little bits of it turn a darker color.
The black bits are the seeds from the banana
So far, this is one of the best banana breads I have ever made! It’s very moist and flavorful. I always add pecans because they give a nice toasted caramel crunch to it and the last 2 times I used “kodiak cakes” pancake mix in lieu of the flour and its been divine! The Kodiak Cakes are full of protein so it gives the bread a little extra health factor but it’s nice it doesn’t taste healthy! I always search out this recipe when making banana bread which i do every week these days. Thank you!
This is fablous!! I cannot believe how quick and easy it is is to make and how wonderful it tastes, I put a tad of maple syrup in the recipe. Delish.
I’ve never left a comment on any recipe before but feel compelled to write this! I’ve made this banana bread twice now and everyone who tried it said it was the BEST banana bread they’ve ever had. I am definitely saving this one in the recipe book. Thank you!!
Has anyone ever tried almond flour in this recipe?
This is an easy recipe, I made a loaf two weeks ago and I used walnuts and raisins and it turned out great,my wife was shocked, I just put another one in the oven. So easy a crane operator can do it.
Hi! My bread came out with a bit of a metallic taste? I thought I possible used too much baking side but used the suggested amount. I did use brown sugar and not white. Do you think that could have been it?
Hi Elaine, some people are more sensitive to the taste of baking soda than others. I would dial it back if it doesn’t taste right to you.
Stop your recipe search right here!
This is THE BEST banana bread I’ve EVER made!!!
Moist, flavorful, delicious…..what more could you ask for!?
Will a 1lb loaf tin work for this recipe? And my oven is a Gas Mark one, will i have to change cooking time or anything because i don’t want it to burn?
Can I use wheat flour?
As in whole wheat flour versus all purpose flour (which is also made from wheat)? I haven’t used whole wheat flour with this recipe, but if anyone else has, please feel free to comment.
I use whole wheat flour every time and it works perfectly!
I did use half quantity of wholewheat flour and half all purpose flour. Turned out great.
Me too! I also made it with only whole wheat flour and it was delicious!
I used gluten free baking flour, it was delicious!!
I’ve used King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour, and it turns out great every time.
I’m so happy I found this recipe again! I made this for the first time probably 10 years ago to take to a neighbor who had just had a baby, and made a loaf for my family. I didn’t write down the recipe then I couldn’t find it again online since. I’ve tried other recipes but this one is the best. Funny, I googled banana bread to make some for another neighbor friend who’s coming my home with her baby tomorrow. This recipe is my “baby bread.” Delicious!!
I made this delicious bread this evening. Instead of using butter I blended fresh apples and made a sauce. I did not think it would work but it did and it was delicious. I can’t eat butter so I had to improvise. :-)
Instead of the butter, you can use coconut oil as well. I did and it came out perfect.
Really no sour cream ,buttermilk, or any liquid are you sure? I will try this as I make banana bread three times a month at least .
Hello Kathy, there is moisture enough in the melted butter, egg, and bananas.
Thank you ,I made it as recipe is and it looks beautiful and smells wonderful! I wish I knew how to take a photo and upload. I topped it before baking with some whole walnuts on top and baked it until 195 on thermapen wow I hope I don’t eat the whole loaf !
Made this for the first time. So easy even I can do it and I’ve never baked before. Like Jenna, my wife freezes the ‘too ripe’ bananas. Let them thaw and all the ingredients go into the KitchenAid mixer and mix away. So easy and I added a few raisins and walnut pieces just laying around. Cooked 3 loafs in 30 minutes. I’m a hero to my daughter!
This recipe looks wonderful. I was thinking about making this in to a bundt. Would I be better off baking ina 6 or 10 cup bundt pan?
Hi Jo, I haven’t made this recipe in a bundt pan but my guess would be a 6 cup one would work better as it is closer to the volume of a standard loaf pan.
Thank you for the reply. The 6 cup bundt pan worked perfectly. I followed the recipe exactly (other than the pan) and it turned out amazing. I will definitely make this recipe again.
I have made this recipe several times and really love it. The only problem I have is the outside always starts to burn a little before it is completely baked. What can I do to keep this from happening? If it makes a difference, I only have a countertop convection oven.
Hi Lorraine, I might try lowering the heat by 25°F. Usually that’s what you have to do when using a convection setting on an oven.
This is the best recipe to use bananas that are too ripe! Delicious!
Banana-ey, buttery, heavenly deliciousness. Simple to make.
My husband loves these as a healthy snack if you don’t have an egg simply use another banana. I also find it easier to use muffin tins rather than a banana bread tin. If using muffin tins bake for 40 minutes or until the fork comes out clean. For fun we add milk and white chocolate chips around the holidays Everybody loves these they are super easy to make yet delicious enough to bring for dessert
I love this recipe, comes out brilliantly everytime! However I make it with half brown and half white sugar. I also add a tablespoon or two of rum or bourbon to really bring out the flavour of the bananas and make it just that little bit more moist ;-) absolutely delicious!
This recipe was PERFECT with a cup of walnuts in a greased bundt pan.
This is a great receipe. I followed the receipe exactly and added grated chocolate. My go to receipe now. Thanks
I added pecans to the batter and it tasted absolutely wonderful
Loved it. Used the 1/2 cup sugar. 25minutes in the small pans. It rose better when adding the soda to the flour and add last
This recipe is just awesome for someone like me who doesn’t bake. The bread tastes excellent. However it doesn’t rise as much as what is shown in your picture, in fact it rose only half the size of yours. Would appreciate it if you could please tell me why.
Hi Joanna, so many things can influence how well something rises. With baking you should start with a fresh egg that is at room temperature to get the most rise from the egg. Your baking soda can’t be too old. You can check following these instructions: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/the_difference_between_baking_soda_and_baking_powder/. You don’t want to over-beat the ingredients. They should just come together. You don’t want to wait too long before making the batter and baking it. Once you’ve made the batter you should pour it into a loaf pan and bake it immediately. Finally, the larger the loaf pan the shorter the loaf. The loaf pan used in the photo is a 4×8 inch loaf pan. If you use a larger loaf pan, the banana bread will not be as tall. Good luck!
Excellent! I used 4 bananas and it still came out perfect and sooooo easy. Thank you – always great recipes.
This I should THE best banana bread recipe. I follow it as is. Today I plan on doubling the recipe and using a disposable loaf pan. Any guesses on about how much time I should add?
Made muffins..added wild blueberries..reduced cooking time .. Good recipe
Super easy delicious added cranberries and pecans
Easy and Delish! Ty for sharing.
When making this into muffins, how long do you bake? I just made the recipe and will be guessing. The recipe could not have been easier. Made with all of the ingredients I had on hand too.. that was a huge plus!
Great idea Mitch, so don’t give up- she’s out there somewhere waiting for your wonderful banana bread!
i made this into muffins last night. Omg, delicious!
Versatile and reliable recipe! My second batch is in the oven right now. The first time, I used 1/2c buckwheat, 1/2c whole wheat, and 1/2 c white flour without any issue. Whenever our bananas look like they are going, I put them in the freezer and then I can take them out to make banana bread weeks/months later (just defrost to room temp). They are extra slimy then and make great bread.
I make this as a thank you gift or as an icebreaker when meeting someone new. It always pleases the recipient, though it hasn’t led to any dates.
Thankfully, there are always overripe bananas every few days.
Hey everyone I made this recipe last week and it was very good my family loved, I plan on making another one for my workplace. I made modifications to the recipe I only doubled it up and it was very good and
This is fabulous, instead of butter we like cream cheese with a little powdered sugar mixed in, then spread on the cut slices.
This is my go to banana bread recipe and I love it. I make it vegan and use vegan butter and an extra banana instead of an egg. Has anyone tried putting it into mini muffins? I would like to try…suggestions?
Yes! I made them as muffins rather than a whole piece and it turned out great. You might just want to decrease the baking time a bit.
I made them into muffins and they’re perfect. Like Sharmeen said, reduce the time. The 1st time you do it check them often around the 25 minute mark with a toothpick – mine were ready in 30 minutes.
I just made this, and it came out perfectly!!! The only modifications I made, was adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and I melted the butter in a saucepan with the mashed banana, like another commenter suggested. I used a vintage milk glass loaf pan and reduced oven temp to 325 degrees and baked for 45 minutes. This is the BEST banana bread that I’ve ever had! I am so thrilled, as this is the very first time that I have made banana bread that it has come out perfectly! Thank you Elise!! Can’t wait to try your other recipes!
Made it this am for a play date. I split it into three small loaf pans so it baked faster. Was super easy and delicious. Very moist. I also added a dash of garam masala, just to make it interesting.
Adding a dash of garam masala would make it interesting!
Did it today; made it into muffins. I added a dash of cinnamon and reduced sugar to 1/5 cup. Turned out great!
Made this today, used only half cup sugar, added walnuts. Very, very good!
I doubled the recipe using 1 cup of sugar. Use a 9×12 glass pan and added chocolate chips to half. Turned out fabulous!
I made this and cooked on the bottom but doughy on top still :-/
I l;oved it but poured about 8 tblspns of Pure Mape Syurp over top before I baked it was fantastic
This is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever used.
This was the first time I made banana bread. This recipe was easy and it turned out great, so this is now going to be my banana bread recipe. Thanks for sharing it! I didn’t quite use 1/2 cup of sugar, but added chocolate. I also cooked it in a round cake pan (because I don’t own a loaf pan) for about 35-40 mins.
I love this recipe! I like to change some flour for oat and some butter for almonds! Its healthier and wondeful!
So easy to make and was super delicious!! Cooked in my oven for 50 min exactly. Added some cinnamon for flavor. Used a little less than 3/4 sugar, will probably add a tad more next time. Used 3 bananas.
My three year old twins love making this and we’ve made it several times, and if we make one loaf in the morning, it’s practically gone by lunch. :) I’m going to try the modifications I’m seeing in the comments. We always buy extra bananas and make two loaves at a time. Easy, no fail recipe and fun for little hands to help. Win!
I made this twice in three days. Used exact recipe although I used two bananas the first time and three the second. Both were great. Three a bit better. Cooked for 50 minutes in convection oven. Our new favourite snack.
I love using your recipes and my mother loves them to!! Thanks for helping me extend my baking knowledge
You are very welcome Arwen, I’m so glad you and your mother like the recipes!
Great looking recipe but I was just wondering how long this will keep for and how should you store it?
Hi Chris, it will keep several days. I typically wrap it first in plastic wrap and then again in foil. It freezes well too.
I’ve made this recipe several times and I love it! you only need one bowl to use for all the ingredients fast and easy .
do you oil the pan
In step one you butter a loaf pan.
This recipe didn’t really work out for me. The bottom was cooked, but the top a bit gooey. I wonder what happened? I give it a 6/10.
Sounds like you needed to put it back in your oven for 10 more minutes or so.
You may want to raise the rack in your oven so the top of the loaf receives more heat. With my oven, raising the pan prevents the kind of difference in doneness you describe.
I would like to use a bundt pan. does that cook differently than a regular pan?
It does cook differently. Not sure about the baking times, you’ll need to experiment to see what works best in your bundt pan.
I made banana bread today for the first time in quite a few years using this recipe. I tripled the ingredients, added cinnamon, nutmeg, lime zest, a splash of strong rum, (I am from the Caribbean so I add a little rum to almost everything I bake lol). I made one loaf plain, added raisin and pecans to one loaf and pecans and chocolate chips to another loaf. They all baked to perfection and are very delicious. My friends are asking when next I am making more. Thanks for this easy to follow recipe.
I messed up on the banana bread. I used applesauce instead of melted butter and it didn’t rise that much. I used flour I just bought. I always do very well with your recipes.
How’s long would I baker it if I wanted to make muffins?
Oh, about 12 minutes, give or take a minute or two.
I have made this recipe quite a few times now, I add chocolate chips and we all love it
Excellent results! I made this recipe exactly as written and only added 1/2 cup walnuts and
1 tsp. cinnamon and it came out PERFECTLY!
I especially liked using melted butter as I’ve always had a hard time creaming butter and sugar. I don’t have a stand mixer and the entire mixture gets caught in the hand mixer spokes–messy!–so this banana bread recipe was a breeze.
I always seem to have a few ripened bananas on the counter so this will now be my one and only go-to dessert!
Let the butter soften (chopped in small chunks) as you assemble ingredients and using the mixer add the egg and vanilla with the butter, cream it then add the brown sugar, the the white…I usually have the same problem and doing this worked perfect this time
Does this freeze well??
Hi Shyla, many people have frozen this banana bread with good results.
This is a very versatile recipe – I added a teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon (not cinnamon Sugar) and that added a great new dimension, you can also get away with a pinch of nutmeg that gives a great background flavour as well.
I made this recipe for the 3rd time today. Have been trying different ones to see which my hubby and I like best. This one has won our vote. I can’t process too much real sugar so I have been using Truvia baking blend. It turns out excellent in this recipe. 3 bananas and 60 minutes in my oven. I put in pecans and a little cinnamon just for our personal taste. Thanks so much.
This is delicious! I made an extra loaf and was wondering what the best way is to store it. Will it keep in an airtight container at room temperature? Thank you.
It should keep for a few days in an airtight container at room temp, but for longer storing, you may want to think about freezing it. I seal my banana bread in whole or half loaves, mark the package and freeze. Usually freeze 3 months or less, but have gone as long as 6 months without sacrificing the taste. When we’re ready for a loaf, I’ll take it out and let it thaw overnight. Tastes like I had just baked it!
–Obsessed with my vacuum sealer. Love it!!!
Because there are no preservatives it can go bad quickly. If you don’t eat it in a few days I would put it in the refrigerator
I put the baking soda in 1/4 sour cream and let it poof up, then added it to the batter. also added a bit of vanilla soy milk (its what I had, could have used just milk) as suggested by another comment to thin it a bit, then made mine in and 8×8 pan, cooked beautifully in 1/2 hour.
1/4 sour cream of what: cup, teaspoon, tablespoon. Just wondering thought I would try it. Sour cream in baked goods is surprisingly amazing.
Baking from scratch usually ends poorly for me but this was so easy and tasty it barely lasted a day in my house! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Made this today and added choc chips in. Wasn’t until we were eating it that I realised we’d forgotten to put any sugar in, and it tasted amazing! I’ll leave the sugar out on purpose next time.
I completely new to baking.
When you say a cup do you literally mean a cup?
How big is the cup? E.g. What volume of liquid would it hold?
Hello Louise, one cup is equal to 236 ml.
Could I use brown sugar or does it have to be white
I use white, but you could easily experiment with brown sugar. Should still work fine.
Hi yeah you might want to get the measuring spoons for cups.. its easier that way or checkout the coversion on google for ml and grams :)
This recipe is delicious!!! Instead of butter, I use cinnamon applesauce and only a half cup of suger!!!
I experimented using a healthier version of the recipe today using 1/3 cup safflower oil in place of butter, a mix of 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour, and 1/3 cup sugar. It turned out great! Thanks very much for the recipe.
I doubled the recipe and added 5 bananas which is what I had..i put it in a large tin and it came out awesome. I have a convection oven. maybe that’s why.
I love this recipe but was wondering if it would work for muffins instead? Any idea of the cook time?
Sure Michelle! In fact we have an adaptation of the recipe here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_nut_muffins/. Cook time for muffins is 20 to 25 minutes at 350°F.
After trying this recipe for the first time when I felt the bread was too hard I started addying milk – 1/2 up to 1 cup, depending on the amount of bananas used. Now I already know the proper thickness of batter so when I find it too thick I simply add milk untill it’s right and the outcome is always delicious. Soft and moist, and the doughy/hard texture is gone. I love this banana bread!
At what point do you add the milk? After it’s all mixed and feels too thick or before?
I would go slightly heavier on the banana content than adding milk, I found the base recipe to be perfect and the bread perfectly moist, it also depends on the size of the bananas, in Sydney – Australia at the moment, we are getting bananas as cheap as $1.00 kg ranging up to $2.99 kg – that’s 0.45 US Cents or $1.35 per lb and the bananas are on the big side so this may also explain why our banana bread turned out so moist, I also found, you almost have to wait to the point that you would throw the bananas away rather than eat them, don’t’ be tempted, as long as they just pale inside and not dark brown, there good to go.
When shopping, I buy a few extra bananas for the family knowing some will be used for the bread.
I love this Recipe! I use Becel margarine,3 ripe bananas always turns out at 350 for 52 minutes! Not sure if my living in northern Canada at a higher altitude makes a difference
I love this recipe because I’m usually left with two overripe bananas so recipes which require more fruit don’t work for me it’s simple but really rewarding. Today I added some roasted wallnuts and now I’m waiting for it to bake yay!
I own a restaurant and I wanted to try a simple banana mini muffin recipe. This is the one I tried, very easy and delicious. They are so cheap to make and moist, I will be offering this in place of a biscuit or cornbread. Thank you for such a delicious and cost effective recipe. A must try!
Did anyone else use three bananas? I had exactly three, and wanted to get rid of them, unfortunately I think it made it hard for the bread to cook all the way through. It looked beautiful with a nice crack in the middle, and perfectly golden, but after ten minutes out of the oven it caved. I sliced it and it was uncooked.
Mine too is not cooked after 60 min.
I used 3 bananas and it came out perfectly fine. When the top started to golden I slipped a knife in the middle to see if it was done and it wasn’t so I was a bit worried but let it cook a bit longer and then it cooked all the way through. It was a bit dry because I think I had to cook it about 10 extra minutes but it did the trick. Also I smashed my bananas to where it looked like baby food, then added the liquid ingredients in one by one which may have helped…
Mine was not cooked even after an hour and 20mins….
I don’t think the extra banana changes it that much. Cooking time can vary from oven to oven. My oven at home takes way longer than what most recipes call for. It just takes practice. Good luck!
I used 3 bananas and it was absolutely gorgeous, once 50 minutes was up it was still a bit uncooked in the middle but the outside was done so I turned the oven off and left the cake inside for 10 more minutes and it was perfect!!!
Making today! Will add nuts and chocolate chips….this is my go to recipe for bananas that turn too brown…..but the darker the better I have learned.
This is awesome, baked one for me and hubby this midday and result was perfect, Baked it a little longer like 5 more min and it’s crunchy outside and super moist inside. thanks for thie great recipe!
Can this be doubled made in a bundt pan?
Hi Angela, I haven’t tried doubling the recipe and making it in a bundt pan, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
It was delicious, but I recommend a shorter baking time. I followed the directions to a tee. I preheated the oven to 350. At 52 minutes, it smelt a little burnt, so I took it out. Now, my oven always takes longer than a recipe calls for…always. Whether cooking a turkey or baking a cake, it takes longer. This indicated 50 to 60 minutes.
When I cut it, it looked darker or almost burnt in spots. It was on the verge, but fine. It was actually delicious and very moist. The crust in parts was not as soft, but okay. I just know next time to check it at 45 minutes.
Thanks for the nice recipe!! It was really delicious and very easy.
I had over ripe bananas I needed to use. This recipe seemed simple enough. I added pecans and mini chocolate chips per my husband’s request. It turned out great;moist and delicious.
Thanks for the recipe, I had a lot of ripped bananas and figure i would try baking a band bread, I doubled up everything listed but instead of butter I use 1/3 earth balance dairy free butter and 1/3 coconut oil. It came out really well, next time though I’d like to try baking with gluten free flour. I wasn’t sure if it would impact the consistency of the bread so I didn’t bother.
Awesome banana bread….I tried it for very first time and I loved it… I substituted butter with oil and baking soda with 2 tsp of baking powder .. thanks for the baking soda notes..it’s was really useful ….tx a lot for the recipe..worth trying
Is there any substitute for butter? It’s the only ingredient I’m missing!
Hi Diamond, if you don’t have butter, I suggest looking for a different recipe. This recipe requires butter.
Could I use margarine instead?
Hi Nicole, I don’t know, I’ve never tried melting margarine.
I must admit, I nearly always make this recipe replacing the butter with the same amount of canola oil and I think it’s delicious that way too. Doesn’t have the buttery flavor of course!
apple sauce for butter it’s great
It can put very well. I baked with my 4 yr old daughter n she loved baking it and eating it. We used oil , brown sugar and added sm 5 spice powder in it. It rose very well too.?This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you.
I don’t have a 8 x 4 loaf pan and I would like to make this. Can I use a 9-1/2 x 5-1/4 pan? Should I lessen the baking time?
Yes you can use a larger pan. You may or may not need to lessen the baking time. It all depends on your oven.
This recipe turned out perfectly from the first time!!! This is a keeper!. I loved it!!!
I made this today and OMG came out perfect!! Thank you for this simple recipe and I also did the hashtag #simplyrecipe for the Instagram post. Cant wait to browse more of your recipes to make!
Made this last night, was my first time making banana bread it was so good! I added chocolate chips.
LOVE THIS RECIPE! turned out perfect. I also added walnuts. It’s easy to triple and freeze some or give as gifts . THANK YOU!
Hello! This is an amazing recipe. If I wanted to turn it into pumpkin bread, how much pumpkin purée would I need? I suppose everything else stays the same?
Hello Yassmen, rather than trying to turn this banana bread recipe into something it isn’t, I suggest trying our Pumpkin Bread recipe http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pumpkin_bread/. It’s excellent.
some years ago, I made my first Banana Quick Bread lifted from a Family Circle magazine (sold old issues here in the Philippines till now). It turned out okay. And every time I made a few variations; like substituting peanut, kasuy nuts or pili nut instead of walnut which is very expensive here. I used brown sugar and 1/2 cup milk. The milk I used and in my other baking recipes is an evaporated milk, a can is 370 ml (380g) and a block of butter of 225 g (7.94oz). I don’t know then what is a stick of butter and its equivalent. Now, I checked your measurement converter. Maybe next time, I’ll upload picturesof the usual sizes of ingredients typically available in local supermarkets. Of course, there’s high end supermarkets, too, but a housewife then, now 75 y.o. lola with limited dough can’t brave to shop there.
The different sizes available here of the ingredients called for from foreign magazines recipes were problems for me. But, somehow, I learned to substitue or re-invent. I started baking in 1972, stopped baking in 1987. 2013 my daughter – who was born a year after I started baking, bought a nice and good oven. But, only last Christmas did I try to bake. and the old chocolate cake I used to bake then was a big flopped! So, I decided to check on websites to re-learn baking again. Your website is very informative, easy to read because it’s simple, and I think all that I want to know I’ll find here.
Thanks, Elise, andEmma and all the rest of your nice staff.
Now, I’m browsing your website. My goodness, I found some of the recipes I’ve done in the past! And, I’m now aching to run to the kitchen and start bake again. And, read this Banana Bread. My childrden then, and their elementary classmates loved the banana bread, cookie and brownies and chocolate cakes I made for them.
It’s late afternoon now here as I type this. Tomorrow, I’ll run to the nearest supermarket and buy some of the ingredients and will start again the banana bread and cookie and brownie I found in your amazing website. Thanks, Elise. I’ll discover more about your website as far as my eyesight can. . I also thank your guest writers who answered questions because I took note from them, too.
I just wanted to say, this is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever tried. I added some chocolate chips and walnuts and my family went crazy over it, myself included. It is delicious!
What is the effect of the absence of vanilla?
Hi Hanney, just a little less flavor.
I had some overripe bananas and needed to use them. The banana bread came out great. It was soft and moist. Followed the recipe. Used 3 bananas and 3/4 cup sugar. It was just sweet enough. My family loved it.
Can I freeze the banana bread? And what is the ideal time for the banana bread to be left out before we freeze it? (thats going of the first question.
Hi Erika, yes you can freeze banana bread. You need to let it cool down completely, wrap it first in plastic wrap, then again in foil.
What is the best butter to use for this recipe, salted or unsalted?
Either will work.
If i use the salted one, shall I not use salt on it? Thanks for the reply. Will be making this tonight.
Hi Shiela May, even if you use salted butter, still add salt.
I would say unsalted considering the recipe calls for salt
can you use a 5 x 9 loaf pan instead of a 4 x 8?
Yes, though you might not need as much time. Maybe just a few minutes less.
I am a newbie at baking and would like to try out this wonderful recipe. But i am stuck at the “1/3 cup of melted butter”.
Is 1/3 cup of butter, melted = 1/3 cup of melted butter?
Is there a conversion to weight?
Either 1/3 cup of melted butter or 1/3 cup of butter melted will work. The difference is minimal.
If you look on the side of a stick of butter, 1/3 of a cup is 5 and 1/3 pats of butter as marked of on the side of the stick.
Hey, is it 1/3 CUP (76 gms) butter or 1/3 STICK (38 gms)?
1/3 cup (76 g).
Hi Jo, I gave you the wrong weight conversion. The correct one is 76 g.
Got it, Elise!
I made this bread and my family loved it! Even added walnuts to it.
Thanks for this easy AND yummy recipe!
Didn’t come out good – very flat. Where is the baking powder????
There is no baking powder in this recipe but more than enough baking soda and an egg for leavening. To check your baking soda to make sure it’s still good, sprinkle a little vinegar on it. It should bubble up vigorously. As for eggs, you’ll get the best rise from eggs that are fresh and at room temperature.
I made this banana bread for my staff and students at work…and the response was awesome! Everyone inhaled the bread in minutes…I used some cinnamon, crushed walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips. One bath of this batter fit 3 mini tins, so I produced over 30 to give out! I also love that this recipe is low in sugar…I was able to reduce it a little more and it’s still a delectable treat. Now everyone is asking for the recipe!
Just made it today…so simple yet delicious ..loved it. Thanks
I just baked this banana bread it’s so easy.. this is my first time baking bread.. thanks again for a great recipe.
Can I freeze my banana bread
I don’t generally leave comments, but I absolutely had to share my love for this recipe! This is hands down THE BEST banana bread recipe I have ever tried. I also add about two handfuls of lightly crushed walnuts, which I also recommend if you/your loved ones enjoy them as well, and I also substituted white sugar for brown (because I didn’t have time to go to the store lol).
Thanks so much for sharing, my family and I cannot get enough!!
I’m trying this recipe for the first time – it’s in the oven right now! Just for fun, I added a couple tablespoons of ground chia seeds :)
To follow up… my banana bread turned out great! It was SO fluffy! I didn’t expect that and it was a big hit. Chia seeds worked well and I would try more next time. You don’t even know they’re in there. Egg at room temperature for sure – I think that helped make it so fluffy.
This is the 3rd time in a month I’m making this, it’s THAT good. Today’s loaf will be given to our local Fire Department which responded with warp speed 2 nights ago to our call because our oven was on fire because I left a plastic cutting board in it. NEVER AGAIN.
The recipe calls for All purpose flour, I have a huge bag of self rising flour, will that make a difference in the finished product? I am going to be making about 45 loaves for our local fire department and want them to turn out as delicious as the reviews say it is!!
Hi Nancy, self rising flour already has leavening in it, so if you use it in a baked good, you shouldn’t need to add baking soda or baking powder. In the case of this banana bread recipe, I haven’t tried replacing the all purpose flour with self-rising, so don’t know what to tell you about how well the substitution would work.
Awesome recipe!! Banana bread came out good. I am diabetic so I used 1 cup of Splenda sugar instead of regular white sugar. I used 3 bananas. Like you said previously baking times differ, I baked mine about 10 minutes less than in the recipe. I will be using this recipe again. Thank you.
Do i have to add the vanilla extract or can i leave it out?
You can leave it out if you want. It’s better with it in.
I made this yesterday with my 5 yr old son, he was a great help peeling and mashing the six bananas I used as I doubled the recipe and made one large loaf and 2 minis. He also requested chocolate chips, so added half white half dark chocolate. Turned out amazing, and I got to freeze the 2 minis. Thanks for such an easy and tasty recipe. YUM!!!
Yummy! I made these as muffins and added chocolate chips and they turned out amazing! So moist!
If using muffin tin is the baking time less?
I added 2 regular size bananas which I had frozen. I always throw my browning bananas in the freezer and pop them out to make banana bread. It turned out wonderfully and the timing was right on as well, an hour was about perfect. The lady adding 6=8 bananas was overdoing it a bit in my opinion. Also probably why it took longer to bake hello! Great recipe though. Very easy. Very yummy!!
I didn’t have overripe bananas…I had some that were just turned ripe, nice and firm and white. But this recipe sounded so good (and I wanted banana cake so badly) that I decided to see what I could do.
What I did was to mash up the bananas, and then put them in a sauce pan along with the butter, and slowly cooked them. Cooking not only melted the butter (as called for by the recipe), but also softened the bananas very nicely, as well as really bringing out that banana flavor.
Cooked the rest according to the recipe’s instructions (except I added one tsp of cinnamon, as well), and came out as absolutely the best banana bread I’ve ever had! Moist and flavorful. I’m sure this is in large part because of this excellent recipe, but I think that the cooked bananas also added a little something extra :-)
Thank you!! I wanted to make this today but didn’t have over ripe bananas. I have made this recipe multiple times and each time it turns out great!
You can always bake bananas to ripen them. Peel on and everything. Works like a charm!
Recipe was good and easy to make. It would be better if the quantity of bananas to use is more specific. So I would recommend 6 to 8 if bananas are small. 2 eggs if there is no large egg. Add dash of fresh milk if you find recipe is dry (approx. 30 ml or less). My cake turns out perfect.
Just made this. It’s the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted! I added a cup of chopped fresh nuts. I cracked pecans, almonds, walnuts, brazils and hazels from our nut bowl. Wow.
Baking time is incorrect! I baked more like 1 hour 15 minutes plus. I checked to make sure it was baked through the loaf.
Hi Jill, everyone’s oven works a little different. That and even the color of the baking pan can affect baking time.
I only had one banana so added banana extract in place of vanilla and added strawberries mashed from frozen zapped in microwave to thaw first. Hope it turns out good. The batter tasted good!
I doubled this recipe, and cut the sugar and butter down by 1 tsp. I didn’t have baking soda so I used baking powder. The bread still turned out moist and delicous. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! <3 <3
I also added to packs of banana oatmeal to make it a little healthier.
I would add a picture of it but I am not sure how?
Just made it. It is delicious. I used 6 very ripe bananas and doubled everything else. Made a loaf and a dozen muffins.
Fanstastic recipe. Turned bananas that were bound for the trash into a delicious treat. Thanks
I just tried this recipe and failed for some reason. I followed all of the instructions…it almost felt like i should have added more flour than required?
Love this recipe, very easy to put together for a great dessert bread. We put chocolate chips and nuts. Last time I added some sour cream to make a moister bread
I have never had a banana bread ever, we don’t have it where i live. And since i have some ripe banana lying to be tossed out, I decided to give this recipe a try.
I was very overjoyed by the lovely smell indicating my succes. However when cutting into the loaf I was lost… What is the desired consistency for such a cake? Mine was very packed, almost felt like taking a bunch of white bread mushing together into a ball. Is that how it’s supposed to be???
The taste was however delicious, the banana flavour wasn’t overwhelming and the sweetness was about perfect! Only concern is the consistency…
No, it shouldn’t be that packed. Sounds like it needed to bake longer. Also check your baking soda to make sure it is still good (add a little vinegar to a small amount, if it bubbles up like crazy, it’s still good).
Banana bread is pretty dense and is much more like pound cake than actual bread, but it sounds to me like you might have over-mixed your ingredients. It’s really important to stop mixing as soon as your ingredients are blended together- it’s okay if it’s a little lumpy, but if you mix your batter too much for too long, you’ll end up with bread that’s a little too packed.
Excellent point Erica! Agreed, if you over-mix the ingredients, the banana bread will end up rather dense.
I dont usually comments on recipes, but i will this time, this is the best banana bread i ever had! I love baking banana bread but im not fan eating it, my husband likes it, but i am very picky, so he is the one that eats it, but this recipe, i really love it! not just making it but eating it and im always looking forward to make this when i have a lot of banana. Thank you!
thanks for the recipes, i ñove banana bread…
i have a queston,
2 bananas how much is in cup aproximately???
where i live, we have differents size of bananas
greetings form tabasco, méxico
Hi Fabiola, you’ll want 1 1/4 cup of mashed banana for the best results.
Scrumptious and easyI I have used this recipe many times, and decided to add walnuts and dried cherries. Yum! Also adjusted recipe to yield 4 loaves to share with friends. This banana bread freezes well. Thanks Elise
Thank You!! Best Banana Bread!! Per suggestion used 1/4 cup sugar. Also made muffins adding walnuts in one batch and toll house choc chips in the other.
I’ve been using this recipe for over ten years… I came looking for it again because the copy I have is so dirty and beat up and I wanted to print it again. This is the BEST banana bread you will ever make. Ever.
Just made a double batch for the first time. Can’t wait to try them! If they taste half as good as they made the house smell I will be making these regularly for sure!
Pretty fast they were done in 15 mins, I used a muffin tin instead…less sugar in my recipe though.
It is in the oven as I am typing.I can’t wait for a bite.thanks for the beautiful recipe.
Ma Vadnais/ Pulling uses Buttermilk in hers. She says that’s her secret. Not anymore. It is good and moist.
It came out very good. Very simple and easy cleaning. Kids loved it. Definitely try again.
This is the best recipe for banana bread! I’ve made it plain so many times and with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips a few times, and both types came out great. Could we substitute all purpose flour with whole wheat for a healthier version?
I have made this recipe with whole wheat pastry flour and it came out great. I also substituted brown sugar for half of the white sugar to help keep it moist.
This is, without a doubt, the BEST and simplest banana bread recipe I have ever made. My family couldn’t get enough. I had 2 over ripe bananas to use, and I did add an extra teaspoon of vanilla since I love the flavor. Then I made it extra special with chocolate chips and walnuts. This recipe will be printed, used often, and committed to memory. Thank you!
Hey, everyone, I thought about how easy and what a terrific base this recipe is, and I just finished 2 experiments you may enjoy. For the 1st one prepare fresh cranberry sauce by following the package instructions and allowed it to cool. Then incorporate about half into the batter. Place it in a muffin tin and bake it at 350°F for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one comes out clean. For the 2nd idea take a can of apple pie filling and roughly cut the apples into chunks and add all of it to the batter. Bake these muffins at 350°F for about 23-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. The family and I really enjoyed these and I hope you do, too.
Making it right now and it looks good. Thank you.
LA from South Africa.
I just made this banana bread and it is delicious the only change was the oven temp to 325 instead of 350 only because my oven gets a little to hot and I did not want to burn the bread great reciepe
How long did you leave it in at 325? My oven gets hotter than most as well
I’ve been using this recipe for a while now and have made some adjustments. It’s in such high demand when I make it so I usually make 5 loaves. “Adjsutments:” 1. Use 4-5 bananas per loaf. 2. Chopped walnuts in eveything. 3. Add cinnamon to taste. 4. Add peanut butter and/or chocolate chips to one loaf. 5. I call this loaf, “Elvis” add peanut butter chips and chopped cooked bacon.
How much peanut butter did you add to the recipe? Sounds delicious.
I added raisins, cinnamon, walnuts,
” the batter was very thick it was too thick to pour but not thick enough to be dough is this normal ?? Should I add a splash of milk”??
Hi Star, the batter should be thick, this is normal. No need to add a splash of milk.
I think it depends how many bananas you use and how ripe they are. Two of mine were very ripe and one wasn’t as and mine wasn’t too thick to pour. Are you using very ripe bananas?
My family loves this recipe. We make muffins, ingredients and amounts the same. bake for about 20 minutes. Yummy and my one daughter does not even like bananas and she LOVES them. Thank you
I have been using this banana bread recipe for 5+ years now. My family LOVES it!!!! This weekend I am baking for a bake sale. I used this recipe and split it into 3 mini loaf pans. (Dimensions are approx. 3 x5in) I baked on 350° and cut baking time in half. Cooked for 30-35min. They were as delicious as ever!!!! Best recipe ever!!!!
Just made this recipe as posted accept substituted whole wheat flour and it was delicious. May add some walnuts next time, and there definitely will be a next time. Pretty simple and not much clean up. Mixed everything by hand in one bowl. Melted butter in a coffee cup in microwave and afterward beat the egg in the same cup before added to the mix.
1871 calories in the whole loaf
Just made this recipe and all I can say is Mmmmm because I can’t stop eating it. I couldn’t wait for it to cool to try it because the delicious scent coming from the oven while it cooked had my belly talking. I added chocolate chips so my kids would try it, however I’m not sure I want to share. I am so thankful that you shared this recipe.
I have tried many Banana Bread recipes and this is by far the best!!!!
I Love this recipe! I have made it once in a loaf pan and this morning as muffins. Do you have an idea of calorie count for the recipe? Was just curious and thank you.
can I double this? can’t wait to try it, but maybe I should just do one first?? thanks for this great and easy recipe!
can i bake this in a 9×5 loaf pan
Yes, though it may not take as long to cook.
Great recipe – I have made it at least a dozen times for the past year. Question: Is it suitable for freezing?
Hi Maria, sure, I don’t see why not!
I made this but added walnuts and chocolate chips. I also topped it with toasted walnuts and a glaze made with powderd sugar and milk.
Can I substitute eggs
Awesome easy recipe. I made this in minimum time. I altered the recipe to suit my family’s tastes by adding grains, nuts and a variety of spices. It went all at once……only thing left is a promise you make it every weekend.
When it says “1/3 cup of melted butter” should we measure the butter before we melt it, or after?
Either way is fine! The amount will be the same before or after melting — 1/3 cup is 5 1/3 tablespoons. You can use the leftover 2/3 tablespoon to grease the pan!
Usually sticks of butter have the marking on the wrapper itself. I made this and just followed the wrapping without measuring it after.
it works out to 76 grams if you convert it , I converted it on google then weighed it.
I did not have the correct loaf pan size so I baked it in a miniature bundt pan and it looked really nice! However the baking time was dramatically less, about 35 minutes, so not sure if that had to do with the pan. Great taste!
I have made this recipe several times an it is very consistent and delicious. I use half a cup of sugar, and I add chopped walnuts to the mix. Yummy every time!
I made this yesterday and also the muffins. Both were amazing! I added chopped walnuts to the muffins. Neither took as long to bake which was great but I know ovens vary. This recipe is definitely a keeper!!
I’ve made this for a few years now and hands down it is the best banana bread recipe out there.
I’ve even changed it up sometimes too, I add 3/4 cup wheat flour, 3/4 cup white flour or made my oatmeal flour (using a small food processor) , cut the sugar to 1/2 cup brown sugar. I’ve also added 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut along with 1/4 cup walnuts (was told its the best bread ever for that loaf) lol… My point is you can play around with this recipe, making it different if you want to for friends or family with different taste/ or sugar restrictions.. Of course the original is awesome too! Thank you for my go to favorite recipe.
Add chocolate chips,or broken Hershey bars—-yummy
We tried this recipe and it turned out great even if we are beginners to baking. This fits a medium loaf pan just right. I love the fact that you left options for the sugar content as we like our banana bread not too sweet. Thank you for this recipe.
I’ve made this recipe about a dozen times now and have never commented about how much I love this banana bread recipe on here! Anyone who’s tried it with me loves it too, especially my nephew who asks me to make it especially for him. I’m lucky that the first time I made banana bread, I found this recipe bc I’ve never had to use another one! The last two times, I was short on time, so I put the batter into cupcake molds. I didn’t use liners, but I did butter them first. I baked for about 30 minutes – give or take- instead of the hour and the yield was 12. Tonight I put Ghiradelli chocolate chips in 6 of them! I can’t wait until they’re done! Only 24 minutes to go! Yum! Much thanks to the original baker who created this recipe!
I’ve made this a few times, and it always took way longer than the recipe said to finish baking. I think it has something to do with altitude- I live near Denver. Today, I used 1 3/4 cups flour instead of 1 1/2, and it turned out much better!
I make it today for my 2 year old son, i use margarine and baking powder because i don’t have baking soda. Its really moist and i didn’t mashed the banana much leaving banana pieces in the bread, yummy! its the best recipe i tried for banana bread.
I absolutely love this recipe! I use Country crock instead of butter cuz that’s what have. I also add nuts because that’s how my boyfriend likes it. I make 4 loafs at a time and they are always a hit! This recipe makes it so easy to bake, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
I’m so glad you like it Shellie!
HELP!!!!! Today is my husbands birthday! (We havnt been married that long) I have a cake mix here, so I could bake him a cake!! I’m injured, so I had to just get a cake mix!! Anyway, he blows me over this morning with, ” I don’t think I want a cake!! I want Banana Bread!” Seriously?? So I looked up this simply recipe!!! Looks simple enough, all the reviews r amazing! My problem is, I threw out the brown Banana yesterday! & I don’t have any butter!! What can I do to make him some kind of something??? I have flour, eggs, Smart Balance Oil, sugar, Applesauce!! Anybody, know what I can do????
Hi Tina, I would make him an applesauce cake: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/applesauce_spice_cake/ Use oil instead of butter.
Do you use unsalted or salted butter??
I use unsalted butter, but either will work.
The 1st time I made this about 2 weeks ago, I used bananas. I made it again tonight for a quick grab and go breakfast the rest of the week and I used zucchini instead and it is AWESOME!!! This has got to be my go to base recipe for future breads….can’t wait to grate some carrots and add some craisins! Thanks !
I’m so glad I found this easy delicious recipe! I just made it today and while my breads usually are not done in the middle this time the bottom and sides got a little too done. I only had it in 50 minutes. I might have to cut back a couple minutes. Just hope it will be done in middle then. Any other tips to keep bread from getting too brown?
Hi Sharon, I would lower the temp in your oven by 25°F. Every oven is different, so sometimes you just have to find the temp that works best for your oven.
I am cooking this as I read the comments. Mine got brown way before the inside was done. I turned the oven to 325 and hopefully it will finish without burning on the outside. I am using a metal pan also so that could be why.
Can I use raw sugar?
I don’t see why not
I LOVE this recipe! All of my coworkers get so excited when I make it!
I want to make this recipe but don’t have vanilla extract. Is there anything I can do?
Just skip it!
I made this for the first time today with a few alerations and it turned out moist and DELICIOUS!!! The alterations were as such:
I doubled the recipe and used:
two sticks / one cup of melted butter
I substituted the flour for Sprouted Spelt Flour (same equivalent) – which is great for Celiacs or anyone with wheat or gluten intolerance, and it tastes great too.
one cup of sugar
add 1 tsp Nutmeg and 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves (approximately)
Baked at 325 for 45 minutes — be sure to check with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked through, but don’t bake too long to avoid it becoming dry.
I have made this bread three times. It’s the best banana bread ever. So easy to make. I made while I was washing up the dishes.love it.
I made this today and instead of all purpose flour I used whole wheat pastry flour (since I ran out of AP flour) and the texture was perfect! I’ll be using this recipe as my base and experiment with it.
This is so funny. This is my exact recipe from my German grandmother that she used 75 years ago. Exact! And it’s the best bread I’ve ever had. I just happened to see this recipe when looking for something else and noticed it looked very similar. Too funny. I highly recommend this recipe! Mmmmm
I’m making this right now!! It’s baking in the oven!!!
I made this yesterday. This was my first banana bread. Perfectly cooked after only 50 mins. (I think my oven runs bit hot, so I kept it closer to 325 than 350…old oven with a dial). I was delicious! Moist and flavourful with a lovely crust. Can’t wait to try it with chocolate chips!
Can margarine instead of butter be used in it ?
Hi Leigh Anne, I don’t see why not. If you make it with margarine, please let us know how it turns out for you!
I made this last night and it turned out great! There’s a very small piece left today. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
This recipe is amazing! I made it at my in-law’s house at 7,000 ft. I also didn’t have measuring cups or spoons so I eye-balled it. I was shocked when it came out delicious. Thank you for such a great recipe!
This IS my go to recipe for banana bread. I also use it to make muffins. I’ve added nuts, choc chips, and sometimes a bit of coconut and it always comes out perfect. Thank you.
Just made this recipe. My husband loves banana bread and I used to make one with a more complicated recipe. Searched for a simple recipe and found this. Was so pleasantly surprised at the result. Moist and easy to make. Used 1/4 Splenda and 2/4 sugar. Came out perfect, not too sweet, and center perfectly baked. Thank you!
This recipe is easy and delicious. I made one loaf with pecas and chocolate chips wonderful and one with raisens. Thanks for posting
I just made this recipe vegan and it turned out great! Made muffins instead of a loaf to avoid the uncooked center proven and added in some vegan chocolate chips as well !!
I made the bread this morning and added 1 tsp of cinnamon, chopped walnuts and chocolate chips, it is amazing!
I have made this banana bread many times and it is really good. I sprinkle brown sugar and nuts on top. I also add baking powder to the recipe. I notched some people have problems with raw centers. I would suggest lowing the temperature of the oven and cooking a little longer.
Best and easier recipe ever! I just add some pecans.
Easy to make .
Beautifully brown on top
RAW IN THE MIDDLE UGHHHHH
Just made :)
can this be freezed and for how long do U recommend?
Why can’t I get my quick banana bread to get done in the middle?
Try cooking it longer, using a dark baking pan, testing to make sure your baking soda is still good, or using a large egg and starting with it at room temperature.
Could whole wheat flour be used instead of all purpose?
Hi Judy, I haven’t made this with whole wheat flour, but if you do, please let us know how it works out for you!
I’m getting ready to try this recipe and am going to use banana’s from my yard, will this be an issue? Also they are smaller than a store bought banana so how many should I use? I also want to use mini loaf pans, any suggestion on how much batter would go into each pan? Can this recipe be doubled or tripled? Thanks for your feedback.
Hi Jonathon, mash enough bananas to fill 1 to 1 1/4 cup with banana purée.
Can I use frozen bananas in this recipe?
Sure, but you may need to defrost them first.
Always use frozen bananas. This recipe is now family favorite. Try it with cream cheese
A friend shared this recipe with me now I make it almost every time my bananas become too ripened to eat. I love it and so does my husband! I add cinnamon as well. Thanks!
Just made this recipe and it’s in the oven now. Only difference from my mom’s fabulous recipe is that this calls for vanilla extract and uses melted butter instead of shortening. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Did anyone think otherwise?
My family loves banana bread and I’m trying this recipe for the first time right now…I just put it in the oven. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Dunno what I did wrong, but, after an hour and 10 minutes in the oven, the center is still uncooked. Sad days :c
Made it and it tastes A-MAZING. Moist and sweet!
This is an amazing recipe! I am a horrible cook and I just made this recipe for the first time and it came out perfect and delicious! Very easy and cheap to make! Even my boyfriend who refuses to eat my cooking just finished his 3rd slice. Happy dance here!
I hate to ask but do you have a calorie count for this recipe?
I do not. Sort of hard to do actually, since you could just slice thinner slices and cut whatever calorie count I came up with in half.
I keep this recipe in my desktop bookmarks. It’s super easy especially with the melted butter. I use all brown sugar, half oats and half flour and add raisins and blueberries. Yummy!! Thank you.
Not sure why this recipe has ANY negitive reviews. I’m not the best cook/baker ever, and this was my first time making banana bread. I followed it almost exactly. I used 3 bananas and 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 brown sugar. Baked in muffin tins (only took 30 minutes to cook). They are moist and delicious. Tastes like how my grandma makes it. Will definitely try it with walnuts next time. Perfect for holiday food gifts.
Outer part brown inside soup followed recipe to the t and do not understand why it will not bake in center.
Hi Del, it sounds like you need to bake it longer given your oven set-up. If the outside gets too brown, cover it with foil. Also it could be that you are using larger bananas than standard, which would increase the moisture level in the bread and make it take longer to cook.