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. :-)
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.
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!!!
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.
I just tried this recipe and added a little cinnamon, and substituted coconut oil for butter, and 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup white. It was amazing!!! Keeping this recipe under the tasty tab. :)
I just made this recipe… tossed in a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips & baked it in a bundt pan. As soon as it cools I’m top it with a honey bourbon glaze!
Thanks. A nice simple recipe with room to maneuver. I added an extra banana, twice the vanilla as well as a big teaspoon of cinnamon and ket the sugar low. Excellent tasting result and nice consistency but I wonder if the extra banana is why it didn’t rise too well on the ends or is that my oven temperature maybe too low?
Hi Rabbit, yes an extra banana as well as liquid from the extra vanilla will affect the rise.
Made it to the T, came out PERFECT!!
I just made this and it’s in the oven. I always find it to be funny when it says to be cooled completely. Yeah, right like that’s ever gonna happen. Lol
Thanks Kirsten. Now I’ve used SR flour and added a bit more soda and managed to get it to rise better on the ends by keeping covered loosely with alfoil for the first half of baking time. About an hour in our oven. I don’t think it’s very efficient despite being fan forced as most things require higher temps and cooking times in it. The result is great anyway, it’s fairly dense and cuts like a Danish rye bread so cuts lovely even slices that don’t crumble.
Is there any magic to the order these ingredients are added? Is there any reason I can’t add al the dry ingredients at once? I thought I’d premix the dry ingredients and store in a mason jar for when we have ripe bananas.
Hi Babychupes, I’ve put the ingredients in this order because it makes it easier to do everything in one large bowl, in a manner that allows for the ingredients to be well incorporated. If you want, you can dump everything in a bowl at once, it will still work. Or you can separate the dry from the wet ingredients and do it that way.
Thanks for the quick response!
Yeah…. no need to mess up extra bowls…. just dump it all together and mix. Turns out great !
This is my new go to recipe for banana bread. I love, love using melted butter instead of oil. It adds wonderful flavor. The texture of this bread was great, not too dense.
Love the recipe. It couldn’t have been more simpler. It turned out just right
5 star recipe. Thank You
Fantastic – Really enjoyed this easy recipe. Added just a dusting of Nutmeg and the bread turned out perfect. Thank you!
I used GF flour instead a regular one and it works perfectly. Easy and lovely taste.
Love this recipe! Sometimes I add Chocolate chips or switch out the flour for whole-wheat flour and it turns out perfect everytime!
I’ve made this a number of times now. Always turns out perfectly. I put in some chopped up chocolate peanut butter cups this last time. Yum.
I love how it taste and how easy this recipe is! But my bread turn out like it was uncooked although it is cooked I even left it few more minutes in the oven, I don’t know if it needed more batter time or what….
Sounds like you needed to cook it longer, or use a little less banana.
I just tried this recipe, smells awesome but it did not rise, I followed the recipe to a T step by step, very low flat bread.it’s currently cooloing.
Hi Krista, it sounds like your baking soda was too old (look http://www.simplyrecipes.com/the_difference_between_baking_soda_and_baking_powder/ to see how to check) and/or your egg was old. The leavening comes from the baking soda and the egg so if either of those is off, you won’t get a good rise.
The baking soda is a brand new box and the egg is not old just bought them a week ago
I just tried the bread… Yummy, and moist will use this recipe again even if the bread does not rise :)
Whenever bananas start to brown throw them in the freezer until you have enough! The peels will turn black but they’re still good!
I loved this recipe! I was so pleased with how fast and easy this was to put together. I added some cinnamon sugar on top and it turned out perfectly! It looked just like the picture. :)
The best! Every time I make it, everyone loves it!
Made this banana bread today. Came out great. I used half cup sugar,some nutmeg, some cinnamon spice. Great, everyone enjoyed it.
Found your recipe for banana bread last night and made it today. Simple and easy and so yummy. Thanks we love it!!
I love banana bread. I tried making this recipe but it turned out really dense, and I don’t know what I did wrong. Is the batter suppose to be thick? And do you have any tips for making the banana bread less dense? Thanks
For more baking fun add a cup of chopped walnuts and a dollop of sour cream. Yummy!!
delicious cake! plenty of praise from all :) took it to work and everyone love it. Thank you. I tripled the recipe because I had 9 bananas and it turned out great.
Is there a substitute for baking soda
Hi Kandel, check out the instructions for substitutions here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/the_difference_between_baking_soda_and_baking_powder/
I know that liquid and solid measurements often vary, so do I cut off 1/3 stick of butter and then melt it? Or fill a 1/3 cup with melted butter?
Hi Annie, you don’t have to be that precise for this recipe. When I make this recipe usually I measure out the butter, then melt it.
This recipe is the best banana bread I have ever made. It perfectly moist and very tasty. I wanted to eat the whole loaf in one sitting.
Can I double the recipe and split the batter in two pans?
Hi Carol, yes, you can do that.
I just tried this recipe, used 1/2 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and was out of all-purpose flour so I used self-rising flour and omitted the baking soda. I added raisins and pecans. Made muffins instead of a loaf (cooked for 25 minutes). Was outstanding!!! Got lots of praises from my family.
I replaced the flour with oat flour ( just by putting plain oatmeal in the blender until it comes out with a flour like or powdery consistency) and replaced the sugar with agave nectar for a healthier alternative. Came out Delicious. Thank you for this recipe.
Hi Melanie, cool! I’m so glad those substitutions worked for you. Love the idea of using oat flour, especially for gluten-free folks.
Made this tonight and am very pleased with the result! This is my new go-to recipe for banana bread. Thank you!
Mine too……everyone loves it….
Thanks for the the banana recipe.
Can I substitute 1-1 gluten free flour?
Hi Debbie, I haven’t tried subbing gluten-free flour, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
I like how simple this recipe is. But I seem to have a little issue – the dough in the middle is a little soggy even though it seems to be cooked well (brown crust). Any ideas?
Hi Mike, I would bake it longer, and if it appears to be getting too browned on top, put some foil over the top.
Had 5 bananas, doubled the recipe, added walnuts, exchanged the butter with applesauce, smells delicious just waiting till it finishing baking!
Great recipe , very simple, moist , through chopped nuts of any kind, raisins , topped with whip cream
Can you use brown sugar?
Hi Brandi, I haven’t made it with brown sugar, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
Can this be made into muffins? If so would anything change? Cook time?
Hi Rochelle, yes, many people have made them into muffins. See the directions here for banana nut muffins: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_nut_muffins/
I don’t normally comment on recipes, but this honestly is the best banana bread that I have ever made. I am so pleased!
Is a 9 x 5 pan okay? Would I need to adjust the recipe, and if so, how?
Hi Demarian, yes a 9×5 pan is fine. The bread might be done 5 minutes earlier, so check a few minutes earlier.
Used this recipe a few times now. It’s great. I have trouble when making banana loaf..my edges come out too brown. Any ideas?
Hi Amanda, I would try baking the loaf in a lighter colored pan or a pyrex baking dish if too much edge browning is happening.
Just made my first ever banana loaf. My son who won’t try anything has just said how tasty it is. The recipe was so easy to follow and tastes delicious will be making another one soon
Great recipe. I added cinnamon to it and walnuts. Made it my own. But wow….
I just baked my first (but not last) loaf. Simple and simply delicious! That melted butter makes all the difference. Thanks for this recipe!
Thanks for the great recipe base! I switched the butter for flax seed oil, the sugar for maple syrup and used whole wheat flower instead of all purpose. The result was amazing even made another loaf with walnuts. It turned out great! :)
I just starting making banana bread in the past month or so. This recipe is great because it’s so easy and basic pantry indregitents. I’ve made 3 or 4
loaves so far. I used this recipe to make muffins today and they were incredible. I actually found the banana flavor more pronounced in the muffins but maybe it was just the bananas I used. I would absolutely recommend this recipe to anyone!
I have used this recipie too many times to count, I love it!
Good batter but not good results. I reset and reset the timer after the hour plus and still flat and mush. .my husband wanted a bread not a flat mush dough
Sounds like your baking soda might have lost some of its umph. Or the egg isn’t fresh enough. The two elements that provide a rise in this bread are baking soda and egg.
If I were to use ground flax instead of egg to make it vegan, could I add more baking soda to give it the same amount of rise it would have with the egg?
Hi Leda, rather than adding more baking soda, which can be rather bitter if you have too much of it, I might try adding a teaspoon of baking powder. Just make sure it’s fresh and still good. (Add water to a little bit of it, if it bubbles, it’s still good)
It says 2-3 bananas. Is there a volume of mashed banana in cups that works best in this recipe?
Hi Erin, between 1 and 1 1/2 cups of bananas.
I just made this for the first time! Very delicious and almost as good as my mommas! ;)
This is the second time I made this recipe in a week. It is great. We love it just the way it is, however reading the comments I will add chocolate chips and a touch of cinnamon next time!
I tried this and it came out great! I love to cook but hate to bake so I was nervous when I decided to take this on. I’m happy to say that it was a hit and I will be making this again. Thanks for sharing!
Hello :) I want to make this with apple sauce instead of sugar… What would the swap be so the bread doesn’t get soggy?
I can’t count the number of times I’ve made this recipe…! It’s so good, moist and tasty, everyone I know loves it. Definitely my favorite banana bread recipe ever. Tastes like love and bananas. I sometimes add nutmeg and it’s always a plus. You gotta try it!
What Is the Measurement for 1 Cup?!?!?!
You can always Google it. 1 cup is 236 ml.
8 ounces = 1 cup
I used a measure of 250ml
Thanks so much for posting this. We were invited to dinner last night and I brought the banana bread for dessert. Everyone enjoyed it…..it’s a keeper for sure, and so easy to make!
This is an awesome recipe for a quick banana bread. We only used a half cup of sugar, but I still think we could have used less. It was sweet! It came out perfect though. Very moist and the banana flavor was all there and it looked amazing. We used 4 small loaf pans for this recipe. I did feel like it was missing a little something. I’ll just have to go eat some more to figure it out. ;)
I tried the banana bread recipe because I did not want the overripe bananas to go to waste. It came out perfect. I did not have vanilla extract so I used almond extract and I added some cinnamon powder and nutmeg and it was delicious. Thank you.
I enjoyed making this recipe. It was indeed quick and easy. I reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup, and added cinnamon, applesauce (for extra natural sweetener and moisture) and walnuts. It was plenty sweet, believe me. I will definitely be making this again.
I tried it and it came out pretty good, only drawback is that the baking soda gave it a slightly bitter taste, otherwise very moist.
I made for the first time yesterday. Came out very moist and great. Easy to do and easy one bowl cleanup. I didn’t have a cooling rack so I just let it cool in the pan after cooking for 54 minutes. Still seems delicious. Will try Splenda for baking blend next time instead of all sugar and see how that goes. Ty for the recipe.
I just tried this recipe for the first time, I have NEVER made banana bread before and this was super easy to make, I even added fresh blueberries to it for a bit more fruit. Was super easy and fun to do, thanks for the awesome recipe!
I have used this recipe often. Easy to do, one of my go to recipes now.
So I’ve managed to save some bananas long enough to make some bread. I’m gluten and dairy intolerant, but I don’t really care for recipes made especially for those reasons. I picked this recipe because it was so simple to make. I realized most of the way through that I don’t have any vanilla so I left it out. And I, of course, used gluten-free flour. It turned out VERY GOOD and MOIST. I haven’t made banana bread since having to change my diet and I am SO GLAD it was your recipe that I tried first!
Very good easy banana bread recipe! However, if you live in a high altitude area it only needs to bake for 40-45 minutes!
I have saved this to my favorites and make it at least once a month. It’s delicious! Thanks!
I made this for the first time yesterday. Couldn’t believe how easy and tasty it was. I wish I could upload a picture. Thank you fo this!
I’ve made this banana Bread 3 times now and it came out delicious each time!! Truly the most easier banana bread recipe to follow and make. Thank you so much!!
Me and my daughter made your recipe and it did not rise help
Hi Beverly, there are two ingredients that contribute to the rise of the bread—baking soda and the egg. Neither will work well if they are old. To test how good your baking soda is, put a little in a bowl and sprinkle some vinegar on it. It should bubble up. Also make sure you don’t let the batter sit around too long before baking. Mix then bake, do not wait.
Love this recipe! I’ve made it 3 times in the last month and the family just eats it up :) I use 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup in place of sugar and also white whole wheat flour and it’s just wonderful.
I made this tonight. It turned out perfectly. I baked it closer to 70 minutes and it was just fine.
I have been delighting my family with this recipe for a year noe. Every time it just comes out perfexctly though I just need 35-40 mins at 350 deg F.
So I tried it with double the quantity of everything so I could make a larger loaf. But the center caved in. Any idea why? And how can I make a larger loaf?
Hi Amit, it’s hard to make a larger loaf with a recipe like this. The loaf pan provides structure for the banana bread, and supports the egg and baking soda leavening. If you make the pan bigger you don’t have as much support in the middle of the loaf and like a souffle, it may sink in the middle. Quick breads work differently than yeast-leavened breads.
I made it and everybody loves it,,, I chop some raisins and peanut and it taste faboulous,,, thank you for this awesome recipe, easy to bake!!! Love it
Excellent!!!! Best ever!!! Easy!
We’re always told baking soda only works if there is something acidic in the batter, but yours doesn’t seem to have anything acidic… How does it work, and wouldn’t baking powder be better?
Hi Andre, good question! Baking soda also creates leavening when heated. You can see more about in this article: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/the_difference_between_baking_soda_and_baking_powder/
I made 1 loaf and it tasted so great I made another. Added some chocolate chips, this recipe is so easy and YUMMY!
I have never really done any baking but my 1st attempt at baking banana bread turned out excellently. Thanks for the very simple, easy-to-follow recipe.
Made this as my first foray into baking. Turned out well!
I added a tsp of baking powder and made muffins with this, cooked perfectly in 14-16 minutes on 400. Awesome banana bread recipe!
First time ever making Banana Bread. Never been successful with any kind of cake making in the past. This recipe is easy. Only had self raising flour, didn’t have Baking soda so added a little bicarbonate soda to ensure the rise. Added dried raisins, cranberry’s, sultanas and some cinnamon. 50 mins at 350, let it cool, and it was fantastic !! Really surprised. Next time, I won’t bother with the vanilla essence, add come chai seeds and chopped nuts. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipie on which to build.
Added semi sweet chocolate chips and looks and smells delicious!!
Love this recipe. Turns out great every time. Add chocolate chips for an even greater treat.
I just made this Banana bread. I followed the recipe and did not add any embellishments. It came out great! The bread is moist and flavorful. I only used 2 bananas. A wonderful and simple recipe. Thanks!
Needed 2 thank you gifts for neighbors on each side of me and had 2 ripe bananas. This recipe will make 3 mini loaves, kept one for myself!
Worked a treat. I used a Bundt tin. Nothing like the smell of freshly baked banana bread wafting through the house on a cold winter’s night!
Thanks for the awesome recipe.
I add dried cranberries and walnuts to my banana bread. It tastes wonderful but the center keeps falling in. I bake it at 300 d for one hour. Why does this happen?
Hi Noah, that’s weird. I don’t know!
Wait a minute, 300 degrees? The recipe calls for 350°F. That might have something to do with it.
this has been my go to banana bread recipe as a base for a few years now. i usually tweak it with adding cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps some nuts, and sometimes even cocoa powder and chili powder. its amazing every time, no matter which of my versions i have created :)
Hi there. Just wondered if you could put in raspberries or blueberries instead this recipe? Either with the bananas or instead of them? I love the original recipe but fancy a change. Many thanks
Hi Tara, I think you could easily add raspberries or blueberries to the batter. Just don’t remove the bananas. They’re important for the texture and moisture level.
I just made this using brown sugar and I added a second egg and chopped walnuts. Oh my goodness it is FANTASTIC! Hubby loves it too! This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Love this recipe! I always add walnuts and cinnamon. I made muffins this time. The recipe yielded 16 muffins and they took approximately 26 minutes to bake at 350 degrees.
I didn’t have a bread pan, so I made muffins. I baked them for 40 minutes. I added cinnamon to the recipe and it was wonderful! I used 3 bananas and 3/4 cup of sugar. I’m used to combining dry ingredients together before adding them to wet ingredients. I wonder if there was a special reason to start with wet ingredients?
Hi Colleen, no reason. You can combine the dry ingredients if you want and add them to the wet ingredients. But the recipe also works just as described, which is easy because you only need one bowl.
Thanks for your note Elise. I was just thinking that if the dry ingredients were mixed while they were stil dry, there would be a more uniform distribution of flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. I did make it as written and they were fabulous! My kids ate them the same day.
I usually hate banana bread but this recipe was great! There is a slight rise to this batter, but not much so fill it to about where you want it to go. I baked this batter in a dark, non stick cupcake pan with liners at 350 for 33 minutes at high altitude.
I made these this morning. This recipe made 12 muffins. I cooked them for about 27 min. They came out great! I feel like a superstar
Made this today but substituted brown sugar for the white for more of a molasses taste. It turned out great and ny kids love it
First time ever baking banana bread, so I don’t have previous experiences to compare. However, this was a delicious treat that I will certainly make again. The only change I made to the recipe was to use 4 bananas since I needed to get rid of them. Thank you for this delicious recipe. Pinned for future use!
Could this cake be made with oil instead plz
Turned out amazing, will continue to use this recipe in my home!! :)
Can you replace the all purpose flour with quick rising? If so do you cut out the baking soda?
I suppose you could use quick rising flour. In that case I would only use a teaspoon of baking soda, or cut it out entirely. If you make it with quick rising flour, please let us know how it turns out!
This is the best banana bread recipe I have ever baked. It became a classic in my kitchen: Simple, healthy and delicious. I put 1/3 of a cup sugar which is enough for me with 2 bananas only, was not as good when I put 3 bananas.
Great recipe! Love that you can do all in one bowl. My mom always says to double the amount of bananas in most banana bread recipes. I did and it still turned out great and even healthier.
I was wondering if anyone has ever made this without vanilla before? :-)
I often do this both with and without vanilla, not one person has ever noticed. And I bake these weekly as it is a family and neighbour favourite.
I tried making this and it turned out good. Thank you.
I just have a question though. If I decided to double the serving, should I also double the salt and baking soda, or just leave it as one teaspoon?
Hi Anne, if you double the recipe, you should double all of the ingredients.
I have been baking banana bread for years but recently I have had a problem with the center sinking after it is out of oven. I have checked all condiments.. baking soda etc were all good. I also use baking powder in my recipe. What could cause this… the recipe you post does not use baking powder.
Have you tried baking at a lower temp for longer time? Make sure you don’t open the oven door repeatedly.
Using baking powder when it’s not called for can cause the sinking. It’s the same with adding too much baking powder. Only use what is called for.
Love this simple delicious recipe! Thanks!
Can I use self raising flour without the baking soda?
Hi Doreen, I haven’t tried making the banana bread with self rising flour and no baking soda, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
This recipe was easy but the batter wasn’t liquidity and it baked in about 30-40 minutes instead of the 50-60 minutes. This was really super easy
Thank you so much for this recipe
I am 51 years old and a pretty good cook, but banana bread has been my nemesis. I have never made a loaf that wasn’t overlooked or “wet” in the middle… until now!!!
Thanks for this super easy, super delicious recipe. I added nuts and put in a little extra banana (I only made it in the first place because I had some bananas about to go bad.). So delicious!
My pan size is 8cmx17cmx6cm. How can I adjust the ingredients?
I made the bread this morning, it was going to be dessert for our family dinner. However I couldn’t wait and decided to try it and I love it. Now let’s hope there is some left for dessert after dinner. Thanks for sharing!
This is my go to banana bread recipe so easy and I’ve been told its the best bread ever
Hi! Have nevrr left a comment before but really needed to on this one. Have made soooo many banana bread recipes…… This one was by far one of the best EVER. So simplistic but delicious!!! I did add 4 T of sour cream and exchanged banana emulsion for the vanilla snd added chopped pecans. I doubled the batch and it made 6 small loaves ( disposable tins) it came out perfect!!! I have found the recipe i have searched for ……. Thank you. Its a WINNER!
Loved this recipe. we added 1/2cup chocalted chip. We used gluten free flour ..it. Was awesome.
This recipe is great!!! And so simple! I added some quick oats, chocolate chips, and sprinkled cinnamon on top. Delicious! I might add chia seeds next time.
I made muffins out of this recipe. The cook time was around 28 minutes. Glad I checked them and didn’t let them cook the entire 50! They’re delicious!
Hi Devonet, muffins always take substantially less time. Here’s our muffin version of the banana bread: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_nut_muffins/
I made this last night and it was delicious! I added a quarter cup of ground flaxseed’s to hopefully at some kind of health benefit LOL. I was looking up healthy low-calorie banana bread recipes just this morning and I came back to this one because this one has less butter and sugar then the ones that are supposedly healthier!
Anyone try using sour cream in the recipe as well? If yes, how much and did it require a change to any other ingredients? Thanks!
I used about a tablespoon and didn’t change any of the ingredients! Been doing it the same way for years!
This banana bread recipe is my 10 year old son’s specialty. It’s so wonderfully simple that he can make the whole thing with no supervision (well, other than taking it out of the oven). Win-win for both of us!
Hi I’m trying to sub a gluten free flour blend, anyone happen to know the weight of the 1 1/2 cups flour? Thanks!!
I saw this from Lisa’s comment below:
“We are gluten free and I use trader joes gf flour blend and add 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum or guar gum to help it rise.”
Hope that helps! :)
I tried this recipe and it’s great. I substituted all purpose flour for oatmeal flour (blended oats ). It’s easy
I LOVE this recipe. I cut the sugar entirely and use 1/4 cup of honey. I also add cut strawberries, chopped walnuts, and some chia seeds that I soak into gel form. I’ve done it as bread and as muffins and both are a HUGE hit!! Thanks so much :)
I loved ths recipe and so did my family! I’ve searched for a good banana loaf recipe and THIS IS IT! I cut the sugar back to 1/3 cup and it came out a bit dry, but very tasty. I’ll try a bit of milk or 2 eggs and some cranberries next time, but this on is a keeper!
This is the first time that I’ve ever made banana bread. The recipe is great and I love that it is so moist. I added a little bit of home made molasses my dad makes during the fall. It turned out awesome. Thanks for posting the recipe.
I’m trying to make this right now and unfortunately i don’t have baking soda!! can anyone offer a substitute and save me from having to make a special trip!! Thanks in advance!!
I googled it when I had this issue. Said to use baking powder instead but double the amount called for and nix the salt called for. Hope this helped for future baking.
I’ve made banana bread recipes before, and they come out OK, but VERY DRY, to my liking. My husband and son had no complaints, but I did. This recipe is PERFECT for myself and my family. I’ve passed it on to my friends and their families love it TOO!! THANKS, I’M DEFINITELY A FAN!!
Ive made a thousand different banana bread recipes, this is the easiest, recipe ive ever made, I added cranberries and pecans, it was simply delicious . Janice
Great recipe, but the 10 minute prep time is not realistic.
Just made this and added roasted chopped pecans. So simple and truly delicious. My husband commented how perfect this was. I used four over ripe bananas and made as is besides adding pecans. Highly recommend.
This was my first attempt at making banana bread…huge HIT in my house! I added some milk chocolate chips because we are chocolate lovers and it was amazing! Thank-you for the recipe…simple and satisfying :)
Quick question- why is it baking soda in the recipe instead of baking powder? Without an acid of some sort I thought it is always baking powder? Thanks!
Hi Emily, baking soda creates leaving when mixed with an acid, and it also creates leavening when heated. Just try pouring boiling water over some baking soda some time and you’ll see. (In fact, it’s a great way to unclog a drain. Dump a cup of baking soda over the drain opening and pour boiling water over it.) I like the use of baking soda in this recipe because it’s a lot harder for baking soda to go flat than baking powder. Baking powder loses its leavening power over time. Every try baking something with old baking powder? No rise, so disappointing.
I think next time I’ll double the eggs. 2 instead of 1. Made muffins and they were very dense. Or I’ll add an extra banana.
Should the butter be salted or unsalted? Thank you!
Hi Celia, I usually use unsalted butter when I bake, but you could use salted butter if you want.
Just finished baking. House smells wonderful. I used 3 bananas and two eggs. The darn thing came out like a picture in Southern Living. Tastes like my mom made it. This is my go to cake. I tried to figure out the calorie count using the above adjustments, and came up with about 1980 cal per loaf. If you do 12 slices, that’s about 165 cal per slice. Not bad for a mid morn snack with a cuppa coffee. Thank you so much!
Best banana recipe EVER … and I’ve been making banana bread for 44 years. Tastes great made with 1/3 cup of sugar (bananas are so sweet) and of course, nuts. Thank you for my new go-to!
So I had 5 bananas about to go bad and I said to myself no way am I throwing these out. I searched for simple banana bread recipes that didn’t require mixers and viola I saw this awesome recipe. This is the first time I’m baking something off the internet and it turned out so good even after doubling the quantities. And I baked it in a cake tin because I don’t have a loaf tin. It came out so good that just about a quarter of it is left and I only baked it last night! Thanks alot for this.
Mine came out really soft in the middle but I used a mixer and baking powder. I think it is the best I have eaten but my son says so-so.
I have been making this banana bread as written for years. I love that I can have it in the oven in 10 minutes and it is always delicious.
My elderly mother has recently moved in with me and she loves to have it in the morning with her coffee, so to make it a little more nutritionally dense I have made the following subs and it is still awesome. I use King Arthur’s whole white wheat flour, coconut oil instead of butter, 1/2 cup of palm sugar and add in some chopped nuts and raisins.
Thanks Mrs. Hockmeyer! And thanks for sharing Elise!
Not sure what I did wrong but it came out very thick, not fluffy. Very heavy if that makes sense. It tastes sweet but something is off. I followed the recipe to the T. I also found that I had to cook it for 70 mins because every time I stuck the knife inside it was still wet like a brownie is (not dry like a cake). I’d appreciate it if anyone can give me some advice as to how to fix this. Thank you.
If you used baking powder and not baking soda you miss the rise and get a more dense/wet loaf. It’s a common baking mistake. Typically you can sub, but baking powder loses its leavening power as it ages. Otherwise I’m as stumped as you! I’ve made this particular recipe countless times and always have consistent tasty results. Hope I helped a little.
Your banana bread has been my “go-to” for years! It’s SO easy and I love how it doesn’t require a mixer! xo
Best banana recipe. So much flavor, easy instructions and only used 1/2 cup of sugar. This is a keeper. Thank you
I’m never quite sure on this – should breads and cakes be refrigerated once baked and cooled? The texture changes so much when you put it in the fridge, but I don’t want it to go bad. Where do you store your banana bread, Elise?
Hi Toni, I just wrap the bread in foil and let it sit on the kitchen counter. It will last for days that way. If I need to store it longer, then I wrap it first in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, and freeze it.
This was a great recipe! I always try new ones but I think I’m going to stick with this one for a while. How many servings should it make though?
About 10-12 slices, depending on how thinly you slice the banana bread.
My family finally fessed up that they aren’t eating bananas because I make this bread. It is. Favorite here!
I’ve made this many times and the loaf is baking in my Breville toaster oven as I type this! I’ve added 11/2 cup each of chopped pecans & chocolate chips< It smells wonderful & I can hardly wait! It's great with my morning coffee!
I dbl the recipe. Added almonds. Made three loaves. Very moist. Sprinkled powered sugar and served at a party. Gone in minutes.
I love this banana bread recipe, and have been using it for years. Thank your sharing it with us. It’s amazing how far this recipe how come. Goes to show you how good it is :)
This is a really great recipe… one can’t really get it wrong… moist and flavorful each time! I used only a small amount of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and reduce the sugar as suggested. I’ve used as many as 4 bananas (very ripe bananas left) and it still came out great! Thanks!
This is my go to banana bread recipe. I have never had a complaint. I use the lesser amount of sugar and comes out perfect every time.
We LOVE this recipe! Delicious and super easy.
It’s amazing on its own but sometimes I add in 3/4 cup chocolate chips and its gone in an hour . We are gluten free and I use trader joes gf flour blend and add 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum or guar gum to help it rise.
I am gluten free as well. Hard to believe I was so distracted that I forgot to add in the xanthan gum. Can’t wait til it gets done, to see how it turns out.
FAB-U-LOUS!! Tried recipe as a loaf & muffins! Perfect! My daughter took the muffins to share with her college friends, she came back with an empty container! Will be making more to share with my co-workers! Yummy!
What if i only have self-raising flour?
Do i just leave out the baking soda?
Yes, that should work.
Love this receipe
I’ve made this twice – adding walnuts – and every time it turned out amazing
Simply delicious !!
My husband really likes this recipe. I did tell him about. Chocolate banana bread. His comment: “stay with the regular recipe!”
Doubled recipe, made in bundt pan, added pecans, and swapped the butter for melted coconut oil (cup for cup) and butter flavoring and WOW this was delicious!! (For my bundt pan it only took about 40-45minutes to cook!) I could smell it across the house and it tasted as amazing as it smelled! Deffinately keeping this!
I’m so glad you liked it Angela! Glad it worked for you with coconut oil and in a bundt pan.
This is my go to for banana bread. I make a crumbly top with 2T butter, 1/4 c. flour and 1/4 c. brown sugar.
Hi can you please tell me how much time and temperature it need to bake in a microwave?
Hello Ooji, this isn’t a microwave recipe. I don’t know how one would make this in a microwave.
I tried this recipe a few days ago and it was great. We tried it a second time adding nuts. It was delicious. Tasted just like the bread my mom made when i was little.
This is a great recipe! I only add a pinch of cinnamon and a cup of chopped walnuts. Turns out delicious every single time! Thanks so much for sharing Elise!
Didn’t think much of this recipe. I won’t use it again.
No, no need for yeast.
LOVE this recipe! Easy and delish. I added a little cinnamon. Yum!
We’re trying this out for our food project. Can we ask if adding desiccated coconuts improves the nutrition value and taste?
Great question, I have no idea.
Hi! I followed the recipe, but added 2 tsp of homemade vanilla, fresh baking soda, but put the batter into silicone molds for small muffins. Baked at 350F for about 17 minutes. The texture of the batter looked awesome, but it didn’t rise very well, not much of a crown on the top of the muffin. It tasted moist and cooked through. The aesthetics were just off. Any suggestions?
I’ve lots of ripe bananas at the moment and searching for a great banana bread recipe. You know what? All the comments here makes me wanna give it a go! But just a quickie. Can I swap the all purpose flour for something else? Cos I’m gluten intolerant.
Hi Jo, I haven’t tried making this with gluten-free flour, but if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you.
I’ve been making this bread for almost a year now, and because I’m gluten intolerant as well, I use the Betty Crocker All Purpose Gluten Free rice flour blend. It’s a straightforward, no hassle flour blend, and the bread comes out moist every time! The only noticeable difference is that it doesn’t brown quite the same way that wheat flour does.
My go to banana bread recipe for four years now. Its the closest in taste to my grandma’s and mom’s recipe that became lost in the moving shuffle that is life. Simple ingredients make this bread perfect. My family can’t wait to eat it the moment it’s out of the oven. Thank you for sharing with us so I can make good memories with my children.
Great recipe. So easy and tasty. Good recipe for children wanting to learn to bake.
Thanks MaryAnn, I’m so glad you liked it!
Made my first Banana Bread added raisin n walnuts, my husband absolutely loves it….Great recipe Thank you..
It came out really good. I added milk because it seemed too
dry and I added an extra egg too. It could have been because I put too much flour. Oh and I used stevia instead of sugar.
I’m from the Caribbean where bananas are always in season and was looking for a good bread recipe. I made this recipe today and it came out perfect! My only addition was some chopped walnuts I added just before i put the mixture into the pan. Will definitely make this again. Thank you Elise
I’m currently living in Costa Rica on an organic farm with an abundance of ripe bananas. I didn’t have vanilla and I added some cinnamon, and then baked it in a square cake pan. I also made a lime/sour mandarin sugar glaze to drizzle over and it is the best banana cake EVER! Thanks for the recipe!
LIke another reader says, 1 tsp baking soda does not make it rise. I wonder if it’s because of the method: I’ve never heard of putting the baking soda into the liquid, which activates it immediately, THEN mixing in other ingredients, in two more steps. I wish you would re-evaluluate this recipe. I’ve done it your way TWICE, and it’s not working. I’ve been baking for 50. yrs.
I can’t use this recipe. I can’t waste the ingredients, and since I’m baking for a charity bake sale, I have to have a recipe (and site and baker) I can trust.
I doubled the recipe and replaced one cup flour with rolled oats. I also added the soda right before adding the second cup of flour. If you add it before the flour the reaction will be lost. The flour holds the bubbles, egg and banana don’t.
I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work for you because I and everyone I bake for really enjoy it. I live a mile above sea level and had no trouble with the rise. You could try stirring your baking soda into the flour and see if that helps or maybe try adding or substituting double-acting baking powder. Or try a recipe that people in your region have had success with.
Mine is resting just now and I commented to my husband that it’s one of the most gorgeously perfect (and risen) banana loaves I’ve ever made myself. First time trying it, so I see no change necessary to how the recipe is written :)
I put in a little less than a tsp of baking soda, and my bread rose ridiculously high. I replaced the all purpose flour with whole wheat and the sugar with powdered jaggery. This would ideally make the cake even denser, but it worked perfectly. Maybe the baking soda was off?
I up the vanilla and add dark chocolate chips. Put the chips in the flour so they don’t sink.
Yum! This really is the best banana bread ever. I’ve made it many times to your exact specifications and it is absolutely delicious! I’ve also made it subbing coconut oil for the butter and that’s good, but tastes a little coconutty instead of buttery. I think the proportions of melted fat, egg, fruit, and flour are the key to this loaf working out great every time. Last night I made it using half banana and half very ripe kiwis (because my silly husband actually eats bananas when I’m trying to make them get overripe). I subbed in some Midori Liqueur for vanilla, but I’m not sure I notice that flavor. This is my second loaf with kiwis and they were both great – the seeds look like poppy seeds and add a nice little crunch, you get the banana and kiwi flavor, but the bread is a little bit stickier than usual. So far using this recipe as a base for minor variations has always produced a dense, moist, delicious loaf, so Elise, thank you very much for this great recipe!
Mine came out a bit burnt on the sides and slightly crumbly but it taste great!! My first time making a banana bread so I’ll say it was an achievement haha
1 TSP of baking soda doesn’t really help it rise. Use 1 Tablespoon instead.
Hello Steven, using a whole tablespoon of baking soda in this recipe may result in something that has a metallic taste. I don’t advise it. To get the best rise, make sure your baking soda is fresh (add vinegar to some and see if it vigorously bubbles), and work with an egg that is and at room temp.
I love this bread. I accidentally upped the melted butter to a whole stick, but boy it makes it so yummy. I added a teaspoon of baking powder for some rise. I also sugar the pan after greasing it. Such a great and simple recipe! Thank you!
Banana bread is my kryptonite, but this is the best banana bread recipe, Elise! I subbed 1/3 c. canola for the butter and added some coconut. Made it yesterday afternoon and it’s almost gone :)
FINALLY I have found the perfect banana bread recipe! Nothing I ever make from this site turns out wrong!
I doubled the recipe, and used my slightly bigger loaf pans (10″) I then halved the butter with yogurt, and did half brown sugar half white. Turned out fluffy, flavorful, and perfect.
I have an aversion to bananas, however, my family loves them. I just made this banana bread and added 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips….HOLY COW!!!! This is a keeper and I am a banana convert! I have been cooking with your recipes for several years and never commented. That is how good this was. Love you and your site. Keep up the good work!
When saying 1/3 cup of melted butter, do you mean that or 1/3 cup of butter, melted? In other words, do you melt butter first then measure out 1/3 cup of it, or do you measure 1/3 cup of solid butter first then melt it?
Either way actually. It will make practically no difference in the result.
Generally this is how it works in recipes:
1 cup butter, melted – means melt a whole cup of butter
1 cup melted butter – means measure a cup of butter that has been melted
True, though, that when it comes to butter, it doesn’t make a ton of difference, definitely not for this recipe.
Right now, I’m prepping for yet another banana bread. I’ve discovered your site and this recipe about 3 years ago and I’ve used it ever since. My family loves it for breakfast and snack. That’s why I bake it often. I add chocolate chips so I reduce the amount of sugar each time. Lately, I’ve been adding pecan nuts to it and I’ve also tried baking it in muffin cups. Love, love, love! Just want you to know! Thanks!
Really good recipe
Okay, so I NEVER leave comments – this is my first – but this bread deserves it. My family absolutely loves banana bread and I make it quite often. I use a different recipe every time searching for the perfect banana bread… that is until now – I made this recipe with a couple of substitutions based on what I had. I used whole white wheat flour, coconut oil, and half sugar half brown sugar (for one cup total). I also added a tsp of cinnamon because I love it in my banana bread. It turned out moist and delicious, and with plenty of banana flavor. So, no more searching, i found it. Perfect banana bread. Thanks!
Hi! If I want to double the recipe would I need to alter the cooking time? I will be using two 4×8 inch loaf pans.
Hi Kate, great question. I’ve only made one loaf at a time. I’m guessing that maybe it might increase the baking time by 5 or so if you have two loaves in the oven? If someone else reading this has doubled the recipe, please chime in.
I doubled the recipe and they cooked perfectly in 1 hour.
Good to know, thanks!
This is a great recipe!! Easy and delicious results!! Brown sugar can be used! The batter also makes about 18-24 mini-muffins — bake for about 20 minutes. Nuts and raisins can also be added but my grandchildren prefer just bananas!!
This is the best banana bread I have ever made or had!
Has anyone tried browned butter in this recipe?
I’m sure it would be amazing!
I just made a loaf using browned butter! Waiting for it to come out of the oven now. I’ll let you know how it tastes! So far it smells amazing while baking…
My wife adds a small amount of apple sauce to the mixture and it makes an incredible difference.
If I’m going to substitute brown sugar for the white, do I use the same amount? Thanks.
Hi Lisa, since the amount of sugar can vary from 1/2 cup to a cup, I think that anywhere in between would be fine for the brown sugar as well.
Many of those who have poor baking results are using ovens that are not properly calibrated. I could not get along without an oven thermometer that tells me if the temp is actually what the oven’s dial says it is. I have to do a lot of my own dial tinkering when the oven thermometer and the dial don’t match.
Baking is very much about chemistry. The ingredients, the application of heat. I don’t play with baking recipes too much as it is easy to throw the chemistry off and waste a lot of ingredients and my time and effort. Large bananas vs. smaller bananas make for a difference in the volume of that ingredient. And that is just one ingredient. Leavening, the flower, the size of eggs, and so forth, all make a difference.
On doneness, the best advice I ever read was to watch the bread, not the clock. If the edges are getting too brown before the center is done, tent it with foil.
Hi, What size “Cup” are you using..200 ml or 250ml, as all the measurements are in cup? Is it different for butter/ or sugar?
Hi MK, one cup equals 236ml.
Made this bread today with whole wheat flour and chopped walnuts. It turned out really well. My family loved it. Thanks!
I had a bottle of coconut rum on the counter beside where I was mixing this up and I made a split second decision to pour a shot in (right before the flour). This made the best banana bread I have ever had in my life.
Thanks to this recipe, I am officially a baking goddess! Everyone loves this banana bread! I use vegetable oil, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, I add cinnamon (sometimes ginger and nutmeg) and it always comes out amazing! I eat it two ways: heated up with vanilla ice cream, or with apple butter slathered all over. Good times. I always have bananas around waiting to make a new batch!
Hi Pascalle, great to know that the recipe is so flexible that you can subtitute 3 of the 4 main ingredients and it still works!
Please help! I’ve made this banana bread twice now, once in a regular size loaf pan and once in mini loaf pans. Both times I practically had to let the edges burn in order for the middle of the loaf to cook all the way. I followed the recipe exactly. What am I doing wrong??
Hi Emily, perhaps your oven is running hot, or maybe runs on convection. I would lower the oven temp by 25°F.
Make sure you’re using old ripe bananas and just like cake I would not be in the kitchen while its baking I also added cinnamon you can add milk if you feel it may help. And check your oven temp.
if the loaf itself reached the desired colour, just put some tinfoil on top. Do not wrap the tinfoil around the loaf, just place it on top. The tinfoil will shelter the loafs crust from the heat, enough to keep it from getting any browner and/or burn.
Would it be okay to use a 9×5 pan instead of a 4×8?
Hi Jennifer, yes, you can use a 9×5. You may need to cut the cooking time just a few minutes. Check for doneness at 45.
I make this nearly every week. I use 1/2 cup sugar and add about 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. I also use white whole wheat flour and we like it so much better.
My second time now….the family and friends loved it after my first. Highly recommended. Delicious. Lovely texture.
Oh my gosh, this recipe is top notch. Soooo delish!
I modified a little by adding chocolate chips and baking them in smaller loaf pans (size of loaf pans: 3.5″ X 2.5″ X 1.25″, made eight loafs). They only needed to be cooked for about 23 minutes at that size.
Lovely and easy recipe!! Will make a million times over again.
I’m always making this banana bread! Mostly because I don’t seem to eat bananas fast enough, and suddenly they’re only good for banana bread. I’m buying bananas this weekend, so I’m pretty sure I’m making this bread again!
HA! I literally just made this bread this morning! My latest variation is to put 1 cup of pretty finely chopped unsweetened chocolate in it, and using 3/4 cup sugar. Makes it a grown-up version.
I have used this recipe for years and add dried chopped apricots or cranberries for a change. It is the best and easiest recipe. I highly recommend it.
This has been my go to recipe for years. I’ll try a different recipe, and come back to here. Thank you again for sharing. :-)
Seeing this recipe again really brought me back! I made this probably once a week for six months while writing my thesis in grad school. I had to give banana bread a break for a while because I ate it so much, but it got me through that thesis!
I absolutely LOVE banana bread and my son loves bananas but is allergic to eggs. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to substitute the egg with? I’ve tried replacing egg in other cake recipes with applesauce and have found it really doesn’t make too much of a difference in keeping them moist, light or fluffy.
Hi Yessy, I know that some people use ground flax seeds as a substitute for eggs, you may want to Google that. Flax seeds do not offer any leavening though, so you would need to add some amount of baking powder to offset.
I have used a table spoon of chia seeds successfully for pancakes…. might work here too! 1Tbsp Chia Seeds and 2-3 Tbsp of hot water…. stir up , let sit for a few minutes and ready to go…. for one egg. Don’t know about the leavenig, just add a little Baking Soda or Baking Powder?
You can find a yellow box (I can’t remember the brand) of Egg Replacer in the health food aisle of many supermarkets or at health food stores. You just mix some with water. If you can’t find it, I have found that mixing a little baking powder and vinegar together works. I have also found that, in baked goods, you can really only replace one egg. If a recipe calls for more than one egg, omitting the eggs causes the recipe to fail.
Will somebody please tell me what I am doing wrong? Followed recipe to the “T” but the taste just is not that great. I put raisens in, baked 50 min. as someone suggested.
It could be how ripe your bananas were. My banana bread tastes different almost every time I make it, and the only difference is the size or ripeness of the banana. I made it on Sunday and it was the best I ever made. Today I am making it, and the batter does not taste as good, so it probably will not be as good as Sunday’s. Sunday’s bananas were really ripe. Good luck!
Bananas are basically starch that turns to more sugar as the banana ripens. The blacker the banana (they get almost syrupy, liquify) the better. Once they are too ripe for eating (we like ours more toward green than ripe) I let them sit and get black. I then squeeze the pulp out into a ziplock freezer bag, which I flatten somewhat so that it can be stacked in the freezer.
If a banana still looks as though it could be eaten, it is not ripe enough for banana bread!
I love he flatten into a freezer bag tip, thanks Bebe!
Hard to describe clearly without a picture, but soft material like mashed banana (or crushed tomatoes or whatever) can be flattened successfully in a freezer bag (qt.) by placing the bag (not too full) on a flat surface, folding back the top part of the bag (where the zipper is), and gently pressing on the bagged material until it spreads out. The folding back of the zipper area keeps the material from oozing up toward the bag opening.
These flat bags thaw very quickly.
My kids taught me this!
Add a little more vanilla!
Nancy, I put one tsp cin. and .25 tsp nutmeg i use high quality fresh spices as it really makes a difference.I also put 2 tsp vanilla and about 4 tbs maple syrup.
This was a very good recipe! It came out perfect :3 I modified it a little bit so this ended up being my recipe:
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda ( I used a little bit less)
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of a whole-wheat flour
The whole-wheat flour defiantly changed the taste! Once the banana bread came out of the oven it was gone in 10 minutes! Moist and perfect! I had two old bananas sitting on the counter so I thought I should do something with them and found this recipe ~Thank you so much!!
Kevin. I tried your recipe. Mannn its da bomb! First time I’m trying banana bread and am happy with the finished product. Love the idea of using only whole wheat flour. Very tasty… very moist. It was done in less than a day. Making another one tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. Great recipe!
I was sitting and relaxing on Sunday afternoon and I was just browsing through recipe sites and saw the banana bread recipe. I had all the ingredients in my home and I litterly jumped up and made this bread and yum yum yum!
I love banana bread, and this recipe was perfect. My only modifications were I used a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and I added walnuts. I ate the whole loaf myself. It keeps up good in the freezer if you slice it first. I will definitely double recipe next time! Thanks
Just tried it! Soft, moist..just perfect.
Book mark this bad boy! So easy, so tasty, so terrifically mouth watering you’re gonna make this every time your bananas ripen before you have a chance to eat them all.
I use a potatoe masher for the bananas, and when it comes time for the egg, I crack it just on the side if the mixture & gently whip it with a fork. One less bowl to clean is most definitely a plus, wouldn’t ya say?
So either print this little honey out, book mark it, or simply write it on a card, the old fashioned way, just make sure you don’t lose it!
At one point I thought I had it memorized cause it’s so easy but with the years accumulating on this old gal, I have to check from time to time….
still learning after all these years,
P.S. I love this site and the comments are a true help It’s the first one I go to when I’m thinking about something new to make :)
So… I had just 2 ripe bananas left and decided to try this recipe today. And I ran out of flour at 1 1/4 cup , so I threw in 1/4 cup cornmeal flour. Added some allspice , walnuts and raisins , only went with 1/2 cup sugar and hoped for the best. It came out AMAZING!! So moist and delicious ! Slid right out the load pan with no effort and sliced beautifully! Will try again! My husband loved it ! Did I mention my husband loved it and he’s a bit picky with things like this ! Thank you so much !!
Elsie, I love your website and your recipes. I’ve made many of them over the years.
I have made this banana bread many, many times. It’s foolproof and delicious. Sometimes I add chopped nuts but otherwise I follow the recipe as described.
I just made this for the second time. First time I baked it too long! I watched it carefully this time and 50 minutes was perfect. I used a bread pan and I liked it better than the small cake pan I used last time. It’s fast and easy. Perfect for when I can’t get to all my bananas in time. Enjoy!!
I made this recipe for the first time a couple of years back in college, it was perfect since you don’t need fancy equipment. The result is wonderful every time! You can taste the bananas, its moist and hearty. I added some chopped walnuts for texture. I made it for my mother-in-law the first time I met her and I certainly won her over. Thank you!
I just made this recipe. Very simple and easy to do; however it is very flat. I substituted baking powder for the baking soda because I was all out. Is it supposed to rise very much? Haven’t tasted it yet but it smells good.
When you sub baking powder for baking soda you have to add 2 1/2 times as much baking powder. See http://www.simplyrecipes.com/the_difference_between_baking_soda_and_baking_powder/
I have made this SO many times with perfect results every single time. I throw in whatever add ins I can find; walnuts, chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries or whatever. Everybody just RAVES. This is now a “family secret” which my 10 year old daughter makes for family potlucks.
If you wrap the banana bread in plastic wrap as soon as it comes out of the oven and let it rest for about an hour your bread with slice smooth every time.
Great recipe I always use this one when I make it my family loves its thanks you for the great bread ;)
This is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made. Sometimes I add a good splash of milk to make it more moist (but when I don’t add milk it has still been delicious). I always add a half cup to a cup of chocolate chips. I do the 1/2 cup of sugar variation because of the chocolate chips. This recipe will not disappoint you!
I’ve used this recipe a few times. I have added 1/2 cup of walnuts, a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, a heaping tablespoon of cinnamon and a 1/4 cup of baking cocoa in different combinations and it came out absolutely delicious.
My first time making banana bread for my family and was not disappointed at all. Will make again with this great recipe. Thanks everyone for the tips they gave.
So easy and delicious. Made it in Guatemala where things are a bit tricky to bake…it was excellent.
The best ever. I made double the recipe and not one piece is left.. This will be my forever go to recipe for Banana Bread. Wonder how I could use this recipe to make different favors like orange cranberry or apple cinnamon or peach. Any ideas?
I made this recipe as directed and added about 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. It was done in 45 minutes. DELICIOUS!
I have made this recipe quite a few times. I has become my go-to recipe for banana bread! It is great and when I’ve taken it to work, many comment on its great taste. I will sometimes add chocolate chips at my husband and daughter’s request. :)
I have made this exact recipe with no changes so many times I’ve lost count, and it comes out absolutely perfect every time. I bring it to every work party and have to bring more and more each time just to make sure everyone gets some; I made 12 loaves last time and had none left over! Thanks so much for posting this!
Might be the best banana bread I have ever made! The only change is that I added 2 tsp. of maple syrup instead of vanilla (because I didn’t realize I was out of vanilla before I started making the recipe). I also added cinnamon sugar to the top to give a crispy coating. DELICIOUS! My kids also though it was the best.
I made this one today. I tweaked the recipe for health purposes, since I like to eat a slice for breakfast with tea. I used five small very ripe organic bananas, 1/2 a cup of maple syrup instead of the sugar, replaced the butter for coconut oil, 1 cup whole wheat flour and just 1/2 cup white, doubled the vanilla, added cinnamon and nutmeg. DELICIOUS, healthy, moist and a total crowd pleaser. You would never guess it was good for you too!
Made this bread this morning and while it has great aroma, unfortunately it fell apart as soon as it was removed from the pan. I’m sure it will taste good but only in pieces, not slices.
That’s odd. I have made this recipe (with no variations) many times and it hasn’t have fallen apart. However, I often bake it in a smaller casserole dish or larger one for a double batch. The banana bars always come out awesome.
I have used this recipe for quite a few years, at sea level. I recently have moved to Colorado, what do you recommend adjusting to help with the altitude? Thanks!
Hi Jessica, I don’t know much about baking at altitude, but perhaps someone else can chime in?
Made 2 loaves today and they came out so well! This is a keeper for sure. I have never made banana bread that is so moist and delicious. The only thing I did different was that I added cinnamon and I cocoa powder and walnuts to one of the loaves. So good! Thanks!
Loved this! I’ve tried a lot of banana bread recipes, and while they were all (or at least mostly) good, I think this is favorite. Simple and easy, very rich and flavorful (I did use the full amount of sugar, but could see how it could easily be cut down), And it kept its shape perfectly; I can’t count how many breads I’ve made that *tasted* delicious, but sort of had to be eaten with a fork. I’m not, granted, an excellent baker, but bookmarked this.
Do u have to used water to mix it all together
I’ve been using this recipe to make banana muffins and they’re a family favorite now! Thanks!
Okay, I’ve made this banana bread now several times, experimenting each time. I have found it a bit flat, too dense and every time dry, but I am sure that’s my lousy oven! Anyway, today’s bread is divine … eyes roll back in your head divine! Here’s what I did:
I went with 5 very ripe bananas (although they were small, could be 4 large). I added 3/4 cup of yogurt and went with a full 1/2 cup butter (that portion is inclusive of what I used to generously butter the stoneware pan). I upped the baking soda to just under 1 tablespoon and also a bit more vanilla, about 1.5 teaspoons. I added about 1.5 teaspoons finely grated fresh orange peel. I went with 1/2 cup sugar and just under 1/2 cup molasses. I also added walnuts and currents (about 1/4 each). I sprinkled the top with course sugar.
The outcome was a much fuller, better risen bread (by 50% at least). It’s quite moist, which the yogurt and extra butter seems to have helped. The orange adds a wonderful accent. The molasses adds great flavor depth, but does darken the bread, which I don’t mind (very brown). The sprinkled sugar on top caramelized nicely for a crisp finish. I’m taking this to a special New Year’s Day annual luncheon to show it off! Wonderfully flexible recipe! I LOVE IT! :-)
My favorite recipe, I just used a new oven, electric medium size, a little nerves because I am not an experienced guy, but every time it comes delicious, this time I added some dried fruits on top and the colored baked looks delicious. I am looking forward to see my wife´s and daughters face when taste it… :))
Elise I’ve been making your recipe since 2008 and everyone loves it. Best Banana Bread I’ve ever made. I keep getting orders for it. Thank You
This is my go to banana bread recipe. The most recent compliments included that it was the best banana bread they’d ever had. I do follow the suggestions on cutting the sugar, I use 3/4 cup, I use olive oil instead of melted butter. I use my stick blender to not just mash the bananas but to liquify them. I always use 3 bananas, one time I only had 2 bananas and the bread was dry. I also use roughly one cup of crushed walnuts.
would it be weird to add frozen blackberries or raspberries? if ok, how much?
Hi Sherri, I haven’t tried adding frozen berries to this banana bread, but if I were to try it, I would add no more than a cup.
This banana bread is delicious! It is so simple and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe!
When I had an abundance of bananas that were going bad, I used this recipe to make banana muffins and everyone loved them! I’ve made these a few times now, they’re still a household favorite. It’s a very easy and understandable recipe and it’s the only banana bread I’ll make now.
I made this last week, it was by far the best banana bread I’ve ever eaten and my friend agreed when I gave her some. Thank you for this recipe.
I have a lot of mashed pumpkin to use up and using 2 cups (about a can’s worth if you don’t have a pumpkin) of mashed pumpkin in place of the banana resulted in pumpkin bread. It needed more sugar than I normally use (1 cup instead of 3/4) and, of course, a tbsp of pumpkin pie spice.
This is the best bannana bread ever! I used less sugar and it tastes almost better!!!!! I bake it only for 50 min and it comes out perfect!!!!!!!!!:)
I reccomend to check at 30-35min because I took my bread out at 50min and it was overcooked! Oven was at 350 but the bottom half of the inside and crust was very brown. only about 1/3 of the top was a nice yellow.
Otherwise, the taste was amazing! I’ll be using this again but with a smidge less sugar and i’ll check it 10min earlier.
I made this for the congregation of St. Marks Church in Florence, Italy and everybody loved it! People keep asking about it. Great Recipe!
DO NOT Put baking soda in it…Use Baking powder….I have baked the same recipe several times using baking powder….The one occassion I use baking soda to see what’s the difference and it makes a huge difference with taste and look.
Great recipe…Just use powder and not soda.
I just tried! Amazing recipe!! thanks so much!
I love this recipe and have made it dozens of times. I always add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg or pumpkin spice as well.
How can I sub coconut oil for butter and add Flax meal and brewers yeast for daughter who’s breastfeeding dairy allergic grandson. Thank you?
This is my favourite and only banana bread recipe. In my case, I add 3-4 bananas, and I butter then sugar my baking pan before baking. Fresh out of oven, I rub butter/margarine over top of the hot bread. Thanks!
I love this recipe and make it weekly- but I had 2 questions.
1 are there nutrition facts for this? I just joined Weight Watchers and am having a hard time tracking this bread
2 do you know an easy way to make smaller loads of this recipe – for Christmas gifts and such??
I’ll do my research online and try to find it but I was just wondering if you knew
Thank you for the recipe! It’s easy, quick, and makes really moist bread!!
Hi Lauren, I’m guessing the nutritional analysis will completely depend on the size of slice. I don’t personally do nutritional analysis on the recipes, but I think you can find some online tools to help you if you need it. As for smaller loaves, it depends on the size of the loaf pan. I would just experiment for the right cooking time for your pan.
Can I substitute flour with arrowroot flour or gluten free flour using the same amount or will it be dry?
Hi Heather, I have not tried substituting the flour with gluten-free flour or arrowroot flour. If you do, please let us know how it turns out for you!
Used an all purpose gluten-free flour, and it turned out wonderful. Only difference is a little less rise.
I haven’t had banana bread in years, but today, with this recipe, it was a real treat. I want to add some macadamia nuts next time. My wife says chocolate. Easy recipe but great taste!! Definitely be making this again.
I made them today. It just came out awesome. The banana bread looks exactly like in your pictures here. I am might thrilled!! Thank you!! :-)
I’m amazed people are still commenting on this recipe after so many years! But it is that good and the method is so easy. I couldn’t find anyone who gave an amount of the chocolate chips they added. How much would be best? I’m thinking 1/2 cup. I have made it twice with 1 c. nuts and it was very good and very popular, but there are people in the family who do not like nuts.
I have made this recipe with a cup of chocolate chips and it turned out very good
I love thIs recipe. I substitute the butter with coconut oil, add coconut shreds and oatmeal in the batter. I also throw crushed pecans on top. It’s so popular I’m making 3 a week. Thank you
Love this recipe! I changed a few things so my hubby could eat it. I used I can’t believe its not butter instead of butter and used egg beaters instead of 1 egg. I also added walnuts and only used a little sugar . It came out perfect!
This is the best banana Bread recipe!!!! Everybody loves it.. I usually replace some of the flour with oat, and works beautifully….
Ok its midnight and couldnt sleep so i began looking for recipes for banana bread. I read your comment and couldnt wait for morning. I began cooking. I made plain banana bread,bread with orange rinds ,coffe icing and 6 other additions you suggested. Each one great. I did make a small loaf to play with for myself and came up with plain banana bread cooled completly then i add a scoop of chunky monkey ice cream from ben and jerrys. Out of this world. To everyone who made suggestions thankyou. You made a great banana bread alot of fun. My friends will thank you also. I made so much bread i have to share it with my friends. Excellent banana taste and not heavy like many other receipes.
I just made this yesterday and it came out really good. I just made an adjustment with the sugar I put less than half a cup of sugar and it came out DELICIOUS!
Made this last night with just the half cup of sugar. Simple, delicious, and plenty sweet enough for dessert (but not too sweet for, say, breakfast ;)
I followed the receipe to the Tee. Went back and made sure everything was correct. It was. Put in the oven at right tempture. One hour and 10 minutes the losf was a nice golden color but the loaf did not rise up onto a loaf. It just stayed the same height as when I put it in the oven. It was doughy inside. What went wrong?
Hi Arthur, the only two leavening agents in the recipe are baking soda and an egg. So it could be that your baking soda is too old (even baking soda can get less effective over time depending on the environment in which it is stored) or your egg may be too old. You may also want to check your oven to make sure it is properly calibrated.
This recipe deserves all of the praise it receives. I used the 1/2 c. sugar, 1 c. chopped walnuts variation, and it was delicious, easy, and quick to clean up after. Will add 1/2 t. cinnamon next time.
Try adding halved maraschino cherries and pecans to the top of the bread before baking. Turns out awesome!!!
Great Recipe! I had been using this recipe for a while. This time I added 3/4 th cup of confectioner’s sugar and baked it little well done and Oh my my.. Sweet crunchy banana bread is ready to eat!
It is so yummy and quick and easy to make! Love it!
This was delicious!! I added blueberries and used creme de banana in place of the vanilla. I also only used 3/4 c sugar. Note: I used a glass pan and it only took 50 minutes to bake completely. This is a keeper!!
Great Recipe! I substituted the butter with applesauce and cream cheese (!) and used mostly agave syrup instead of the sugar. Delicious! Possibly the best banana bread I’ve ever had?!
How much applesauce and how much cream cheese? I’m a diabetic (Type 2) so would like to cut down the sugar (since I can’t cut down the flour), so thought the applesauce option might help with the carb count.
Now my go-to recipe for banana bread (after all these years!).
I needed a cup of milk for this recipe and I added some raisins and a shot of spiced rum…yummy yum.
Hi, my name is Francesca I’m 11 years-old and I made banana bread today with my mom and it was delisious I recommended cause it’s easy to follow.
no offense but this banana bread tastes bland and is dry. I would not reccommend
Spice it up! That’s what I did :) add cinnamon, nutmeg, extra vanilla etc… raisins, nuts, coconut. It’s all good! This is just a good base.
I’ve been making your recipe for a couple years now, it’s so amazing! Everyone loves it! Every single time I go into work, my co-workers just ask me where the banana bread is. Sometimes they hold things hostage until I bring some in. I’ve tried all kinds of variations, rum, coconut oil, more banana, less banana, chocolate, nuts, forgot ingredients, etc. It always tastes good. Very foolproof recipe. Thank you!
So many comments, do you need mine? Not! I did GF this recipe, and of course, no sugar needed. Sub almond flour 2/3 C, oat flour 1/3, Flax 1/3, and. added raisins. Added sesame tahini and spices. Topped with a little erythritol and butter. Great!
I like this idea with the flour thank you for sharing. Today I added cinnamon, oatmeal, Apple sauce, just 1/2. Cup of brown sugar, pecan
Thank you for this recipe. In my family, if a banana has one brown spot on it, no one will eat it. (So we waste a lot of bananas.)
I heard that you can make banana bread with these bananas so I froze the spotted bananas until I had time to make some. This was my first time EVER making banana bread and this recipe is very easy and VERY delicious. Thank you so much for posting it. Now I know what to do with those brown-spotted bananas! :-)
I add a cup of rhubarb (or currants) to the mix and use coconut oil instead of butter. It gives it a tang.
The recipe turned out to be great! Do you have any other simple dessert ideas like this one I’m new to baking. Thanks for the post!
This is my go to Banana Bread recipe. I make it just as the recipe says and it always turns out beautiful.
Oh my goodness this is great! I couldn’t decide between chocolate chips, nuts, or just leaving it plain, so I did all three. I did chocolate on the left, pecans on the right, and regular in the middle, and oh my word. I even woke my mom up to try a bite. Thanks so much for the recipe and, commenters, for your suggestions!
Love this recipe!
I used 1c stevia granuals instead of the sugar.
I added 1 oz strong coffee (as suggested), 1/4c coconut. I didn’t have any walnuts so I added 1/4c hemp hearts. I poured the batter into 2 mini loaf pans and baked for 30min in a convection oven. After cooling for a bit, I sliced the loaf with a large butter spreader, worked great. Soooo good!
just made 8 loafs, multiply everything by 8 worked gr8 and i didnt have any baking soda so i used 3 time as much baking powder and just cut out all the salt. thx
I have never made banana bread before and I’ve always wanted to make it, but im not sure how long I should let the bananas sit and get ripped. Can I make banana bread while the banana is still yellow? Or do I have to wait until they get soft?
Hi Vanessa, it usually takes several days. If you want to speed up the process, put the bananas in a paper bag, like a lunch bag. You should make the banana bread when the bananas are very sweet and soft, which usually happens when the yellow bananas are at least partially speckled with a lot of brown.
Also just want to verify that you actually melt the butter and that you dont put cold butter. Hopefully you know what i mean
Best banana bread on the planet!I make it every week. I’ve added peanut butter, chocolate chips, berries, oranges, etc., and they’re all turned out yummy! It was the first recipe I ever used, having never made banana bread. Berries to say, I am definitely hooked! Thanks soo much!!!
I use butter in the recipe,but butter-flavored Crisco for the pan.Also use currants,golden raisins,and nuts depending on what’s in the pantry.A versatile recipe!
I made this this evening and double the recipe and baked it in a Bundt pan. My husband came into the house after working all afternoon outside and said. “I don’t want dinner tonight, I want to skip straight to desert.” I had just pulled it from the oven and cooled it long enough to put it on a plate. Sliced it and spread some butter on it. My husband ate about a third of it. This recipe is a keeper, thank you very much. Btw I was looking for a banana bread recipe and you was the first one I saw when I google it never seen your site before, will use it again and again since I saw so many great recipes while waiting on the bread to cook. Thank you and my Husband thanks you.
I love this banana bread so much, I started baking extra to bring into work! This is a very forgiving recipe for an imprecise baker like me. A whole cup of sugar is really too sweet, especially if your bananas are really ripe.
Great basic recipe. I added sour cream and reduced the amount of butter. With this recipe you can get creative and end up with a great result.
This has become my sure fire “oh no, we’ve lost the bananas” recovery program. My husband likes it so much he’ll hide a few bananas just so I will make it! This recipe is also great with some chocolate chips or a bit of peanut butter mixed in! Thank you for this gem Elise!
Thank you for this delicious recipe. I tried this yesterday for the first time. I used brown sugar and only half a cup of that. The bread tasted better than anything I’ve ever bought. I usually make the muffins using your recipe but I’m always baking bread from now on.
This bannana bread is legitness
I see that there are a number of comments on this recipe, which I find wonderful. I’m happy to know that so many people like to bake. I just want to through my 2 cents into the wishing well for those of us who prefer to bake without butter. Equal amounts of original flavor sugarless apple sauce can replace the need for butter when baking and give your breads, cakes, and other treats a nice extra moisture! What to get around buttering your pan? That’s a little tricky. I opt for I Can’t Believe it’s Nutter! or Canola Oil. Canola oil is higher in calories, but much lower in saturated fat! Either way, we can all agree banana bread and baking are both great! Take care of yourselves!
Made this with 3 SUPER ripe bananas. Added nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon as well as extra vanilla. Turned out PERFECT and amazing!! Perfect size recipe to fill my mini loaf pan (9 loaves) with none left over and each filled equally! Thank you for the recipe definitely hanging on to it
It’s incredible how moist this banana bread is. Family’s favorite recipe, though sometimes we throw in chocolate chips.
i just baked this, the taste is AMAZING.
I used three bananas, made two mini loaves and it was done in 25 minutes. the toothpick came out clean.
i have just once confusion, it was very very wet, almost unlike cake/bread.
did i do something wrong. it would be kind of you to reply. i want to bake it again right now.
You might try making it with 2 bananas instead or baking it a bit longer.
i made one today and everyone was amazed of the taste! Its very tasty and delicious! Perfect taste! I will make again tomorrow bcoz i got some orders! Masarap!!!
I’ve made this recipe at least 20 times. I find that it turns out best when my oven is set at 325 degrees and it’s baked for 1 hr and 5 minutes. I normally use 4 bananas. Delicious!
My first time making banana bread. I loved this recipe. Delicious! Thank You!