Banana Bread

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

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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

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

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

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

I was given this banana bread recipe years ago from my friend Heidi H, who, many years before, had begged the recipe from a ski buddy’s mother—Mrs. Hockmeyer. Thanks Heidi!

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How to make banana bread

Banana Bread Recipe

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Deborah

    I made it twice. The first time I cooked it it came out dry and burned on the bottom. The second time I set the timer for 40 minutes and it came out dry and overly brown on the edges. I suggest a cooking time of 35 minutes.

  2. Beckie

    I have about 20 bananas in the freezer so guess I should get busy. I love banana bread, my mom never made it. In elementary school every summer I couldn’t wait for school to be over because we lived across the street from a park & one summer there was new people at the park. A grandma would let her granddaughter come visit from Mexico and stay a week. The grandma brought fresh banana bread for their picnic, was first time I had ever had banana bread, my mom always made zucchini or fruit bread. I still have the recipe somewhere packed (I’ll be 50 this year and thinking of the memories and seeing photo- Mmmm I can smell it and feel the warmth in my mouth with a dab of homemade butter)
    Jr high the grandma moved from our town, but in home economics we made banana bread in cleaned out soup cans. Fill half way full and check as your baking that centers are done. They are so fun to make as we did many after cooling just enough to come from can we’d cut them in half (vertically from top to bottom), we made another kind of bread like crumb cake/coffee cake and cut same way. Packaged them up with banana on one side & coffee/crumble cake on the other and took field trip to the care center for elderly and gave them as gifts. It was a program that worked with bluebirds, brownie or camp fire girls groups. Most of the elderly people who was there didn’t have anyone. So the program (I keep thinking it’s called “Adopt a grandparent” we rotated with cub scouts/boy scouts as we went 3 times during the school year, but always made goodie bags or craft stuff and the people loved it.
    My grandparents lived about hour & half away. I think we could adopt up to 3 elders at 1 time. Besides teaching us home economics we learned about feelings and emotions as well as death. I wish they still had things like this around. Can’t wait to make this and thank you for taking me down a great memory trip.

  3. Sara

    The best banana bread iv ever had and all my family agrees !


  4. Kate

    Just made this recipe, super easy and very yummy


  5. Christie

    Easy to make, came out so moist


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