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!

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


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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  • M

    Has anyone tried this in instant pot? I want to divide the batter into two mini loave pans and bake one at a time in the instant pot. I am unsure as to how much time to use at high pressure. Any help is greatly appreciated!

  • Annemarie Conrod

    I’ve made this Banana Bread use whole-wheat flour, 1/4cup of brown sugar and its moist and very tasty. Sometimes I add walnuts or Lilys sugar free chocolate chips or I add both and always delicious and easy! Thanks for sharing the receipe Annemarie Conrod.


  • Ace

    Very easy recipe, and works with gluten-free flour as well (you might need to add some extra milk, though- gf batter is typically thicker than regular).


  • Christina

    This is such a versatile recipe. I usually make it vegan when possible, but I’ve had it based on the original recipe as well and it always turns out great (original is a bit too sweet for me). If you’re looking to be a little healthier don’t hesitate to experiment as I’ve tried nearly everything and it always turns out great. Today I subbed unsweetened applesauce for the sugar (like a heaping 1/4 cup or so. I added a tablespoon of maple almond butter, vegan butter, 2 flax eggs, some coconut flour mixed in with regular, some cinnamon, and swirled in a bit (like a small spoon full) of Nutella for the kids.


  • Malek

    It’s absolutely delicious!


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