Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe
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Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe

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Whenever I pass a display of bananas in the grocery store, I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of this bread. It really is good! —Gert Kaiser, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Featured In: Banana Bread A to Z
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 255 calories, 12g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, bananas, oil, buttermilk and vanilla; add to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Fold in nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Best Ever Banana Bread in Country October/November 1991, p49

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Justin User ID: 9058596 260513
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"BEST. BANANA. bread. *EVER*!!!

I've been using this recipe for five years now (or more!)… But never actually submitted a review! And the very first time I made it I fell in love! I'm very picky with my banana breads (True story!). This is ALWAYS my GO-TO recipe to give away as treats to family/friends or to make and keep at home (but it doesn't last very long!). I've made it exactly the way it shows in the recipe. And it's AMAZING!! However… Being the curious and advanced chef/baker that I am, I changed a few ingredients to "health" it up a bit. You're welcome to adopt my style! Here's what I did:
Used 1 cup unbleached flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat
( i've also used gluten free flour blend and it works just as well )
Used 1/2 cup white or raw organic sugar, 1/2 cup brown
Used 1/2 cup avocado oil instead of veg or canola (no taste diff and SO MUCH healthier!)
Made my own buttermilk (1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tablespoon vinegar. Stir and Let sit 5 mins. Discard a bit to give just over 1/4 cup.
Mix well. Stir in mini chocolate chips (or 60% dark chunks) and poof!! Magic! An unbelievable, healthy and DELICIOUS banana bread!!! I bake at 325F for 65 mins everytime
Bon Appetite!!"

JenandBry User ID: 8216959 259217
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"Very nice texture and flavor. Takes a long, long time to cook; more than the usual banana bread recipe. The crust on the outside of the bread turned out a little thick, though I did not burn it. Will most likely make again and experiment with the baking temperature."

cflores6 User ID: 8001403 258637
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

"One of the best recipes I've tried. bread was moist. Kids and nephews ate it all up. Will definitely be making this again.

If you're going to be making mini loaves like I did you'll need to set your timer to 30 minutes instead of1 hour."

Kristi User ID: 8971528 257005
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"I have been on the hunt for a good banana bread recipe. My husband has hated every recipe I have made and only likes his grandmas. I got his grandmas recipe and made it. And guess what? Did it turn out like grandmas? No. I tried this recipe last night. I used 3/4 of the all mixed, finished batter and put hat into a loaf pan. The remainder of the mix was used for mini muffins. I did this because my sister said that every banana bread recipe is actually meant for 2 loafs. This recipe did not say to divide this into two loaf pans. But my sister swore by this. No the bread did not need to bake the total amount of time that was asked. This was due to not putting the whole batch in one pan. I sincerely believe that not using the whole batch in one pan is what helped this stay nice and flavorful and slightly moist. Most breads come out too dry when I use the whole batch in one pan and cook for recommended time. My sister was right. Thanks sis! The bread did turn out looking a little darker although that did not change the taste of this AMAZING recipe. I kept a eye on the bread after a half hour and did the tooth pick trick to see when my bread was done. Finally I have a banana bread recipe I will be excited to add to our family favs cook book!"

Patricia User ID: 7727116 256854
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

"I made this yesterday, it's gone today. It definitely has the right name. It was absolutely THE BEST BANANA bread EVER. The second time I made it today I changed one thing, I halved the amount of nuts and added dark chocolate chips for the other half. It also was exceptionally delicious. The original recipe is so moist and light, not oily and mushy like a lot of recipes. Thank you so much for another of your recipes. All I have tried have become big hits with my family."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5326454 256652
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2016

"We love this recipe! It is the only banana bread recipe I use. I have a nut allergy so I never add the walnuts, but sometimes I add chocolate chips, sometimes I add 1/4 cup cocoa and chocolate chips, sometimes I add fresh blueberries, sometimes I don't add anything. No matter how it is made it turns out great! Sometimes I even make them as muffins! Such a great recipe!"

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 256344
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016 Edited Jan. 12, 2017

"We just love this bread."

ChocolateEE User ID: 8699759 255498
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"My go to recipe for banana bread. Excellent as written. I have double it and used a tube cake pan for easier presentation. Over time I have left out the nuts and added 1 tsp Cinnamon for our household preference."

mzacharellis User ID: 8818880 254742
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"Best ever!!"

lisjanemon User ID: 8937539 254404
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"Great recipe. I didn't have buttermilk so I used my unsweetened coconut milk, and didn't have canola oil so I used olive oil unsure of how it would turn out and everyone loved it! Next time I think I will do 1/4 c less sugar as it is plenty sweet. This is the one I will use from now on. It took 1 hr 25 min."

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