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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
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 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 serving (1 slice) equals 255 calories, 12 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 166 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g 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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Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"I make this any time I have bananas that are really ripe, it's really good!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"Excellent recipe. I skipped the nuts because I didn't have any and it still turned out tasty. Next time I will make sure I have walnuts because I'm sure it will be even better. I read the reviews and decided to use only 1 cup of sugar and added a teaspoon of cinnamon. This is now my go to banana bread recipe. Very fast and easy."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"perfect banana bread"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"I followed the directions exactly except for adding 1 cup of Hershey cinnamon chips along with the walnuts. Came out AMAZING."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"I have used a recipe very similar to this one since 1966. Mine uses 1 stick of margarine instead of oil, only 1 cup of sugar, 3 mashed bananas not 2 and no buttermilk or vanilla plus I've always used pecans and not walnuts but that is a matter of preference. Instead of bread, I often make miniature muffins and we love the muffins."

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