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 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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lisjanemon 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."

crouchcrew 254310
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Not only did I roast the bananas but the walnuts as well. I also added chocolate chips. Yummy recipe! I will make this one again and again! I freeze my buttermilk into ice cube trays. So it is always handy!"

murrworm88 253663
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"Great recipe, but way too much sugar for our liking. I made a double batch this time and used 1c. Sugar toral. I always add cinnamon with a sprinkle of nutmeg. I dont ever have buttermilk so i always use milk and vinegar with great results. Made 1 loaf pan and 2 mini loaves; minis took about 50 mins, large took 1 hr 15 mins. Delish!!"

ms11145 252896
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"While I am not a huge fan of just plain banana bread, I must say this one is good. I did add cinnamon to the batter because my family loves it. I didn't add any nuts because DD doesn't like them; however, I would add pecans if I were making this to give away. Husband and I prefer pecans, but that is just a preference thing. Will definitely make again."

sjpoor 252264
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

"Next time I will try only one cup sugar. I didn't have any buttermilk so added 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar to the milk. The only other change I made was using Saffola instead of canola. My grandson suggests adding chocolate chips next time as he likes them in everything. Really good and very moist."

tasteofphyllis 249657
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2016

"Best of all my banana bread recipes."

Ashleyri05 249508
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

"Absolutely amazing!! I always make mini loafs to share the deliciousness :) thank you for sharing!"

capers66 248485
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"Love this recipe"

aburai 248223
Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"This is the best banana bread ever! It never turned out so good before. I like it because it’s fluffy and the bananas weren’t as good to eat anymore but when I baked it, it turned out delicious. I give it 5 stars."

stealth003 247774
Reviewed May. 2, 2016

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

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