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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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."

crouchcrew User ID: 7531123 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 User ID: 1697209 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 User ID: 1604521 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 User ID: 2565047 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 User ID: 8442730 249657
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2016

"Best of all my banana bread recipes."

Ashleyri05 User ID: 7341753 249508
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

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

capers66 User ID: 8166737 248485
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"Love this recipe"

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