Moist Banana Bread Recipe
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Moist Banana Bread Recipe

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I found this recipe in a family cookbook, and it’s been a favorite ever since. Everyone seems to like it, even those who don’t normally care for banana bread.
Recommended: Banana Bread A to Z
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 to 5 medium)
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 230 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, bananas, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in nuts if desired.
  2. Transfer to two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Moist Banana Bread in Country February/March 2008, p51

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sd20 User ID: 5560294 242175
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"It was good but my family prefers the " The Best Ever Banana bread" on his site even more!"

billie317718 User ID: 8529019 232421
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"This recipe is so good, it's the only one I will ever use. The only thing I changed was I use banana pudding instead of vanilla.

I was given a case of bananas from our church and made countless loaves of this bread. The first several loaves were eaten as fast as I could get them out of the oven (college aged boys in the house) the rest we gave away or froze. This freezes beautifully and when thawed still tastes just like fresh!!!"

BEVVVV User ID: 457966 228626
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"Delish! Moist! easy."

[email protected] User ID: 4420249 225852
Reviewed May. 4, 2015

"One of the very best banana breads ever. I made exactly as recipe states but added walnuts as suggested and it was very moist. I did make one large loaf and 4 mini (5X3) loaves. It's such a simple recipe--you don't even need to use the mixer. I see no reason that you couldn't half the recipe if you didn't have enough bananas. If I was making half a recipe I'd use 3 eggs and maybe increase the bananas some."

RobinMash1969 User ID: 8289865 222656
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

"This is simply positively the best banana bread I have ever had"

theimerl User ID: 1607604 175170
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"I make this banana bread when ever I need to use up bananas. It's my favorite."

Lauriesami User ID: 2118914 158997
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"The best banana bread I've ever made. Loved how moist it stayed. My daughter who doesn't like bananas cooked in anything loved this bread."

darlin579 User ID: 6443093 99582
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"Loved it"

Sprowl User ID: 29186 171218
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"Wonderful flavor just as is, but for the fall I step it up a notch, by replacing the vanilla instant

with pumpkin spice instant pudding (most markets only carry this in the fall in SoCal). Wow, now the best Pumpkin Banana bread ever!"

carcyn31 User ID: 7347004 172695
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I used banana cream pudding it gave it a better flavor and I also used walnuts which gives it more of the banana bread consistancy, I loved it so did my family and friends. I'm making it again today. :)"

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