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Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Moist Banana Bread Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Moist Banana Bread

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

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

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!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"Delish! Moist! Easy."

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."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

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

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

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

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."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"Loved it"

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!"

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. :)"

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"Probably the most moist banana bread I've ever made! Next time instead of using bananas I'm going to try apples. Been looking for a good Jewish apple cake recipe and the batter in this recipe is definitely the right texture."

Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"I have used this recipe many times in the past year and it is excellent!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"Very easy to make and so very good! YUM!"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"Replaced 1 cup whole wheat flour. 1/2 cup brown sugar and used one big box of vanilla pudding. It still tasted delish."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"This banana bread was a hit! Growing up my mom always made banana bread loaves so they have a special nostalgic value to me. I looked online thru many recipes but I opted to go with Taste of Homes and I am extremely happy I did. It was moist and fluffy and delicious. I made the batter in a cupcake tin and 2 mini loaves. It actually took the cupcakes only 24 min to bake and the mini loaves about 35 on 350. Thanks again TOH!"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

"The best banana bread recipe! So easy! Very moist! Kids loved it! I?m passing this recipe along to my friends & family. Thanks for taking the time to post from your family cookbook. I will now put it in mine. Definitely will make again!"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"I did not have two pkgs of pudding, so I used one large pkg. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly as written. My husband says it is a keeper! Delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"I have made this recipe many many times. I've tried with oil or apple sauce and with or without chocolate chips, always turned out amazing. This is officially MY banana bread recipe :)"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"I have made this recipe quite a few times. Try substituting strawberry creme or pumpkin spice instant puddings for the vanilla pudding. Tastes like strawberrys and banana or pumpkin bread. Thanks very much for sharing. It's my go to recipe for old bananas!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Simply the best banana bread yet!"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"Delicious plain and even better with mini chocolate chips added!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"The best banana bread recipe ever. The nuts are a must though, I used pecan nuts."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"This is the best banana bread recipe my grandson and I have ever made. He is 9 and this turned out so well for him. THANK YOU for sharing this recipe"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"This is a very moist banana bread. I made the recipe as directed and it turned out great! I did put foil on top of the loaf for the last 18 minutes of baking because the top started to get too dark for my liking. It's a very moist bread and was a hit in my house. Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"I made this tonight & used Splenda & applesauce instead of oil. 1 loaf I added mini choc. chips & the other was plain (no nuts). Both loaves turned out great!! Very moist & airy. My kids couldn't wait for the bread to finish cooling. Definitely will make again!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"This is BY FAR the BEST banana bread recipe out there! I have tried many, and this is the only recipe I use now...LOVE IT!"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"My husband has complained that my banana bread was dry and that I should use his ex-wife's recipe!! NOT HAPPENING.. So I have been looking for a very moist recipe. I substituted the 1 C. canola oil with 1/4 C Olive Oil and the 3/4 C applesauce. It was the best and he LOVED IT!! SUCCESS at last"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"This bread was super moist with a nice crunchy top, everyone liked in my family including me who's not big on banana bread!!"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"This is the best banana bread recipe I've ever found. My daughter took it to the county fair and got a first place."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"This recipe is awesome! This is the best Banana Bread I have ever made. It did not last long at our house. Will add this to my favorites."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"If you like Banana Bread from Bob Evans restaurant, you'll love this recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

"This is, by far the best banana bread recipe I have ever tried...and in my husband's words, "This is the most moist, and best banana bread I've ever had!" This one is definitely a keeper!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"I like to bake and got a request from a friend to make chocolate chip banana bread. I found this recipe and just added the semi sweet chips. Now I can't get a moments peace with my phone going off for this amazing bread! Even my son who does not like anything banana loves this bread. It is a keeper!"

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2009

"Mine was not moist--it was so very dry that I ended up throwing it away. Can't figure out why it was so dry."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"This was the best banana bread I ever made! Everyone liked it, thank you.


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