Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe

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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 my best banana bread recipe. It really is that good! —Gert Kaiser, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Featured In: Banana Bread A to Z
MAKES:
16 servings
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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
Pour into a greased 9x5-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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 255 calories, 12g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • 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
  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 9x5-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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Robby1 User ID: 1478802 286805
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2018

"I have been making this bread for many years. I double the recipe and do two 9x5 loaf pans. I always start my timer for 45 minutes and then start checking the bread after that for doneness. It truly is the best ever banana bread."

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golfbaker User ID: 2682197 286548
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2018

"I have a similar recipe. Use 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup oil and bake in 3 smaller pans which are great as gifts or to keep in the freezer. I spray the bottom of the three pans and sprinkle with oatmeal to keep from sticking. bake at 335 degrees for 35-36 minutes. my husband likes blueberries rather then nuts.

So good, hard to keep them on hand."

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todmar User ID: 5047859 285223
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2018

"OMG make sure you grease AND FLOUR the TWO (2) pans you will need. One pan is not enough for this much dough. AND it DOES NOT take 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours to bake. 45 to 55 min is MORE then plenty to bake 2 loaves. Enjoy"

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wrightrecipes User ID: 8154076 285175
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2018

"A really, really good recipe. I don’t usually tried recipes that are labeled “best ever”, but I had the ingredients for this one. The bread is moist, is has the right texture and strong banana flavor. A definnite winner. I used a scant cup on the oil simply because I ran out and it was still very moist."

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cimgraph1 User ID: 4256402 284826
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2018

"It’s in the oven now. Sure smells good baking! I checked at one hour and was still gooey in center. Checked again in 5 minutes (as suggested by another reviewer) and it was done! I had lined the loaf pan with parchment paper, so I cooled for 10 minutes and lifted it out to finish cooling. Smells and looks delicious! My whole house smells like bananas!"

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ahmom User ID: 3426126 283124
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2018

"This turned out wonderfully. I used bananas that were black to get a great banana flavor.

I think I may try less sugar next time. perhaps 1 cup."

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carrie User ID: 9195795 283004
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2018

"This is my favorite banana bread recipe, I think my family lets the bananas turn brown so I will make this. LOL The only thing I do is dust the pans(I always double it, and put 1 loaf in the freezer) with cinnamon & sugar. YUMMMMMMMY"

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[email protected] User ID: 7108861 282928
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2018

"I will never look for another banana bread recipe! This one completely lives up to its name!"

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evyspears User ID: 1288566 282639
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2018

"This is definitely the best banana bread I've ever tasted. My whole family loves it."

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stamper600 User ID: 5709462 282356
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2018

"Whenever I have extra bananas this is the recipe I reach for to make banana nut bread. In fact I have shared it 5 times with different friends; it's that good."

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