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Best Ever Banana Bread

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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

  • Preheat oven to 350°. 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 or parchment-lined 9x5-in. loaf pan. If desired, sprinkle with additional walnuts. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Banana Bread Tips

How do I quickly ripen bananas?

When baking with bananas, use ones that are ripe (or even overripe) to yield the best flavor. If you have a day or two to spare, place bananas and an apple, avocado, peach or tomato in a brown paper bag and keep on your counter. This will trap the ethylene gas of the fruits and quicken the ripening process. To ripen bananas even faster, place them in their peels on a baking sheet and warm in a 250° oven for 15-20 minutes. Check out this article for more banana ripening tips.

Do you have to use baking soda in banana bread?

Both baking soda and baking powder are chemical leaveners that provide lift to your baked goods. If you want some rise in your banana bread and don’t have baking soda handy, try substituting baking powder. Baking powder is about 4 times weaker than baking soda. So for this recipe, use 4 teaspoons baking powder as a substitute for the 1 teaspoon baking soda. If the rise is not important to you, you can leave it out completely. Learn more on the differences between baking soda and baking powder.

How do you keep banana bread moist after baking?

To keep banana bread moist, let it cool completely on a cooling rack. If you plan on eating the banana bread within 2-4 days, store on the counter in an airtight container lined with paper towels. For longer storage, freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Learn more on storing your favorite baked goods.
Nutrition 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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  • Gisela
    Jul 19, 2020

    This is the easiest and best tasting banana bread ever. I put raisins in one loaf and blueberries in another, yum.

  • vacicero
    Jun 23, 2020

    This is definitely the best banana bread I have ever made. I made extra loafs to give to family members and they all raved about how good it was. On some loaves I did add a little nutmeg and cinnamon and it also tasted good with those spices. Either way, this is the best banana bread!!!

  • Lynda
    Jun 10, 2020

    this is the one I have been looking for finally after 2 years

  • dalia
    Jun 9, 2020

    This by far is the best banana bread I've made. In fact, much less time consuming than ones I've used in the past. I included half a cup of dark semi-sweet chocolate chips, which made a delicious combination with the walnuts. This one is a keeper!

  • sgronholz
    Jun 1, 2020

    I've been a fan of banana bread ever since I was a child and this one is delicious! I substituted chocolate chips for the walnuts, which my husband and I enjoyed.

  • LPHJKitchen
    May 28, 2020

    One of the easiest banana breads I've ever made! My kids even helped make it and it turned out perfect. We opted to make it gluten

  • ebramkamp
    May 28, 2020

    This really is the best banana bread. I did add an extra small banana and used toasted pecans because that is what I had. This is moist and flavorful. It's everything you want and hope in a banana bread. Normally with a slice of banana bread I butter it. This is so good I didn't need the butter.

  • gunslinger
    May 26, 2020

    Very easy, moist and delicious! A keeper for sure!

  • readerboehm
    May 24, 2020

    I use 1 cup of bananas, whatever nuts I have on hand. Sometimes I add 1.5 cups blueberries (takes longer to cook). Sometimes Apples. I like to cook these in mini-loave pans. I get four out of the recipe. For Blueberry I cooked for 40-45min. All others 30-35mins.

  • Cameodaisy
    May 20, 2020

    Love this recipe!! I never liked banana bread, but this recipe has changed my mind. I have mad it several times now, and also gave a loaf to relatives who also loved it. Easy to make and freezes well. My mom likes to slice and bag it separately for the freezer, then she has a snack that thaws quickly. I would do the same, but we wind up eating it all before I can freeze any. Definitely recommend trying this recipe!