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Moist Banana Bread

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
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 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


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

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  • sherri6332000
    Sep 27, 2020

    This is the best banana bread recipe ever. Cut the recipe in half using 3 eggs. Used sugar free french vanilla pudding mix as that was all I had. Another recipe had nilla wafers in the bread. I didn't do that but I did crush about 12 cookies and added a little brown sugar and melted butter. That went on top before baking. Baked in my convection oven at 325 for 50 minutes. So moist inside yet crunchy with the topping. Wonderful recipe.

  • Christine
    Sep 29, 2019

    Simple and "The Best"

  • Rachelyn
    Aug 14, 2019

    Hands down the best banana bread recipe ever! My family LOVES it. It's light and moist; not so heavy or dry like some recipes. Even my kids who normally don't like banana bread will eat banana bread with this recipe!

  • Robin
    Jan 28, 2019

    This is the best banana bread recipe i have ever made..the secret ingredient is the vanilla cant go wrong with this one..i sometimes use the mini loaf pans and give them as gifts..well if my family doesn't eat them all first..

  • mamaknowsbest
    Apr 18, 2018

    Have tried many banana breads but this is one of the best. Would recommend this to anyone. A winner for sure! Adding pudding does keep it moist. We love cinnamon so added additional to top. Beautiful. Great two loaf recipe to make and share! As a volunteer feild editor with Taste of Home magazine I love recipes that use simple ingredients and make them friend and family worthy gifts from my kitchen!

  • Cathy
    Dec 18, 2017

    No comment left

  • Robin
    Aug 17, 2017

    I am picky..but I gotta say..this is the best banana bread recipe I have ever kids love it and my church group says it's simply divine and wants to know my way..haha

  • sd20
    Jan 20, 2016

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

  • billie317718
    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!!!

    Jun 27, 2015

    Delish! Moist! Easy.