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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.

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Robin User ID: 9235187 271904
Reviewed 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 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. :)"

Aunt Mim User ID: 5554305 110973
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."

5kidsrus User ID: 4899701 102170
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

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

cmkbf User ID: 6173693 102423
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

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

Kitchen_Kanchhi User ID: 7234388 102397
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."

RoxanaGarcia User ID: 7226948 209538
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!"

xmeomen2000 User ID: 7210611 110972
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!"

SheilaGKing User ID: 7130561 140003
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!"

KathleenUsher User ID: 1240749 102396
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 :)"

NanaEJGR4 User ID: 6915260 170295
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!"

BabettesFeast User ID: 6893657 99581
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Simply the best banana bread yet!"

dlandrig5 User ID: 1352548 140002
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

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

Anthea4566 User ID: 6859814 84443
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

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

Susan Nyg User ID: 6859177 158994
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"

dogcat_8 User ID: 6341559 84435
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!"

momtwingirls2boys User ID: 5607503 84402
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!"

tiffanygodfrey User ID: 5242011 158990
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!"

branstin User ID: 5325640 81462
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"

shells79 User ID: 5549445 84401
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!!"

wetbarbhal User ID: 2791653 102167
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."

kjclark2 User ID: 4678907 170293
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."

nddenise User ID: 3171983 175159
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

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

sprime User ID: 4563266 170934
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!!!!"

lilokiegurl User ID: 997482 155452
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!"

sueellen01 User ID: 1080729 84392
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."

October13 User ID: 3434485 140001
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

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


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