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Best Banana Bread

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you’ll ever need!

Read on for my secret to the moistest and flavorful banana bread.

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you'll ever need! Read on for my secret to the moistest and flavorful banana bread.

First of, a quick disclaimer. I try to stay away from claiming any of my recipes the best of the best. Honestly, there can be many variations of THE BEST of anything, right?

Well anyway, this basic banana bread recipe is the best though! Moist and tender, flavorful and nutty! It’s been our family favorite for quite a while now.

The ingredients are super simple. Just sugar, butter, flour, egg, you know, the basics. And you don’t even need a mixer for this recipe, just good ol’ wooden spoon will do here.

So what makes this basic banana bread recipe so special?
Now, the secret to the moistest banana bread is frozen bananas. Of course, every banana bread recipe calls for over-ripe banana, and while it’s definitely key, I find frozen over-ripe bananas turns already good banana bread into i-can’t-stop-eating-kind of banana bread!

Why?

Because defrosted bananas get super mushy and liquidy, and all that flavorful liquid is gold! It makes the bread moist and flavorful.

So, here’s how I deal with frozen bananas.

Ideally, you want to peel and freeze your bananas, when they get dark spots all over. And when you get the craving, they’re ready to go. However, that never happens around here. It seems like those bananas ripen at most inconveniently busy times (read: lazy times) that I simply throw them into the freezer, peels and all! So whenever I’m in banana bread mood, I take those frozen bananas out and hold it under hot tap water to soften a bit, and then peel them and put them in a microwave safe bowl and zip it in a microwave until they’re completely defrosted and practically liquid. Sounds like a lot of work? Nah, it’s not really that bad, and for that amazing banana bread, you won’t even mind it!

Did I mention you don’t need a mixer for this?

Basic Banana Bread Recipe, step by step

Get your bowl and wooden spoon out! Let’s get baking!

Also, this’s just a basic banana bread recipe, which means you get to customize it to your own liking. Chocolate chips or chopped chocolates, dried fruits, different nuts, whatever your heart desires! As you can imagine, I often add chocolate in mine.

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you'll ever need! Read on for my secret to the moistest and flavorful banana bread.

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading.

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Best Banana Bread

Why make one when you can easily make two? This ridiculously easy, one-bowl basic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you’ll ever need! The secret to my moist banana bread is frozen bananas, it makes such a huge difference and takes from good banana bread to amazing!

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time:10 min

Cook Time:60 min

Total Time:70 min

Ingredients:

  • 8 frozen medium-to-large bananas (or 3.5-4 cups of mashed bananas), thawed
  • 1 ½ cups (300gr) sugar
  • ½ cup (115gr) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups (375gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1- 1 ½ cups (120-180gr) chopped pecans, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Prepare two 9×5-inch bread pan and spray with non-sticl spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the thawed bananas with a fork or potato masher.
  4. Add sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract, and mix everything until combined.
  5. Stir in eggs.
  6. Then add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix to combine.
  7. Add pecans and/or other add-ins, like chocolate chips, dried fruits.
  8. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely before serving.
  11. Keep the banana bread in the bread pan, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to 3 days.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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This post was originally published on February 13th, 2013.

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105 comments

  1. Hi I’ve been meaning to make this banana bread,  I only have 6 Frozen bananas. It is the most easiest I’ve made so far! They came out delicious the only recipe you’ll need!!Thank U for it

    Rating: 5
  2. Hi, My name is Yegi, I made this recipe just now, and forgot to add the salt, would it make a huge difference?

  3. Hi! My husband and I absolutely love this banana bread recipe my question is it says keep in bread pan tightly covered in fridge for 3 days. Does it have to be the bread pan or can it be a container with the lid? Thanks

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Pamela. So happy to hear you all enjoy this recipe. 🙂 Yeah, any container with a lid is fine. The idea is that to expose the bread to less air and bread pan is simplest in my opinion, so that it stays nice and moist longer.

  4. Will it make a difference for unsalted vs salted butter?

  5. I made this yesterday. So moist and so good. I received multiple praises today. Thanks for sharing this amazing Banana Bread Recipe

    Rating: 5
  6. Making now for a bake sale fundraiser!

  7. Could I use regular butter and reduce the salt?

  8. I posted a pic of this Banana nut bread when it came out of oven. Let you know it’s delish, moist and flavorful.

  9. Your recipe is very good & I have never used frozen bananas until now.I used a 1/4 tsp baking powder for a half recipe which I found your recipe missing.I sift the all purpose flour.  Instead of the firmer loaf, it gives a lighter texture I

    Rating: 5
  10. Hi shinee, thanks for this great recipe. I just wanted to ask if you have another recipe for banana bread with yogurt. I had one long ago and it was really good and was thinking if it was ok to add yogurt to this one!!!

  11. I’ve made this recipe twice and neither has come out well. I do half the recipe as I live alone and cannot eat 2 loaves. The first time, I followed the directions exactly and baked it for 55 minutes and it was very burnt. The second time I made it, I covered the bread with tin foil halfway through and only cooked it for 50 minutes, but the outside was burnt and the inside was still raw. I weigh out the ingredients, grease the pan, rotate the pan every 15 minutes, and move the bread to a different rack halfway through. Do you have any suggestions on keeping the bread from burning in the future? The parts I have been able to try have been delicious, but I want to enjoy the whole loaf!

    Rating: 5
    • Oh no, Lydia. It sounds like your oven may be running a bit hotter than it’s set to. I suggest getting an oven thermometer to check the accuracy. Or maybe try to set the oven to 325°F and see if it’ll help.

  12. This seems like very little butter for two loaves…but I have never frozen my bananas in advance..I will have to try that.

  13. Hi,can I use date syrup instead of sugar,if yes ,how much syrup?

  14. Hello. Thank you for this recipe it looks easy and yummy, I am new to baking and I was wondering if there is a difference between brown and white sugar…. Since on the ingredients it’s mentioned sugar.

    • Hi, Carla. Thanks for reaching out. In this recipe, we’re using white granulated sugar. Hope you’ll love this banana bread. Let me know if you try it. 😉

      • Thank you so much!! I am freezing the bananas today, will make it tomorrow for my husband’s birthday on Friday 🙂

  15. The easiest And best banana bread that I have ever made. I added some cinnamon . Made a plain loaf and added nuts to the other. Will definitely make this again😁😁😁

    Rating: 5
  16. I have been making this recipe in the last few months and it has been a true pleasure. Not only is the recipe easy to follow, it has not let me down yet. I keep getting requests for this deliciously moist banana bread. A true winning recipe.

    Rating: 5
  17. Hi Shinee! One of your followers asked about a carrot cake variation, I believe. I couldn’t read the text. If there is a variation for carrot cake, would you please share with us all? I love moist carrot cake! Thank you for sharing this recipe. 5 years later and I’m just seeing this fabulous post and my bread is in the oven right now.

  18. I made it and it was delish! I added about 1/2cup of water. It was very moist! Thank you for a great recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  19. Hi my name is Mario. I was wondering if I could make a strudel topping and put it on top of my banana bread in a 13/9 baking pan?

    • Hi, Marion. Though I never tried making my banana bread in 9×13 pan and with strudel, I don’t see why you couldn’t. Give it a try and let me know.

      • Yes I actually have made some strudel and put it on my banana bread in a bunt cake and muffins with a powder sugar glaze and they can out delicious!😋

  20. I always make my banana bread with frozen bananas. Just throw ripe bananas into a freezer bag and use as needed. I’ve given my recipe to so many people but they swear I’m holding out a secret ingredient because their’s doesn’t come out the same. I then realized I forgot to tell them about freezing the bananas. I think it has something to do with the sugar after freezing. Seems to give them a caramel taste.

    • Hi, Vickie. Frozen bananas definitely seem to be the secret. I too never realized that frozen bananas were the key, until I had made with ripe, but unfrozen bananas. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Do you have a nutrition amount like carbs, protein, sugar, etc.?

  22. After a long time I felt like I got something out of a recipe exactly as described and as I expected. I halfed the recipe but used about 6 small frozen bananas and true to what the recipe said, frozen bananas actually made it so much better. I also added 1/4 tsp lemon extract which I plan on increasing to 1/2 tsp next time and i used about 1/4 cup of raisins and 1/4 cups of chopped walnuts for the halfed recipe. So easy and yummy and sure shot recipe!

    Rating: 5
  23. I’m gonna try this recipe tomorrow and let you know how it turned out…..thanks for sharing!

  24. PS: instead of pecan nuts I used almonds and also I added cinnamon. Dried bananas on top are the perfect garnish

  25. I have tried so many different recipes for banana bread, but this is literally by far the best. Thank you so much for the frozen/ defrosted banana personal tip.Kind regarts, Eicke

    Rating: 5
  26. I have tried following your recipe twice but both times they came out really dry. I am not sure what went wrong. I guess we need to add more butter or perhaps buttermilk?

    Rating: 2
    • Hi, Jay. Sorry to hear, yours didn’t turn out well. I’m actually surprised that yours turn out dry, I’ve never had that happen to me. How are you measuring your flour?

  27. This is my go to recipe for the BEST banana bread!  I love this recipe!!!

    Rating: 5
  28. why do you freeze the Bananas? What does it do you you? I have “ripe” bananas I was going to use.

    • Hi, David. I throw my ripe bananas straight to the freezer, because I never seem to be up for baking when they’re on the verge of going bad. Also I feel like thawed bananas yield moister banana bread.

  29. This sounds amazing, can’t wait to make it.  I keep mashed bananas in the freezer in 1 cup measurements.  How much do you think 1 banana equals? 

    • Oh boy, I personally don’t know. But I just googled it to see if I can find an answer, and found this. Looks like there are 3 bananas in 1 cup. So I think you could go with 3 cups of mashed bananas.

      • Hi, recipe calls for 8 banana how many cups is that Please? Thankyou Mara T

        • Hi, Mara. I never measured how many cups 8 frozen bananas measured. But next time I’ll measure and update the recipe accordingly. Thanks!

        • In her prior reply she said one cup of mashed bananas equal 3 whole bananas, therefore if your recipe requires 8 bananas you would use 2 2/3 cups of mashed bananas.

  30. This was my first time making banana bread. It came out so good!!!!! I added chocolate chips and walnuts. Thanks for posting this awesome recipe. And I took someone’s advice with defrosting the bananas in the microwave whole, I peeled them like peanuts, it was easy! 

    Rating: 5
  31. I just made them as cupcakes and omg they r sooo good thx a lot for the recipe. My son loved them a lot I used less sugar and added chocolate chips and a little flax meal. My question is can I freeze them? Thx 

    Rating: 5
  32. Thx for the recipe. Will try it tomorrow but was wondering if i can make it a bit healthier for my toddlers, also trying to cut down on sugar. Do u think using a little honey or grade a maple syrup might work? Which and how? Not trying to change the recipe just wondering if it can be made in a kid friendly way. Will follow the recipe for my own loaf 😉. Thx a lot 

    • Hi, Sally. I wouldn’t recommend replacing sugar with honey or maple syrup, because you won’t get the same texture. If you really want to cut down on sugar you may reduce it by 1/2 cup, but I don’t know how it’ll affect the taste and texture of the final bread.

    • Try Splenda. Measures equally to sugar cup for cup and you can’t taste the difference. Also, it’s made from bananas.

  33. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe i tried last weekend and it was successful everybody liked and were eaten so quick. i will write down this recipe to my recipe notebook.

    Rating: 5
  34. Why does the banana bread have to be kept in the pan and fridge? I understand it’ll go bad quickly, as most home baked goods do, but is it not stable enough to keep in Tupperware?
    Thanks. Trying today!

    • Hi, Gidgette. I feel like the bread stays moist and fresh longer, when kept in the pan. Less area is exposed to air, I guess. But storing in a tupperware is cool too, especially if you’ll eat it quickly.

  35. I have frozen bananas for banana bread for years, and I’m one step lazier than you are. I simply freeze them peels on, then defrost them in a bowl in the microwave still in their peels.  Once defrosted I snip off one end with kitchen shears and squeeze the banana and all that good juice right out of its peel.   So easy, no mess and no peeling.
    I agree, frozen bananas make the best bread!!

    • Oh how interesting! It never occurred to me to microwave them with peels on! But it makes sense. Totally trying that next time. Thanks for sharing, Denise!

  36. The recipe says to add sugar, butter, eggs & vanilla. Then stir in eggs. When do we add the eggs?

  37. I never would have thought to use frozen banana,but we always have a few in the freezer, so I am making this loaf asap

  38. I always have frozen bananas in the fridge!! I think I may have just found banana bread nirvana!

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