Best Moist Banana Bread Recipe

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My go-to banana bread recipe since 2013, and it’s the BEST!! This recipe makes two moistest and most flavorful breads with simple ingredients and just a wooden spoon! The only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need!!

Read on for my secret to the best banana bread.

My go-to banana bread recipe since 2013, and it's the BEST!! This recipe makes two moistest and most flavorful banana breads with simple ingredients and just a wooden spoon! The only banana bread recipe you'll ever need!! #bananabread


 

First, a quick disclaimer. I’m guilty of claiming some of my recipes the best of the best. I do realize that it’s quite subjective. But I promise you, I don’t take this term lightly.

This banana bread recipe has been my go-to since 2013! And yes, I tried other recipes too, but I always come back to this one. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I make this quick bread recipe almost weekly and it never lasts more than 3 days!

And more than 3 dozens of readers confirm my claim! (Just scroll through the comments…)

What makes this the best moist banana bread recipe

Extra-moist, not too dense, but not fluffy either, this quick bread is truly the best!

Here’re 3 reasons you’ll love this recipe:

  • basic ingredients – sugar, butter, flour, eggs, baking soda and bananas, obvi.
  • no mixer required – just grab a large bowl and wooden spoon!
  • totally customizable – add whatever add-ins you’d like, chocolate chips, nuts, anything!

This is the simplest and moistest banana bread - easy to make and yields 2 breads! #bananabread

The secret to moist banana bread

So, the secret to the moistest bread is frozen bananas!

You may have heard that super ripe bananas are key, and that’s definitely true.

However, over the years, I found that frozen over-ripe bananas turn a good banana bread into i-can’t-stop-eating-it kind!

Why?

Because when thawed, bananas get super mushy and liquid-y. And all that juices are gold! Don’t throw out the liquid, it makes the bread moist and flavorful.

Key Ingredient Notes

  • Frozen bananas – are key in this recipe for moistest and most flavorful banana bread. Be sure to freeze ripe or over-ripe bananas. You’ll need about 3.5-4 cups of mashed bananas. Do NOT discard juices from thawed banana, use everything to make the batter.
  • Sugar – Use granulated sugar. I don’t recommend reducing the sugar amount any further for proper texture.
  • Flour – Use unbleached all-purpose flour for the best texture.
  • Baking powder – is the main leavening agent for a tall and fluffy bread
  • Baking soda – is added for browning the bread. Without it, the bread comes out pale.
  • Add-ins – Feel free to add chopped pecans or walnuts, or even chocolate chips.

How to prepare bananas

When you get nice and ripe bananas with lots of dark spots all over, put them in the freezer. (And yes, black bananas are totally ok to use!)

Ideally, you’d want to peel the bananas before freezing. Call it lazy, but I never do that!

Instead, I just stick a cluster of ripe bananas, peels and all, straight into the freezer.

How to thaw frozen bananas:

  1. Run hot tap water over the frozen bananas in a sink for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Peel the skin when it softens and place the peeled bananas in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Microwave until bananas are completely thawed, about 3 minutes.

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!

If you already mashed your bananas before freezing (kuddos to you!), you’ll need about 4 cups of mashed bananas.

How to make the best banana bread

Ok, now that the bananas are ready, let’s get baking!

  1. Make the batter: mash the bananas, add sugar, butter and vanilla extract, and then stir in eggs. Lastly, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Optional, add chopped nuts or chocolate chips.
  2. Bake: divide the batter into 2 greased bread pans. I use glass bread pans, but any bread pan would work. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

choose the right bowl

Use a very large bowl to make the batter. I use a 4qt bowl (the largest bowl of this set).

Step by step photos to make the moistest banana breads. This recipe yields 2 breads, which is amazing!!! #bananabread

To check the doneness

Insert a long wooden skewer or a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the bread is done!

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You can also make this recipe into muffins too!

And if you’d rather make half a batch (just 1 loaf, or 12 muffins), follow my banana muffin recipe instead. It’s the same recipe, but for a half batch.

Storing Tip

Does banana bread need to be refrigerated?

Technically, you don’t have to refrigerate banana breads.

  • Cover the bread and keep it on the counter for 1-2 days.

However, I always put them in the fridge. Mostly to keep them out of sight, or they’ll be gone in matter of hours.

how to keep the banana bread moist

Make sure to cover it with plastic wrap or put it in an airtight container.

To serve, I microwave a slice for 30 seconds or so, and it’ll taste like fresh out of oven!

Can you freeze banana bread?

This bread also freezes well.

  • Wrap the cooled bread well in plastic and put it in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To thaw, transfer the bread into the fridge overnight.

My go-to banana bread recipe since 2013! This recipe makes two moistest and most flavorful banana breads with simple ingredients and just a wooden spoon! #bananabread

Banana Bread FAQs

How many bananas in a cup?

About 2 medium bananas make 1 cup of mashed bananas.

How long does banana bread last?

Banana bread can last up to 1 week in the refrigerator, or frozen for up to 3 months.

How ripe should bananas be for banana bread?

Bananas are ready for making a banana bread when they start to soften and small black dots start to appear.

Hope you’ll try this recipe soon. And please snap a photo and share it on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me @shineshka, so I can see it too!

Thank you!!

Watch Video: The BEST Banana Bread

This is the simplest and moistest banana bread - easy to make and yields 2 breads! #bananabread
4.95 from 158 votes

Best Banana Bread

My go-to banana bread recipe since 2013! This recipe makes two moistest and most flavorful banana breads with simple ingredients and just a wooden spoon!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Yields: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 8 frozen medium-to-large bananas Note 1
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1- 1 ½ cups (120-180 g) chopped pecans optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Peel and thaw frozen bananas in a microwave. Reserve all the juices and everything.
  • Prepare two 9×5-inch bread pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mash the thawed bananas with a fork or potato masher until mostly smooth.
  • Add sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Using a wooden spoon, mix everything until combined.
  • Then add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Optional, add chopped pecans and/or other add-ins, like chocolate chips, dried fruits.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans.
  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.
  • Keep the banana bread in the bread pan, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Tips & Notes

Note 1: About 3.5-4 cups of mashed bananas. Frozen bananas are key in this recipe for moistest and most flavorful banana bread. Do NOT discard juices from thawed banana, use everything to make the batter. Watch my video above on how I thaw my frozen bananas. It’s really quick and easy!
Note 2: You can also make this recipe into muffins. This recipe will make 24 muffins, or follow my banana muffin recipe for half a batch.
For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

Nutrition

Servings: 1 slice
Calories: 181kcal
Carbohydrates: 33.5g
Protein: 2.6g
Fat: 4.5g
Sugar: 17.4g
Sodium: 182.9mg
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American

This post was originally published on February 13th, 2013 and it was last updated on May 4th, 2020.

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374 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    I made this today and will have to change somethings when I make it again. It did come out moist but I don’t think I like the taste of the juice from the frozen bananas. This recipe is not as sweet and not sure if I prefer sweeter. I also almost made a complete disaster, as I started to put in the salt I realized I had used salted butter and needed to omit the salt but I had already started to put it in so I ended up with about 1/8-1/4 tsp. It’s a little salty but not terribly bad. Just remember if you use salted butter – don’t use salt!
    I used a glass and a metal pan so I set the timer for 45 minutes. They were perfect. I sprinkled brown sugar on top before baking and it gave them a nice crispy top.
    This Is a good recipe, I just messed up a bit.

  2. 5 stars
    My wife is my favorite baker, but sometimes I try my hand at something that looks good! We most always have frozen bananas on hand and I use them in my smoothies. Had (pieces) that looked to be about 2 bananas so I used them and cut your recipe in half, added some chopped nuts and blueberries. Absolutely delicious! To quote my wife, “It’s perfect!” Between the two of us it disappeared in 3 days. So, THANK YOU, Shinee.

  3. I made this today and it’s absolutely delicious! It’s the best banana bread I’ve ever made! I ate 2 slices as soon as it cooled off. I highly recommend giving it a try!

  4. 5 stars
    The best banana bread recipe ever. I did add my homemade granola and dark chocolate chips. Friends want more!!
    Thank you
    Mary

  5. 5 stars
    This is absolutely the best banana bread that I have ever had! Not too moist or too dry, and it browned perfectly without burning or having to tent with foil. I did add 2tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp cloves. It turned out so perfectly

  6. 5 stars
    This is my go to recipe. I am so glad I found it. It is the ONLY banana bread recipe that is moist enough and sweet enough to hide the fact that I sub in half of the flour with whole wheat flour…and my uber picky daughter still loves it.