Best Banana Bread Ever Recipe

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
I have tried so many banana bread recipes over the years and still go back to mom's vintage recipe, it's spot-on perfect.

Of course, mom always made everything by hand in one bowl no measuring, it took a while to get this right watching her in my younger years.

There were always a few tips she had that made the bread super delicious, sweet, with a tender texture and so many recipes fail unless you read her tips.

These are super easy to make with just a few steps and the smell will make your mouth water while these loaves bake.

Often we even use a mini muffin pan or made one loaf and a dozen muffins, the recipe makes usually two big loaves.

Occasionally she would even throw in some raisins, make a cinnamon swirl style bread or blueberries, so it's a basic versatile recipe as well.

We love this recipe and other quick bread and muffin recipes you may want to try our Best Muffins and Quick Bread Roundup there's something for everyone.

Scroll down to our recipe card for this easily printable banana bread recipe!


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Easy Steps

  1. Prepare loaf pans or muffin tins and preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, place in a bowl
  3. Get all the wet ingredients together in another bowl
  4. Make a well, add the wet ingredients to dry
  5. Fold into the mixture just until combined do not overwork the batter.
  6. Bake, cool, and enjoy!


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Ingredients You Will Need

  • flour
  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • egg
  • bananas
  • shortening 


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Other Additions

  1. chopped or diced fruits strawberry, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, pear, pineapple, mango, fig
  2. dried fruits like raisins, craisins, etc
  3. nuts of any kind(walnuts, macadamia, pistachio, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds are all best toasted first)
  4. coconut
  5. any kinds of chocolate chips
  6. shredded zucchini or carrots
  7. funfetti (the kids love the colors)


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Tips and Tools

  1. for a tender pastry do not overwork the batter
  2. mashed the bananas with a fork 
  3. always sift the dry ingredients
  4. any extracts can be used vanilla, orange, lemon, maple, almond anisette, or whatever else you love
  5. do not over bake
  6. spread with butter jam or jelly while warm
  7. these bread  loaves are great served with a hot beverage or cold glass of milk
  8. for a tender pastry do not overwork the batter mashed the bananas with a fork and mix with all the wet ingredients just fold in the dry ingredients
  9. always sift the dry ingredients any extracts can be used vanilla, orange, lemon, maple, almond anisette, or whatever other flavors you like
  10. keep loaves wrapped in plastic wrap and sealed ziplock bags in a cool dry place, banana bread dries out in the refrigerator.
  11. If you're a family of two, muffins are the way to go and freeze the rest as needed
  12. Tools You May Need: loaf pan, regular-sized muffin pan, or use a mini muffin pan, measuring cups, measuring spoons, knife, fork, flour sifter 



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This Banana Bread Recipe is the Best Ever!


This bread is so easy to make, taste great, and it's foolproof and will be the only recipe you'll ever need to try ever again


As I mentioned before you can even add whatever you like to the batter including extracts for a lemon banana bread or coconut, chocolate chips, just get creative, bananas go great with lots of different additions.


Either way, the bread is plain, filled, or recreated to your own flavors you love, we got you covered with mom's recipe.


We would love to hear your favorite mix-ins your family enjoys in this delicious banana bread batter in the comment box, we love new creative suggestions.


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American
Yield: 30 slices
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Best Banana Bread Recipe

Best Banana Bread Recipe

Prep time: 8 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 53 Min
I have tried so many recipes for banana bread but nothing compares to this recipe it's spot on delicious every time, moist, sweet, and addicting!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • In another bowl mix together well:
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups mashed banana's
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • optional: 1 cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Make a well with the flour, baking soda and pour the wet mixture into the dry and blend together evenly.
  2. Use a folding method and do not use a mixer.
  3. The batter will be lumpy.
  4. Pour into two well-greased loaf pans or make muffins.
  5. Bake at 350 for around 45 minutes for a loaf or 30 to 35 minutes or until brown and the middle is dry when tested with a toothpick.
  6. Variations: Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread...
  7. 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 sugar( add nuts optional)...mix together.
  8. Pour 1/2 the batter in a loaf top with sugar-cinnamon mixture and bake...
  9. other variations:
  10. Fold in mix-ins: chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts, proceed as above with the wet ingredients.
  11. This recipe also makes awesome muffins!
  12. See Tips in the Notes:

Notes

Tips

  1. for a tender pastry do not overwork the batter
  2. mashed the bananas with a fork and mix with all the wet ingredients just fold in the dry ingredients
  3. always sift the dry ingredients
  4. any extracts can be used vanilla, orange, lemon, maple, almond anisette, or whatever else you love
  5. do not over bake
  6. spread with butter jam or jelly while warm
  7. these bread loaves are great served with a hot beverage or cold glass of milk
  8. for a tender pastry do not overwork the batter mashed the bananas with a fork and mix with all the wet ingredients just fold in the dry ingredients
  9. always sift the dry ingredients any extracts can be used vanilla, orange, lemon, maple, almond anisette, or whatever other flavors you like
  10. keep loaves wrapped in plastic wrap and sealed ziplock bags in a cool dry place, banana bread dries out in the refrigerator.


Other Additions

  1. chopped or diced fruits strawberry, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, pear, pineapple, mango, fig
  2. dried fruits like raisins, craisins, etc
  3. nuts
  4. coconut
  5. any kinds of chocolate chips
  6. shredded zucchini
  7. Fold in mix-ins: proceed as above with the wet ingredients step.



Nutrition Facts

Calories

194.31

Fat (grams)

9.88

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.21

Carbs (grams)

24.63

Fiber (grams)

0.90

Net carbs

23.72

Sugar (grams)

14.54

Protein (grams)

2.61

Sodium (milligrams)

79.43

Cholesterol (grams)

28.63


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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2022.

33 comments

  1. You're making me crave bananas !!! Reminds me when I was a kid how every now and then my mommy would take me to Dairy Queen for a banana split and I'd get everything! I love those times and your banana bread just takes me back to those days! :D

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  2. About how many bananas are needed for 2 cups? around 4? It looks good.

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  3. Yes around four banana's and the ripe ones work the best.

    I made them this morning and used four very large banana's and they were extra ripe......

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  4. looks devine - this type of loaf cakes are my favorite ... I'm making this one, maybe in a bundt pan...

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  5. That looks like a great banana bread! Very moist looking, which is what I seem to have a problem with. Mine always comes out drier like a regular bread. I think it would be the shortening that you used to make it more moist and will have to remember that next time I make some :)

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  6. oh banana bread is one of my favs. If I make this I may just eat the entire loaf. I'll have to plan someone to share it with!

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  7. Your banana bread is the bomb! My kids used to eat two loafs in one day. And the banana split cake, ok I just gained ten pounds, thanks friend [big grin]

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  8. Great idea for a banana split cake! Love it!

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  9. This sounds like a great recipe. I love banana bread (and memories of DQ, though my favorite was the blizzard which was totally different from the one they sell today)and 4 bananas must make it really flavorful.

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  10. This is banama bread extraordinaire. I think you had too much fun creating this. It's been elevated from a sweet, home-baked modest bread to an elegant dessert.

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  11. I love banana bread and it's wonderful with nuts. I'd like to have a slice for my break with a cup of cold milk. Well done dear. Bye, hope you have a good week end

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  12. So tasty! Perfect for Royal Tea time :) I really like the cinnamon swirl. Well done!

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  13. Banana bread is the one I started baking with. So it has special place in my heart. this one looks addictive.

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  14. Now this banana bread is just what I needed. The first thing I noticed was the cinnamon swirl....what a great addition to banana bread!! I had gone through many attempts before I got the kind of results that I was looking for. I will bookmark this one to try next! It looks wonderful!

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  15. That banana split cake looks so whimsical! Banana cake [& bread] is a favorite of my family and friends so I make it quite often. My newest fav is Flour Bakery's recipe, I'm trying this one for sure and let you know what my testers think. I have played with nutella swirls, dulce de leche swirls, chocolate chips but have never added cinnamon to it. Thank you for this recipe, Claudia!

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  16. OHM Cluadia Banana bread is my all time favorite quick bread! And that banana split, well I don't know of a more beautiful, luscious combination than this one. Wish i had some banans ;-0

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  17. I've always disappointed myself with banan bread; I like what I've made, but I've never loved it. THis I could love! Thanks for sharing. On my list!

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  18. Is this the same as banana cake? I haven't tasted banana bread but looking at your pics, I will sure try one!

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  19. This is recipe is so good. I just made it this past weekend. I lost my recipe - I still can't believe it - and I found this one. Good news! It's DEE-licious.

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  20. This is just like the banana bread my aunt used to make for us. So good!

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  21. Wonderful banana bread. Looks absolutely delicious. I'm going to bake it this weekend. Interesting that you used shortening here. Can't wait to give this bread a try.

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  22. I love the idea of making this banana bread in muffin tins for an easy grab and go breakfast. This is perfect for hectic school mornings. My kids are going to love it!

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  23. I loved how fluffy this banana bread turned out! Thanks for such a delicious treat!

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  24. Oooh, your mom's banana bread looks like a winner. I didn't know my mom had a banana bread recipe until my cousins started raving about it, LOL. Thank goodness I have it now. It's a wonderful way to think of my mom while I bake :)

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  25. Sounds delish! You mention baking soda but I don't see a measurement for it? Also, do the sugars go with the wet ingredients it seems? Just checking.

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    1. thank you so much @Lisa DeRea I didn't catch that, there in NO Baking soda, it's just baking powder. Thanks so much for the message

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    2. Thank you, can't wait to try this! Sounds like what my Mom used to make. Like you I have tried a zillion different Banana Bread and cake recipes and am still searching, this could be the one!

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  26. @Lisa DeRea Frederiksen oh I hope this is it, mom's recipe as long as I can remember from the 60s or 70s. Do come back and let us know your results! Thanks again for catching that!

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  27. Looks delicious and sounds like a good recipe. I'm a fan of banana NUT bread so I would definitely add the nuts and maybe double them. Maybe I should call mine nut banana bread.

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  28. This Is a beautiful and Easy banana bread 😍I Need It for my breakfast this morning😋

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  29. I too also just baked a banana bread, but you can never have too many banana bread recipes. Gotta give your recipe a try too!

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  30. I love banana bread and this looks delicious. Thank you for this easy recipe. Will be trying this banana bread soon.

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