Banana Bread


Banana Bread! After making many many loaves over the years, I’d have to say this is the best Banana Bread Recipe! It’s easy, so tender, perfectly moist, it’s packed with banana flavor and it has a delicious richness from the sour cream and butter.

It’s a recipe you’ll use time and time again, everyone always loves it!

A loaf of homemade banana bread on a white plate

Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread has been one of my favorite treats since I was a kid, so after 30 years I hope by now I could have perfected it :). My easy banana bread recipe uses staple ingredients that I always keep on hand, so when those bananas turn from vibrantly yellow to golden and well speckled you’ll know exactly what to make with them.

This really is one of the easiest baking recipes. You don’t even need a mixer. Just back to basics with a few bowls, a spatula and a whisk. The hardest part is just waiting for it to bake and cool. That smell of a loaf of fresh banana bread is heavenly.

Every time I make this ultra moist banana bread we polish it off in no time. There’s just something so comforting about a loaf of homemade banana bread. I think it takes us all back home because we all ate it growing up. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Banana Bread Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Bananas
  • Sour cream (or more bananas if you’re out)
  • Vanilla

In other words, ingredients you likely have in your kitchen right this minute so you may as well make a loaf now, right?

homemade banana bread ingredients on a gray surface

How to Make Banana Bread

Mash bananas to a nearly smooth puree.

well mashed bananas for banana bread on a plate

Whisk together dry ingredients and make a large well in the center.

whisk dry ingredients for banana bread in a glass bowl

In a separate bowl whisk together sugar and melted butter.

butter and sugar mixture for banana bread in a bowl

Add eggs to sugar mixture and whisk to blend.

eggs in banana bread mixture in a glass bowl

Then add in bananas, sour cream and vanilla and whisk to combined.

bananas vanilla and sour cream for banana bread in a bowl

Pour wet mixture into well in dry mixture then fold with a rubber spatula to combined.

wet ingredients and dry ingredients being incorporated for banana bread

Pour into loaf pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 55 minutes.

banana bread mixture poured into loaf pan

Let cool and then cut into slices.

loaf of moist banana bread on cooling rack

Can I Add Nuts or Chocolate Chip?

Want to make this recipe into banana nut bread? Simply add in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of chopped nuts (I recommend walnuts or pecans) and add them when you mix in the bananas. Then, be sure to use a 9 by 5-inch pan as the batter will have more volume.

Do you love chocolate chips in your banana bread? Then just mix in 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips for a bit of added decadence.

How to Store Banana Bread

Banana bread can be kept on your counter for a few days. You can also wrap a loaf in plastic wrap and foil and freeze it for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat the frozen banana bread, simply set it in the fridge to thaw completely.

homemade banana bread cut into slices on a large plate

More Banana Bread Ideas

Do you like a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating on top of your banana bread? Then after pouring and spreading the batter into the loaf pan, sprinkle top evenly with a mixture of 1 1/2 Tbsp raw sugar and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. It gives it that special bakery-style touch.

Then also note that you can adjust the sugar here a bit to suite your personal preference. I use 3/4 cup to 1 cup.

individual slice of banana bread on small plate

Tips for the Best Banana Bread

  • Be sure to use very well ripened spotted bananas though, because they offer the best flavor and sweetness.
  • In a pinch, if you don’t have sour cream just add 1/4 cup more mashed banana.
  • If you only have salted butter on hand, reduce salt in recipe to 1/4 tsp.

three slices of homemade banana bread on three black plates

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Banana Bread

4.91 from 30 votes

This is the best banana bread recipe! Quick and easy to make and no mixer is required. It's perfectly moist and amazingly tender, it's buttery and brimming with banana flavor. Simply put, everyone will have a hard time stopping at just one slice!

Servings: 14 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 2/3 cups (236g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 Tbsp (113g) unsalted butter, melted*
  • 3/4 cup (160g) granulated sugar*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups (325g) well mashed overripe bananas (about 3 1/2 medium bananas, be sure to measure)
  • 1/4 cup (63g) sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 by 5-inch or  8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.

  2.  In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture, set aside. 

  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl whisk together melted butter and granulated sugar. 

  4. Whisk in eggs, then whisk in bananas, sour cream and vanilla. 

  5. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and fold with a rubber spatula just until combined (you shouldn't see any more streaks of flour). Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out free of batter (a moist crumb or two is fine but top should be set), about 50 - 58 minutes. 

  7. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Run knife around edges to loosen then invert onto a wire rack.

  8. Let cool on wire rack about 30 minutes then transfer to an airtight container to finish cooling. Store at room temperature or refrigerate for longer shelf life.

Recipe Notes

  • *You can adjust the sweetness to suite your taste. I prefer 3/4 cup sugar but if you like it really sweet use 1 cup, if you like it lightly sweetened use 1/2 cup.
  • Be sure to use very well ripened spotted bananas though, because they offer the best flavor and sweetness.
  • In a pinch, if you don't have sour cream just add 1/4 cup more mashed banana.
  • If you only have salted butter on hand, reduce salt in recipe to 1/4 tsp.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Potassium 143mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.5%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Banana Bread
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Mrs.Campbell: Is one of my favorite recipes I love it and my family too March 12, 2019 at 2:19am Reply

  • Héctor: Hi, it’s a great way yo create a perfect banana bread, I love It!!

    If I don’t have baking soda, what can I use?

    Thank you for the recipy!! March 7, 2019 at 9:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’d probably be okay to add another 1 1/2 tsp baking powder here. Hope you enjoy! March 7, 2019 at 12:20pm Reply

  • Destiny: Emergency! I have no butter! What can I use instead? February 20, 2019 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Coconut oil would be a good substitute. February 20, 2019 at 4:25pm Reply

  • Nada: Can I use yoghurt instead of sour cream ? February 16, 2019 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes. February 16, 2019 at 4:27pm Reply

      • Nada: Thanks for the quick reply ! :-) February 16, 2019 at 6:30pm Reply

      • Nada: Thank you for the quick reply ! :-) February 16, 2019 at 6:39pm Reply

  • Rachel: If I wanted to add chocolate chips to this recipe does anyone have a suggested amount? February 3, 2019 at 7:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: 3/4 cup. March 5, 2019 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Angela Elliott: I love this recipe! I moved and now have a countertop oven and cant get it down. 2 batches in trash. 1st the top burned. 2nd the inside was gooey. Any tips on how to adjust temp/time with a countertop oven? Also can this be made into muffins? November 14, 2018 at 8:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m sorry I’ve never baked in a countertop oven so I can’t say for sure what adjustments could be made. And yes this should work well as muffins. November 14, 2018 at 9:04am Reply


  • Xandra Herrera: Hi, I would like to know how many more bananas to add if I don’t have sour cream? October 25, 2018 at 11:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Another 1/4 cup. October 25, 2018 at 11:43am Reply

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