Banana Bread

filed under: Bread on September 30, 2011

This Banana Bread recipe has been around forever and there is a reason, it’s just plain good. No muss, no fuss, just simple ingredients, and fantastic flavor! You may also like my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and Beer Bread!

Best Banana Bread

Best Banana Bread

I have another Banana Bread recipe on this blog.  It’s perfect and amazing and I have made it no less than fifty times. My dear hubby brought some other woman’s banana bread home from work.  And then he said… get this…

“I like this better.”

I Faint.

I Sob.

I Throw myself on the floor in a fit of justified hysteria.

And then I decided to see if I could replicate it. Cause he was right, it was fabulous.


I found a recipe that was a bit different, tweaked it a bit, and boy am I happy.

It’s amazing.  Delicious.  Moist. Full of wonderful banana flavor.  I would never have known this banana bread bliss had another woman’s baked goods not threatened to capture my hubbies heart.


5 from 1 vote
Banana Bread
Perfect Banana Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
46 mins
Total Time
56 mins

Grandma's recipe stands the test of time!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾   cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½   tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare chosen pan.
  2. Blend together the eggs, yogurt, oil, extract and bananas in mixer with low speed.
  3. Add in sugars and fully incorporate.
  4. Then add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. I have doubled this recipe with great success.(Be sure to start checking your banana bread at 45 minutes.  I have had it be done in 50 minutes or heard that it can take as much as 75 minutes.  It just depends on the accuracy of your oven.)


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  • Anna says:

    Congratulations!! I am a quiet lover of your blog, but I had to tell you that I would have very much the same reaction as you if my husband chose another woman’s baking over mine…and then proceed to replicate it and send it along to work with a large batch of jumbo chocolate chip cookies. Bring it ON.

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    Congratulations!! I am a quiet lover of your blog, but I had to tell you that I would have very much the same reaction as you if my husband chose another woman’s baking over mine…and then proceed to replicate it and send it along to work with a large batch of jumbo chocolate chip cookies. Bring it ON.

  • Donna Young says:

    Congratulations, Amanda! It is really awesome news and I can’t to see your book to print!!!

  • Amy's blah, blah, blogging says:

    Amanda, I’ve been out of blog land for awhile so I totally missed this post. Congratulations! I am so very happy for you. I think you will make one wonderful author, what fun! And oh, I am so going to have to try this banana bread, sounds delish!

  • anna says:

    hi amanda, my favorite and old standby cookbook is the better homes and garden. second favorite is any of the taste of home cookbooks. they are all easy to make and stuff you have on hand and ALWAYS, come come perfect, even for a beginner like me. love your site, SO glad i found you!

  • Emily Colletta says:

    My favorite cookbook is the Moosewood cookbook.

  • Janis says:

    yay for a book! 🙂 I can’t wait to add it to my shelf of books. I will share with all my friends and say “I know her!!!!” lol

    Congrats! 🙂

  • Samantha Johnson says:

    My all-time favorite cook is the small paperback one from Betty Crocker. I’ve had it since I was a teenager and made so many dishes through its instruction. It is falling apart now but I still have it and plan to hold on to it 🙂

  • Denise Heesch says:

    Amanda, my computer crashed about 5 weeks ago, and we had a grand daughter born July 30 who came home for the first time on halloween so I have missed you and your blog and your news.

    I was just telling my mother in law and my niece about your blog on sunday, and here I am on tuesday feeling guilty I had been gone so long and missed your great news. So congratulations, and I can’t wait for your book.

  • Kristine M says:

    My favorite cookbook? Well, it would have to be the red checkered one, and the faded Joy of Cooking – both received when I got married 27 yrs ago.
    What have I made something from most recently? That would have to be your website. I love making pretty, delicious things, and you are an unending source of inspiration!

  • Lori says:

    Many happy wishes your way. The blog to book phenomenon is so fun to watch. I’ve only been around for a couple of months and love it here. I still haven’t done my banana bread side by side comparison- and now it looks like I’ll add one more. 😉

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    I am so excited to see what you’re working so hard on – I just know it’s going to be awesome, beautiful, and inspiring. And to have your cookbook in my hands, in my kitchen…how much fun is that gonna be?!?! WoOoHoOo!!!!!

  • Jeani says:

    what a great looking cake..can’t wait to try do great work..keep it up

  • Julie says:

    The cake doctor cupcake book has given me so many ideas to make into my own recipes!

  • Amy W says:

    I use the old standard Betty Crocker most often! 🙂 But love all my new ones too!

  • Tori Locke says:

    My favorite cookbook would have to be my grandmother’s old Betty Crocker. 🙂

  • Sue Bryant says:

    After my hubby and I retired, we became missionaries to people living in poverty. They love my baking! And because I’d love a Kindle, I have to say the author who started me on the baking is Marjorie Standish, with her cookbook entitles, “More Cooking Down East”!

  • Ivy Lee says:

    My Favorite Cookbook is the julia Child’s cookbook…. HEAVEN!

  • Kristen says:

    I love the Ferraras Family Favorites cookbook… it’s a family cookbook from my ex-husbands family and is full of amazing Italian recipes!

  • betty says:

    congrats on the book and also this sounds fabulous

  • Lauren says:

    Could you use greek vanilla yogurt? Or is regular vanilla yogurt best? Thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      I am sure Greek would be fine! 🙂

  • Donna says:

    Hi Amanda, I am obsessed with this recipe! I have made it many, many times and it is PERFECT every single time. Thank you so much for sharing this. Have you ever made muffins with this recipe? A few time I have used a bit of batter and made muffins, only to have them sink in the middle. Thank you very much for your time and I love your new book 🙂

  • Rene says:

    This recipe is AMAZING! Everyone who has tried it loves it!

  • Elizabeth says:

    This Banana bread is DELICIOUS. I doubled the recipe and it came out beautifully. I baked it for 70 minutes, might try 65 next time without opening the oven every 5 minutes. This is the second recipe of your that I’ve tried and both are superb!
    I am so happy to have run across your site. Thank you for making my life more delicious.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thrilled to hear it Elizabeth!