This Banana Bread is loaded with plenty of ripe bananas to give you lots of banana flavor in each bite!  You may also like my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and Beer Bread!


Loaf of Best Banana Bread Recipe

Best Banana Bread

Yes, this is the best banana bread because it is made with almost double the bananas in other recipes! Not only is this the best banana bread you will ever taste, but it also comes together easily without any fancy tools or equipment.

Inside of Banana Bread

Best Banana Bread Recipe

As I stated, there is no need for fancy equipment to get this bread made. Just get out a large mixing bowl and a spatula!

Cut Into Best Banana Bread

How to Make Banana Bread

Don’t be shy about using more than a few ripe bananas in this recipe. In fact, you could use up to six small bananas (and no, that is not too many)! To make the batter, it’s important that you DON’T overmix the batter. To get started, first, mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl. A fork works great for this.

  • Mix butter, sugar egg, and vanilla.
  • Add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt) and mix by hand until just incorporated.
  • Pour into a prepared 8×4 inch loaf pan. (Can also use a 9×5 inch loaf pan.)
  • Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out with crumbs but not wet batter.

Can Nuts be Added to this Recipe?

Absolutely! You can add 1 cup or up to 1 1/2 cups. The nuts should be folded in as the last step, right before adding to your prepared loaf pan.

Buttered Banana Bread on Plate

How to Store and Freeze Banana Bread

I prepare to store banana bread at room temperature for up to 3 days. You will want to put it into an airtight container or plastic bag and try to store it whole, not cut into slices.

To freeze banana bread, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and place it into an airtight container or freezer-safe sealable plastic bag. Be sure to label and date. Can be stored for several months.

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Perfect Banana Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
This perfect banana bread is loaded with lots of bananas to give it the most banana flavor in each bite!


  • cup (80 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 large ripe bananas, mashed (1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups)
  • ¾ cup (165g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups (186 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. (You can use up to 5 regular sized bananas or 6 small bananas in this recipe.)
  • Add butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until ingredients are JUST incorporated. (Be careful not to overmix.)
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. (Cover with aluminum foil if browning too quickly.)
  • Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with crumbs, but not wet batter.


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Reader Comments

  1. I made this yesterday, and it was delicious! It was half gone by the time the day was over. Super simple, but loaded with flavor!

  2. Great recipe! Every other banana bread recipe I have used leaves the bread gooey in the center and overcooked on the ends but this was perfect and delicious.

  3. Always the BEST recipes Amanda ! Going to add Walnuts & Dark Chocolate Chunks and see what happens ! Thanks for continuing to bless us with such goodness !

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