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 of 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.

Next, add the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix these ingredients well. Then, add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until the ingredients are JUST incorporated. This ended up being about 15 turns with the spatula. Not over-mixing the ingredients allows this bread to bake up beautifully and create the perfect texture!

Finally, pour the batter into a greased 8×4-inch loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350°F. If you notice the bread starting to brown, cover it with aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out with dry crumbs (but not wet batter).

Buttered Banana Bread on Plate

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Perfect Banana Bread

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


  • 1/3 cup (80g) butter, melted
  • 4 large ripe bananas, mashed (1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups)
  • 3/4 cup (165g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups (186g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8x4-inch loaf pan by spraying with nonstick 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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Huge congratulations, Amanda – what great news!
    (and how brave your husband is to say he prefers another woman’s banana bread lol!)

  2. Amanda! CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so excited! no one could deserve this more- what a wonderful gift to share with everyone 🙂 Can’t wait to see how the process goes.
    In the mean time, I am ready to make this delicious looking banana bread!!

  3. That’s great! I haven’t been following you for very long (obviously my mistake), but SERIOUSLY you have 4 kids AND do all this? Wow. Maybe your new book can include a nice chapter on time management…

  4. Congratulations Amanda. That’s the best news ever. Your creations certainly deserve to be in print 🙂

  5. HOLY COW!!! 15 years ago I would have said, “you mean Amanda, the Amanda we know from the Turf is doing what? I didn’t even know she could read?!” Just kidding about the reading part 😉 You will do fabulous hon! You have gone so far in you life!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS! I just came across your blog a couple of weeks ago and put it into my favorites right away. Your creations are so WOW!
    I look forward to your book.

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