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This is the perfect Easy Banana Bread Recipe. This quick and easy banana bread recipe comes out moist and delicious with simple pantry ingredients.

Banana Bread on a cutting board sliced
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If you love our Cinnamon Swirl bread recipe, banana bread with applesauce, Oatmeal Banana Bread and our Applesauce Bread, I think you are going to love this easy quick bread recipe.

By the way – if you want a healthier version try our healthy banana bread recipe for new twist on the traditional banana bread. And if you like pumpkin, our recipe for Pumpkin Banana Bread is so delicious.

Why This Recipe Works

We love making this banana bread because if the rich banana flavor and amazing texture. We make it every Christmas for gifts and for our holiday dinners. You may even like Air Fryer Banana Bread, if you have an air fryer.

We have use this best banana bread recipe to make banana muffins for a delicious breakfast or an after school treat.

Ingredients

Banana Bread ingredients - bananas, flour, butter, egg, sugar, vanilla

Scroll to the bottom for the full list of ingredients and recipe in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Chocolate – Add a handful of chocolate chips when you add in the flour. I would add in ½ cup of chocolate chips to make chocolate chip banana bread.
  • Nuts – Add a handful of chopped nuts to this Easy Banana Bread batter if you like those. Walnuts are really delicious in banana bread. You can start about a ½ cup of chopped nuts in the batter.
  • Dried Fruit – You can try a variety of dried fruit to your banana bread recipe. Smaller dried fruit like dried cranberries, blueberries, and raisins work best.
    If you want to try larger dried fruit like peaches and pears, you will want to chop them first before mixing into the batter.
  • Spices – Warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice tend to be very compatible with many sweet quick breads including banana bread.
  • Brown Sugar – You can substitute brown sugar instead of the white sugar. I like to substitute ¼ cup brown sugar for a sweeter quick bread.

Everyone enjoys this Easy Banana Bread Recipe plain but adding in something else just makes it even more special.

How to Make Banana Bread

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 5×9 loaf pan with cooking spray.

Mashing bananas in a bowl with bowls of flour, sugar, egg, and salt on the side

Step 2 – Peel the bananas. (these can be from the freezer, just thaw first) Mash the bananas with a hand mixer or a spoon.

Mixing the butter, eggs, vanilla, sugar, salt in a bowl with a bowl of flour on the side

Step 3 – Stir in melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract, sugar,  and salt. Stir sugar egg mixture well.

Flour added to the banana mixture in a bowl

Step 4 – Add all purpose flour, baking soda and stir dry ingredients well in large bowl. 

Banana Bread batter spread into the loaf pan

Step 5 – Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake.

Step 6 – Cook for 60 minutes. Use a toothpick inserted after 50 minutes into the center to make sure it comes out clean. 

Step 7 – Let cool on a wire cooling rack before removing from pan. Set aside to cool completely.

Fastest Way to Mash Bananas

Did you know you can use your electric hand mixer to mash up the bananas. Yes, you can use a spoon, but the electric mixer is a faster method. It will also allow you to have a smoother and more moist bread.

Baked banana bread in a loaf pan

Substitutions for a Healthy Banana Bread

  • Replace sugar with honey.
  • Use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Reduce the sugar to ½ cup when using very ripe bananas
  • Replace the egg with ¼ cup of applesauce

How Long Do You Leave Bread in the Pan after Baking?

Cool in pan about 10 minutes before taking out of the pan. Note this can vary based on different types of pans.

The bread will need to be room temperature. Let the bread cool completely.

Banana Bread on a cutting board sliced

How Do You Keep Banana Bread Moist?

The best way to keep banana bread moist for days is to wrap it tightly. Once your bread is baked and cooled, I recommend wrapping tightly in plastic wrap. 

Stored this way on the counter, your bread will stay moist up to 3 days.  If you’d like, you can store the bread wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

However, this recipe never lasts long in my house. I’m lucky if I can get it to last one day. The entire family fights over the last slice.

Banana bread sliced with the first topped with butter

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Freeze Banana Bread

You can wrap it in layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil to freeze the entire loaf. You may also place the entire loaf in a freezer bag. Freezing individual slices is also an option to be able to quickly take out for breakfast or snacks. Simply place the slices on a cookie sheet. Place in the freezer until frozen. Then place the sliced in a freezer bag until ready to use. Now you can quickly thaw the sliced in the microwave or in the toaster.
Simply thaw on the counter when you are ready to eat. See Can you Freeze Banana Bread for more tips.

How to Store Leftover Banana Bread

Store the leftover banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also leave on a serving platter covered with plastic wrap to enjoy for up to 3-4 days.

How to Ripen Bananas

If you have bananas that are too green, there are a few things you can do to help them ripen faster. Place them in a brown paper bag and this will help the banana to get ripe. If you want to speed it up even more, place an apple in the bag with them. This will further speed up the process.
You can also ripen bananas in the oven. Place the bananas, with the peels on, on a lined cookie sheet. Place in a 300 degree preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the peels are completely black. Once finished, allow them to cool and they are ready to use.

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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You’re going to love this Easy banana bread recipe.It’s such a Moist banana bread recipe. Homemade banana bread is delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Calories 219

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 5×9 loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Peel the bananas. (these can be from the freezer, just thaw first) Mash the bananas.
  • Stir in melted butter, egg, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Stir well.
  • Add flour and stir well. Pour into baking pan.
  • Cook for 1 hour. Let cool on a rack before removing from pan.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving 6ounces, Calories 219kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 2g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 32mg, Sodium 228mg, Potassium 152mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 19g, Vitamin A 235IU, Vitamin C 3.1mg, Calcium 9mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you loved it!

  2. DONNALEE says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night and I impressed myself. Perfect texture, beautiful colour, delicious taste! This was my first time making banana bread. Thank you so much!

  3. Talitha says:

    4 stars
    This recipe was so easy and it tasted great.

  4. DeAnna says:

    5 stars
    Very moist and delicious. I used a half cup of sugar and a half cup of dark brown sugar as you suggested and I think it added extra depth.

  5. Andy says:

    Great recipe Family and friends loved it!

  6. Funnygurl628 says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this so many times now and it’s perfect every time. I always add mini chocolate chips to mine and make it as muffins to cut down in the baking time. ????

  7. Gerri coblentz says:

    5 stars
    Fantastic

  8. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you love it! It is one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall.

  9. Jenn T says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this banana bread about a dozen times and every time it’s perfection! Thank you!

  10. Carrie Barnard says:

    Thanks so much for taking time to comment@

  11. Carol says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this super recipe. This is my third time making it in the past 2 months. Just popped another loaf into the oven a few minutes ago.

  12. Carrie Barnard says:

    So glad you loved it!

  13. Aeil says:

    5 stars
    Banana bread is awesome
    I’ll add pecans next time

  14. Sher Ross says:

    One word……..Excellent!!!! I made it for the first time this morning and it just doesn’t get any easier than this! Three loaves, one for my husband’s hunting trip this weekend and two for home for our family and company!
    A HUGE Win-Win!!! Thank you so much, ladies!!!!

  15. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you loved it!

  16. Rosalba says:

    5 stars
    Sooo easy to follow, delicious too!!! WINNER!!!

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