Best Ever Banana Bread

Everyone begs me for this recipe! Is there anything like a loaf of sweet and comforting banana bread? This recipe is quick, foolproof and perfect with your morning coffee. Our family, friends and kids love warm, buttered slices of banana bread for breakfast. Mix in nuts, toffee bits, chocolate chips – anything you like!


Best Ever Banana Bread

Just looking at this banana bread conjures up all my warm and fuzzy feelings!

Enjoying a super moist, lightly sweet slice of banana bread with my morning coffee is the best feeling. When I don’t have the time for a sit down breakfast? Well, don’t mind if I do snag myself a slice of heaven on the go.

There is no bread I love to bake more, since this recipe is so quick and simple. It doesn’t hurt that the reactions to a fresh-out-of-the-oven loaf are always the cherry (banana?) on top!

If you’re looking for the perfect use for those brownish bananas, you’ve found it. We’ve been baking, gifting, devouring and LOVING the same recipe for years and years. There is a reason it is specially requested by everyone in my house, and is our go-to surprise package for cheering up friends and family. This bread has quick prep and only takes one hour to bake. Our family recipe makes 12 slices that melt in your mouth, reheats perfectly in your microwave, and those slice loves to soak up a pad of salted butter!

Let’s get you to the recipe, and start baking!

Ready to cook your own Banana Bread?

• Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. If desired, line the bottom and sides of the pan with strips of parchment paper – this helps easily lift out the loaf.

• In a large mixing bowl, stir sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in bananas, milk and vanilla.

• Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until well combined.

• Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake loaf for 60 to 70 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

• Set aside to cool slightly. Run a knife along edges of bread, lift onto a cutting board, and slice.

Keep reading for full ingredient list + recipe, below

How do I make Banana Bread muffins?

Divide batter evenly among greased muffin tins or liners. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-25 minutes.

What kind of mix-ins can I add to Banana Bread?

Add chopped nuts (such as pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts – anything goes!). Gently stir into the batter, just before pouring into your baking pan.

Or, add 1/2 cup (or so) of chocolate chips, toffee bits, coconut flakes, or chopped chocolate.

How do I store Banana Bread?

Banana bread will keep at room temperature for 3-5 days. I like to add slices to a resealable bag, with layers of parchment paper or wax paper in between slices. You can store banana bread in an airtight container on your countertop.

Can I freeze Banana Bread?

Yes! To freeze, allow bread to cool completely. Wrap in aluminum foil. Store wrapped bread in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw to room temperature before serving.

More ideas for leftover bananas:

• Banana Coffee Cake

• Pumpkin Banana Bread with Vanilla Glaze

• Toasted Coconut Banana Muffins

• Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Donut Holes

• Whole Wheat Peanut Butter-Banana Pancakes

More easy breakfast recipes:

• Bacon + Eggs Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

• Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

• Make Your Own Breakfast Board

• 4-Ingredient Cinnamon Twist Wreath

• Fluffiest Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes


I hope you enjoy this easy, quick and comforting banana bread recipe. Please feel free to leave a comment and a star rating. I would love to know if you serve this Best Ever Banana Bread for your family and friends! It truly is our favorite breakfast on a weekend morning.

Best Ever Banana Bread

Best Ever Banana Bread

Yield: Makes 1 loaf (12 servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. If desired, line the bottom and sides of the pan with strips of parchment paper - this helps easily lift out the loaf.

In a large mixing bowl, stir sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in bananas, milk and vanilla.

Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until well combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake loaf for 60 to 70 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

Set aside to cool slightly. Run a knife along edges of bread, lift onto a cutting board, and slice.

Serve and enjoy!

Notes

How do I make Banana Bread muffins?
Divide batter evenly among greased muffin tins or liners. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-25 minutes.

What kind of mix-ins can I add to Banana Bread?
Add chopped nuts (such as pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts - anything goes!). Gently stir into the batter, just before pouring into your baking pan. Or, add 1/2 cup (or so) of chocolate chips, toffee bits, coconut flakes, or chopped chocolate.

How do I store Banana Bread?
Banana bread will keep at room temperature for 3-5 days. I like to add slices to a resealable bag, with layers of parchment paper or wax paper in between slices. You can store banana bread in an airtight container on your countertop.

Can I freeze Banana Bread?
Yes! To freeze, allow bread to cool completely. Wrap in aluminum foil. Store wrapped bread in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw to room temperature before serving.


Adapted from Tastes Better from Scratch

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  1. 5 stars
    This is super moist and delicious! Best banana bread I’ve ever made.

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