Super moist, EASY, and delicious, this is the Best Banana Bread recipe ever! It's our favorite way to use up overripe bananas and it freezes really well too! I've even got a video in the recipe card showing you how I make it!

If you have lots of overripe bananas, this bread is a winner! Or try our delicious Banana Bars with Penuche Frosting. Some of our other favorite banana recipes are Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie and Homemade Banana Pudding!

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My family goes in spurts of eating so many bananas that I'm always having to go to the store for more, or completely ignoring them so I end up with a bunch of overripe, spotted bananas sitting on the counter. When that happens, the first thing I think to make is homemade banana bread! 

This happens more often that I would like to admit, so sometimes we switch things up with coconut lime glazed banana bread or by adding walnuts and making banana nut muffins. But this easy banana bread recipe is definitely my go-to when I'm up to my eyeballs in bananas that I don't want to go to waste. 

Banana bread is as delicious as it smells and this easy banana bread recipe will have your tastebuds salivating while it’s still baking in the oven. A slice of moist, warm banana bread fresh from the oven with a little butter on makes a great snack, breakfast food, or treat.

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An image of a plate of sliced banana walnut bread.

How to make banana bread

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray and lightly dusting it with flour. This will help your loaf to not stick to the pan when baking. You can also use Baker’s Joy (affiliate link) cooking spray, it has flour built-in, saving you one step and a little mess.
  2. In a large bowl, combine your melted butter and mashed bananas using a large wooden spoon.An image of overripe bananas in a bowl. An image of mashed bananas and melted butter in a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in your sugar, eggs, vanilla.
  4. Over the top of your batter, sprinkle the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and flour, then stir to combine.
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  6. Add in nuts or chocolate chips last, stirring just until there are no more dry spots of flour and everything is well combined.
  7. Pour your batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with more walnuts or a little sugar if you want a sweeter crust. 
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick, comes out clean and then remove from oven.
  9. Allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from loaf pan and transferring to a cooling rack. 
  10. Best served warm or enjoy at room temperature.
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How ripe should bananas be for banana bread?

The best banana bread is made with overly ripe bananas. You can tell bananas are overripe when they turn deep yellow and get brown giraffe spots all over them. Even almost completely black bananas are still good for banana bread. My family can handle eating fresh bananas with just a few spots, but once they start looking like this, I know nobody is going to touch them.

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Bananas ripen and darken as the sugars inside of the flesh begin to break down, making the banana sweeter in the process. So the riper the banana you use, the sweeter the banana bread becomes.

You can speed up the banana ripening process by placing several bananas and an apple inside of a brown paper bag, closing the top and letting them sit on the counter for a day or two. The gases released will speed up the banana ripening process using this method.

Or if you don't already happen to have ripe bananas on hand and can’t wait for your underripe (or perfectly ripe, depending on your point of view) bananas to ripen fully, you can help the process along by sticking the bananas in the oven for a little bit. Just place them whole (with peel intact) on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes, then cool, peel, and use in this banana bread recipe as normal. 

How to store banana bread?

Store your banana bread in a ziploc bag or in another airtight container on the counter for a few days. Refrigerating it will help it last a day or two longer. But after about 5 days banana bread starts tasting stale, even if it has been wrapped tightly or kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can you freeze banana bread?

Yes! You can freeze banana bread! You can either slice it first and freeze the slices individually so you can easily enjoy banana bread whenever you want, or you can freeze entire loaves for later consumption.

Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes I am left with bunches of overripe bananas, so I will double or triple this recipe and make multiple loaves at a time. Sometimes I give them to friends, but often I will just set some aside in the freezer for later. 

To freeze a loaf of banana bread, let it cool completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container or freezer-safe ziploc bag, then stick it in your freezer. That's it!

To freeze individual slices of banana bread (something I like to do because it makes it easy to stick into school lunches or give the kids for breakfast on busy days), lay individual slices flat on a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for 1-2 hours, then transfer to a freezer-safe ziploc bag and stick them back in the freezer.

For best quality, enjoy it within 2 to 3 months, although honestly I've dug a loaf out of the freezer 6 months down the road and it's still pretty darn good.

An image of a loaf of fresh, moist banana bread on a cutting board.

How do you keep banana bread moist?

With this moist banana bread recipe, you shouldn’t have to worry about your loaf coming out dry unless you overbake it. If that happens, you can cut off a few slices and warm them in the microwave with a damp paper towel to help steam them back to freshness.

You can also prevent your easy banana bread from going dry during storage by keeping it sealed in an airtight container.

But generally speaking, the amount of bananas in the recipe will help keep the banana bread nice and moist for days!

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Best Easy Banana Bread Recipe

4.87 from 269 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Super moist, EASY, and delicious, this is the Best Banana Bread recipe ever! It’s our favorite way to use up overripe bananas and it freezes really well too!

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed
  • cup butter melted
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts plus extra for topping if desired

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour an 8.5x4.5-inch loaf pan or spray with baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the melted butter, then add the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Stir well with a large wooden spoon.
  • Sprinkle the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt over the banana mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Add flour and walnuts or chocolate chips (if desired), and stir just until no streaks of flour remain. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Slice into 10 thick slices and serve.

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Notes

If your bread pans are larger or smaller than mine, your bake time might be on the shorter or longer side, respectively.
This banana bread recipe can also be made as muffins. Just divide between the cups of a muffin tin and bake for 20-24 minutes until muffins are done and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. My fiancé and I agree this is the best banana bread I've ever made. What makes it even better is how simple it is and only having to use one bowl! Thank you so much for the recipe. I'm making it for the second time right now and it smells amazing.

  2. I made this tonight , And let me say yummm! I made the recipe as is but added whole raspberries in the middle. So so good but the rasberries are a little sour, (which i really love about them) so may not be for everyone. I dont normally leave comments but had to because it was that good 🙂 

  3. I made this for April’s quick bread challenge. It was an easy recipe to make and so yummy! We added chocolate chips! 

  4. This recipe turned out Wonderfully Delicious. I added blueberries and it was a Big hit in my house. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. 

  5. Please how do you incorporate the banana skin in the batter so its less chewy after its cooked? My wife really didn't like it but she loves the one we buy in store.

    1. Hi Keuvin! I'm sorry if the instructions weren't clear, but you need to peel the bananas first and discard the peels rather than adding them to the banana bread batter.

  6. Best banana bread I have ever made. I've made it several times. Very easy to put together. I have one good hand, and I get the batter mixed perfectly. Thank you for the recipe. My next challenge is to make a banana cake. Any suggestions for a recipe would be much appreciated.

    1. I'm so glad to hear it was so well received! I don't have a banana layer cake, but these banana bars are basically like a banana sheet cake and they are super tasty if it looks like something you might enjoy!

    2. My favourite banana bread recipe! I double it to make a loaf and add chocolate chips to half for muffins! Everyone loves it!

  7. I have used this recipe at least 10 times in the last year…truly so easy and delicious. Thank you!

  8. Delicious recipe
    I do mostly brown sugar instead of all white sugar. And add cinnamon. 

    I do wish you had a “jump to recipe” button. It takes quite a while to get to the ingredients list. 

    1. I'm sorry about that Alli! I actually have had a jump to recipe button for years but am in the process of a technical change on the backend of my site. They will be back up by next week!

  9. 5 stars
    I loved this banana bread and I have tried quite a few recipes but yours has something special. Maybe it's the baking powder which most recipes don't have. Anyway it tastes wonderful!

  10. 5 stars
    One more great recipe looks so delicious, my entire family loved it, I will definitely try your recipe, looks seem easy to make. Five stars for you and thanks so much for this guide.

  11. 5 stars
    I make a vegan version of this at least once a month and EVERYONE loves it!! Substitute dairy free yogurt for egg and I use dairy free butter. It’s amazing. THANK U FOR THIS SUPER SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPE!!

  12. This bread was awesome! I made 4 mini loafs w 8 bananas (doubled the recipe). I like vanilla and cinnamon so added a little extra of each. Cooked for 40 min and they came out moist and soft.

    1. I don't see why not! I haven't tried it, but I think that would work just fine. It's a really versatile banana bread recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    This really is the best banana bread recipe, it comes out perfectly each time and by now I can make it almost by memory. I do check it around 45 minutes with a wooden toothpick just to make sure I don't overcook it. Simple to make and really as good as mom's recipe.

  14. 5 stars
    Absolute best Banana bread ever and easy - also I used pecans and dark chocolate chips. The only problem is that I just made it this afternoon and it is half gone.
    Looking forward to making this again I might make it my Christmas give away to neighbours and family.

  15. 5 stars
    Been making this banana bread for the past two years. Tried a lot of other recipes in between but keep coming back to this one. It’s honestly the BEST no-fail, classic, perfectly moist and simplest banana bread recipe I have ever made.

    Every once in awhile I’ll tweak it here and there by adding in some walnuts or chocolate chips, or a little bit of maple syrup, substituting with brown sugar or even a dollop of sour cream… no matter what it still turns out perfect. Although the recipe is perfect as is, love that it adapts well to whatever I have on hand or add in. Hands down a recipe everyone should have saved.

  16. 5 stars
    This was the best banana bread recipe I have ever made. It was easy, quick, and had the perfect texture and flavor. It's definitely a keeper!

  17. 5 stars
    Everyone I’ve shared this bread with has loved it. I have found that I’d your bananas are ripe but you’re not ready to bake, I throw them in the freezer. The skin turns black, but I think it makes the banana bread even moister. If using the very small pans, it take about 25 minutes to bake

  18. 5 stars
    I make this recipe into muffins, so easy, so delicious. One bowl! (I do cut the sugar down to a little less than half a cup) I use silicon muffin cups and they just pop out.

  19. 5 stars
    Made this recipe exactly as written, using 4 bananas and the extra nuts for topping. It was easy and turned out perfectly moist and oh so yummy. Definitely a keeper!

  20. 5 stars
    This banana bread was so easy! My husband and I loved it with pecans. Will definitely make it again and again! Thank you so much!

  21. 5 stars
    Came out great!! Added pecans & extra cinnamon, love cinnamon. Shared it & everyone enjoyed it. Keeping this recipe.

    Thanks!!

  22. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Don’t tell anyone but it’s better than my Mom’s…..and hers is fabulous! Added 1/2 tsp nutmeg and used pecans instead of walnuts. I’ve made it 3 times now and my husband keeps asking me to make it again!

  23. Just made this banana bread this afternoon.
    Grandkids gobbled it up warm after school.
    It wasn’t until a couple hours later that I found the 1/3c butter in the microwave 🤣😂.
    If it was that good without the butter I can only imagine how good it will be when I make it and include all the ingredients lol

    Thanks Amy, for the yummy recipe.

  24. 4 stars
    I have made this twice, once each in 2 different ovens. I used an oven thermometer to make sure they were accurate. I did not change any ingredients. I thought the first loaf was dry, so I tried it again and took it out sooner. Honestly I thought it wasn’t done in the middle. But it was done and still dry! I don’t know what else to do. It has a good taste, but it is not moist. I love the ease of the recipe, but probably won’t try it again unless someone has a suggestion as to how to correct the dryness.

  25. 5 stars
    Everyone loves this recipe. I make it in three small loaf pans so I can give away or put in the freezer

  26. Aunt Betty's 70 year old banana bread recipe was retired after 50 years of using it!!!!
    This banana bread recipe is my new go-to..
    Easy & delicious....
    You can definitely teach a 70 plus gal some new tricks!!

  27. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Super easy and delicious! Everyone loved it!! Will definitely be making it again!

  28. Hi all! I really was happy with this moist & flavorful recipe! I used 1/2 cup unsalted butter and before baking added cinnamon sugar right on top. It made a nice topping and there was a crust on the bottom that was so delightful!

  29. 5 stars
    I love this banana bread. Thanks so much. Oh, and my favorite is walnuts😁 I started making this when the world stopped. I used to throw my bananas away but when we went on lockdown, I didn’t throw anything away. I was always afraid to bake. Thanks for making it easy.

  30. This is by far the best recipe I've ever used for banana bread. Every time I make the bread, I get so many compliments. It's my husband's favorite. I did away with the other recipes I had for banana bread. 🙂

  31. 5 stars
    I made 6 loaves of this to feed the college cross country team and it was a HUGE hit!! It got more compliments than any other part of the meal. Thanks for the recipe!!

  32. this easy and delish! I added a cup of chocolate chips at the end of mixing....this recipe is staying in the rotation...

  33. Thank you for the recipe, I added yellow raisins, and they are very very yummy 😋 again, Thank you for sharing this recipe .