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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe: It’s the secret ingredient that makes this banana bread so moist and so delicious. It’s easy, quick, and an addictive recipe you’ll make over and over. 

As I was walking towards my trash can with 3 really ripe bananas the other day, I stopped in my tracks and realized that I could put those nasty looking things to some good use!

Banana bread!

Fantabulous Banana Bread

Photos Updated: November 2018!

Ok, so I knew I wanted to find an easy banana bread recipe because my toddler was sitting at the table coloring (which only lasts minutes), and my newborn was due to eat in like 30 minutes.

I began scouring the internet for an “Easy Banana Bread Recipe,” and found a few on Pinterest, and combined them to make it more to my liking! And WOAH, did it ever turn out delicious!


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How to Bake Banana Bread in Mini Loaf Pans

The first time I made this, I knew I had the CUTEST little mini loaf baking pan that I wanted to use, so I had to adjust the baking time a little, rather than what the original recipe called for. (I wasn’t sure how long to bake them, so I just started checking the middle after about 20 minutes of baking, and removed them when a toothpick inserted into the middle came out clean. Keep in mind, all mini loaf pans and paper pans, are not the same size, so time will differ for you too!)

How to Bake Banana Bread in Regular Loaf Pans

My oven cooks SUPER fast, so I had to be cautious when it came to baking this banana bread. So where I had to bake my banana bread in regular size loaf pans for 40 minutes, it may take anywhere from 40-55 minutes for your oven.

Periodically check with a toothpick until the center comes out clean after about 40 minutes.

SIDE NOTE: Since I used two different pans, they both cooked differently too. One pan was much thinner than the other, so that loaf of bread finished before the other.

Easy Banana Bread

Start with RIPE Bananas

I’m not going to lie. When I see at least 3 bananas on my counter that are starting to turn a little brown, I get a little too excited.

I despise eating bananas by themselves. But turn them into banana bread, and you can’t keep me out of it.

For this recipe, start with ripe bananas.

Don’t worry… if you need to make it NOW, and the store only had underripe bananas… it’s ok. I’ve been impatient before and still make it. It turned out just fine! 

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How to Make Moist Banana Bread with this Secret Ingredient

I truly believe there’s an ingredient in this banana bread recipe that makes it so good, and moist.  Buttermilk. Yes, really! (Don’t have buttermilk on hand, DON’T worry. Just use a bit of lemon juice and regular milk to substitute. More details below.)

Buttermilk makes banana bread moist!

How to Make Banana Bread

With a mixer (I use my Kitchenaid), mix together the butter and the sugar.

Banana Bread few ingredients - moist and the BEST

Next, add in the mashed bananas and the eggs.

How to mash bananas - ziploc bag

Pro Tip: Throw your bananas into a Ziploc bag, seal, and mash them with your hands through the bag or with a rolling pin!

flour, baking soda, salt mixture

In a separate bowl, mix together your flour, baking soda, and salt.

Alternate the flour mixture and the buttermilk

Next, fold in the dry ingredients, alternating the buttermilk (or milk and lemon juice) with the flour.

Mix together milk and lemon juice to make buttermilk for banana bread
Mix together the banana bread ingredients

Once that is mixed, you’re ready to add to your desired, greased baking dish.

How Long to Bake Banana Bread in Oven…

Mini loaves take me about 20 minutes, and two regular loaf pans take about 40 minutes.

Pour batter in to two different regular size loaf pans
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How Long to Cool Banana Bread

Once you remove your banana bread from the oven, let sit a few minutes and then release it from the loaf pan to fully cool on a wire rack. (I do this when we want to eat it in a hurry.)

Banana Bread - moist and the best
Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Slice and serve!

But do me a favor… if you’re making it just for fun, give it a try when it’s warm. You won’t regret it.

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Banana Bread Recipe: It’s the secret ingredient that makes this banana bread so moist and so delicious. It’s easy, quick, and an addictive recipe you’ll make over and over. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword classic banana bread, easy banana bread recipe, homemade banana bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 352kcal


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or you can combine 1/2 cup milk with 2 teaspoons lemon juice & set aside to curdle
  • 3/4 cup butter softened (1-1/2 sticks)
  • 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup very ripe bananas mashed, which is about 3 large bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix-Ins (optional):

  • chocolate chips
  • nuts walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugar.
  • Add in the mashed bananas and eggs. Mix together until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl. mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk alternately to the wet mixture, and mix with a hand mixer on low or by hand until combined.
  • If you’re adding chocolate chips/nuts, add to mixture and hand stir to combine
  • If baking in regular-size loaf pans (split batter in half between the two.) 
    If using mini loaf pans, fill each cavities about half way.
  • If baking in regular-size loaf pans, bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes. (Some have stated their ovens do better at baking for 50-55 minutes.) 
     If baking in mini loaf pans, bake at 325 and begin checking after 20 minutes with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. (Because each mini loaf size is different like mentioned above.)


Serving: 1slice (1/8 loaf) | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Easy Banana Bread

If you’re feeling ambitious, throw in some chocolate chips or pecans, just before baking for an added “yumm-o” factor! 😉

My boys DEVOURED this banana bread recipe. It didn’t last one day in our house…. Oooops!

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56 thoughts on “Easy Banana Bread Recipe

  1. Kelley says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was absolutely a hit. I’ve been making different types of banana bread for the entire 17 years I’ve been married and this one is by far the best tasting and gotten the most complicated meats. I also did the lemon juice milk trick, who knew something that looks so yukky makes such a yummy bread.

    1. Jessica says:

      Woo Hoo!!!! I’m so glad that you liked it and found a new one to use! Thank you so much for reviewing and taking the time to let us know!! 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Awesome banana bread, moist, buttery and delicious.

    1. Jessica says:

      Eeeek! I’m so glad that you liked it. It really is the BEST in my opinion! 🙂 Thank you for letting me know too!

  3. Jackie Richardson says:

    5 stars
    Your recipes sound great, I have another one for you all, put a can of crushed pineapple in the batter. DRAINED> Then drink the juice!

    1. Jessica says:

      Mmmmm!!!! That sounds delightful!

    2. Cindy Cormier says:

      I made the pineapple/banana bread a couple of weeks ago! Although it came out nice, moist & delicious, I’m still a purest… can’t beat the old fashioned Banana Bread with pecans! 🙂

  4. Cindy Cormier says:

    I’ve used the “secret ingredient” for over 40 years! I’m making your receipe today! It’s really close to mine. Thank-you for posting it!

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!!! That’s fantastic! So glad you came by and dropped a note. Enjoy that banana bread Cindy! It’s the perfect day for it… but what day isn’t!? 🙂

  5. Katie says:

    3rd time making this recipe. It is delish! I added some cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice (just a 1/2 teaspoon total) and topped both loaves with cinnamon sugar. Thank you!

    1. Jessica says:

      So glad that you liked it! Thank you for letting me know!

  6. Patty says:

    I was short on butter so I added half a cup of peanut butter and dark chocolate chips….They are in the oven now!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yum! I hope you love it!

  7. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    The one thing I have never been able to make is a good banana bread. Until I found your recipe! I’ve made this twice now in the last week because it doesn’t last in our house!
    Thank you so much, this recipe is so easy and tastes perfect!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww! I’m so glad that it turned out for you and that you like it so much. I really do think it’s the best banana recipe that there is!

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