Breakfast & Brunch | April 19, 2020

Best Basic Banana Bread

Is there anything better than banana bread right out of the oven? This recipe is the best basic banana bread recipe with a special ingredient to make it extra moist!

Best Basic Banana Bread

Years ago, My friend Ann gave me her best basic banana bread recipe. It quickly became my go-to recipe because it was easy to make, and I always had the ingredients on hand. I’m a huge fan of banana bread and this recipe is one I’ve made for over 25 years.

Basic Banana Bread

Ann is my friend from Spokane, and Grant’s friend growing up. Her Dad was Grant’s Bishop at church when he was young. We were surprised when we moved to Spokane to find Ann and her husband Chris living close by, in our new neighborhood. We had some fun times in Spokane, and loved sharing recipes. Ann would tell me about her mother, Marva and what a great cook she was. I remember when Ann confessed to me that she didn’t think she had eaten a canned vegetable her whole life…until she got married!

Ann's Banana Bread

The buttermilk in this recipe makes it SO moist. You’ll need about 1/2 cup of buttermilk. No buttermilk on hand? No problem. All you need is milk and a little white vinegar or lemon juice! For every one cup of buttermilk, pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a one cup measure, then fill the measuring cup to the one cup mark. It’s important to let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using to allow the lemon juice or vinegar create a curdling action in the milk. Using part milk, part half and half or cream also works.

Basic Banana Bread
Banana Bred made with buttermilk

We have a few other banana bread recipes on ABK our family loves! This Sour Cream Banana Bread is also one of my favorites, and Greek yogurt is a great substitute for the sour cream. If you love pancakes and banana bread, you have to try our Banana Bread Buttermilk Pancakes– a breakfast dream!

After summer when the weather changes, I make this Pumpkin Banana Bread with Orange Glaze which is perfect for fall! And if you like to bake with coconut oil, our Coconut Oil Banana Bread is the recipe for you! It has three variations, regular, Pineapple Banana Bread and Chocolate Banana Bread.

Ann's Banana Bread

Notice how moist and flavorful our best basic banana bread LOOKS? The taste matches the photos. I know this will quickly become your family favorite banana bread too! It’s seriously impossible to make dry banana bread using this recipe.

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Best Basic Banana Bread

Our best basic banana bread is made with buttermilk! So easy to make 2 loaves with one recipe.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread, quick bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt if using salted butter, 1/2 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 medium size loaf pans. 
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs, and beat mixture until smooth.

  3. Mash banana, add to the butter/sugar egg mixture. If the bananas are very soft, just add to the bowl, the paddle or beaters will mash the banana.

  4. Mix in buttermilk until blended well. Turn off mixer.

  5. Combine all of the dry ingredients into a bowl, and pour all at once into the wet mixture.

  6. Fold together, just until wet and dry ingredients are incorporated. Don’t over mix.

  7. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

  • If you like "Hawaiian" Banana Bread, substitute 1/2 cup drained, crushed pineapple and use 2 bananas.

This recipe has been updated with photos and recipe alterations since first posted in August, 2008.

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  1. I love banana bread. I am also looking for a good banana bread recipe. I am sure going to try your recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    Jan

  2. This banana bread so amazing. Why have you not corrtected the egg omission? It has been written incorrectly for over 2 years. Your web page is now so full of ads…it is very annoying. When I first used your website it was not like this. Sad(:

    1. So sorry for the inconvenience. For 6 years I wrote without being paid a cent for sharing recipes on the blog. Now, I have a few ads which bring me a small amount of income. I believe the addition of the egg in the instructions was corrected quite a long time ago. Have a great day!

  3. Just saw that the egg addition has been corrected. So sorry. I read the comments before looking at the recipe again. Thanks for the correction.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Si 🙂
    This is MY ALL TIME FAVORITE banana bread and EVERYONE wants the recipe. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    This was the best banana bread I’ve made! I didn’t have buttermilk but thanks to your tips I was able to make my own with milk and vinegar. It was so delicious! Your recipes are keeping me baking through quaratine!

    1. Hi Dani, I’m so glad to hear that! Baking is definitely helping me through this quarantine too, thank you for sharing,
      xo
      Si

  6. 5 stars
    I LOVED this recipe!! I appreciate the buttermilk substitute and clear directions. I somehow always botch banana bread… but not this time! It seriously tastes amazing. If you’re wondering if you should double the recipe, I’d say don’t… triple it! #bestbananabreadever