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The Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe

Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe

Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe

The Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe is Economical and Delicious

The best-ever banana bread recipe. We've been making (and eating) it for more than 16 years! Tried, tested and true, this recipe has never failed and we have never, ever found another recipe for a banana loaf that is as moist or as delicious as this one is and it is easy, too! A simple and homey comfort food that is perfect for breakfast, coffee time, recess, teatime or anytime. It is absolutely YUMMY!

This recipe originally came from the Winnipeg Free Press, a daily newspaper in Manitoba in Canada. Over the years I have found many great recipes from my local newspapers wherever I have lived. This one is amongst my best recipes; my son begged me not to share the recipe with you!

The Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe

I'm not joking when I say this recipe is delicious and easy. We have been making it for years. That is, my children and I. I am not sure at what age my teenage boys started making this but they have absolutely no problem putting it together for us now!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1.3 hours

Serves: Many!


  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (light or regular)
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, mix together well the bananas, sugar, oil, sour cream and eggs.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Then add the dry mix to the banana mix, stirring until just combined. It couldn't be easier!
  4. Bake in a greased 9 by 5 inch loaf pan at 325 degrees for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until a tester comes out clean.
  5. Cool for five minutes before removing from pan.

A Basic Loaf Pan

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This 9-inch nonstick pan features heavy-gauge aluminized steel construction, a durable nonstick coating and rolled edges to prevent warping at high heat. It is dishwasher-safe and has a limited lifetime warranty. One of the bestselling pans on Amazon's site, it is perfect for this banana loaf recipe.

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Are you a banana bread fan? Do you have a fantastic banana loaf recipe? Did you like this page? - Make sure to take a moment and say hello!

Barb Wall on June 22, 2019:

This is a wonderful recipe. I actually made the batter and then cooked muffins from the mixture. They were absolutely delicious. I found I need to cook them for nearly 40 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius to cook them through. Woohoo, can’t wait to make another batch. This is my first timer to your website.

Janisa from Earth on March 21, 2018:

Interesting recipe! I've never seen a banana bread recipe using sour cream before. I just happen to have some bananas lying around, looks like I've found what to do with them ;D

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 19, 2016:

I just harvested a couple hundred bananas from my banana plants. High winds knocked most of them off the plants too soon, but they are ripening quickly, so I am researching banana bread recipes. This one sounds delicious, but I'll have to go get some sour cream. Can't wait to try your recipe.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on April 29, 2015:

My children preferred not to have the nuts and now that they're grown men I wonder how they would respond if I slipped them in to the batter...

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on April 26, 2015:

Wow, never would have thought to use sour cream in banana bread, but it sounds Delicious! Will definitely be trying this out (I'll add walnuts to mine, as I love Banana NUT bread with butter). :)

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on April 23, 2014:

@paulahite: Hi Paula & thanks for your visit. I googled sour cream substitutions and came up with these ideas from You can substitute 1 cup plain yogurt OR 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough cream to make 1 cup OR 3/4 cup buttermilk mixed with 1/3 cup butter.

Paula Hite from Virginia on April 23, 2014:

Brenda, I don't have any sour cream. Can I substitute buttermilk or something?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 17, 2014:

@sheriangell: I haven't had it since before Christmas and was just made hungry for it by your comment, LOL!

sheriangell on November 24, 2013:

Gosh I haven't had banana bread in forever. Almost forget how much I love it. Will surely try your recipe!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on June 27, 2013:

I can't wait to try this!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 26, 2013:

@Johanna Eisler: Belated answer to your post, Joie. It was still in my comments-to-approve bucket for some reason. My guess would be YES it is the sour cream. I'm so glad your family enjoyed it!

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on May 19, 2013:

Did a search here for banana bread and this recipe came up - I'm about to try it right now :D

Johanna Eisler on April 09, 2013:

Brenda, with apologies to your son, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and with every taste bud in my mouth for this wonderful recipe. I didn't want to comment until I had tried the recipe myself. I love banana bread, but in over 40 years, I've never made one where the bananas didn't sink to the bottom of the loaf. This is perfect. Could it be the sour cream? I've never used it in banana bread before. Whatever the reason, it turned out fabulously! You are welcome to come over for tea tomorrow, but I can't promise that both loaves won't already be eaten up! Grins and gratitutude, Joie and family

Elastara on February 17, 2013:

Thanks for sharing with us the Banana Bread recipe!Time to ask my dad to stop buying banana breads and learn how to make them ourselves which is actually more healthier and fresher!

Takkhis on February 12, 2013:

It is easy!

Susan R. Davis from Vancouver on December 31, 2012:

I can't wait to try this one. I love banana bread but I've been on the lookout for an easier recipe for a while. Great tips, too. I didn't know you could freeze bananas to make bread later with.

lesliesinclair on December 10, 2012:

Those are beautiful looking loaves, and I do miss banana bread. I made it often while raising children. I've tried making gluten-free banana bread, but it never finished baking, and finally I just cut it in wide slides, and fried it!

jseven lm on November 25, 2012:

Now I am very hungry for some of your delicious banana bread! Thanks. :)

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 14, 2012:

Awesome lens! I remember clipping recipes from the Winnipeg Free Press.... I think I still have them :-)

eightieschild on October 20, 2012:

Wow, this brings back memories. Used to eat it all the time when I was younger but haven't had banana bread in a long time now. Will have to try out your recipe. :)

Cindy from Pittsburgh Pa on October 13, 2012:

I'm going to make this soon and hope to use your delicious recipe! xoxo

OurFoodRecipes LM on October 11, 2012:

what an amazing lens..great info..Thanks a lot.

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on October 10, 2012:

This looks great! I am actually more of a zucchini bread fan, but this looks very easy to make.

MyBabyBoo on September 27, 2012:

Nice lens, well done! Squidlike

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on September 19, 2012:

@MarcyG: No, I haven't and I am sure that would be useable but I'm not convinced the flavour would be quite the same.

Little Linda Pinda from Florida on August 31, 2012:

I love banana bread.

Lorna from USA on August 28, 2012:

We love banana bread, I put yoghurt in mine instead of sour cream, its so delicious!

Cara on August 24, 2012:

I haven't made banana bread for years. I may try again using your recipe as I do enjoy eating it.

Shannon from Florida on August 15, 2012:

I love banana bread -- especially when I add chocolate chips.

acreativethinker on August 06, 2012:

This is a great lens on banana bread. Mmmmmmm, yummy. I can smell the aromaof banana bread. I enjoy making banana bread. Thanks for sharing. Take care. :)

Jen withFlash on August 01, 2012:

I love banana bread!!! Yummy!! It's also one of the few things that all five of my kids like so I used to make it often.

EMangl on July 11, 2012:

never had one, know nobody who makes it :-)

ogrote on June 13, 2012:

I like banana bread. Great lens.

martyp lm on May 02, 2012:

Tried this recipe last weekend. Was truly amazing. Kids thought it was cake, hehe.

MarcyG on April 25, 2012:

I read that if you are short on ripe bananas for this recipe that you could just microwave one or two and they will get soft and sweet. Anyone ever try that?

helpmeetingneeds on March 13, 2012:

I love this page and yes I am a banana bread fan, but I will not make it myself.

anonymous on March 11, 2012:

Stopping by to sprinkle a little angel dust over your best ever banana bread recipe. I love the secrets you share along the way and agree that letting it ripen or mellow sure does wonderful things with the flavor...its so hare to resist though, have never been able to wait for that first piece that long. I especially love banana bread with butter for breakfast with a cup of coffee.

bestbloodpressu on March 02, 2012:

My wife makes lovely banana bread in our bread maker

BradKamer on February 23, 2012:

Great lens. I love a slice of banana bread for breakfast during my commute to work in the morning.

MaartjeJepsen on February 16, 2012:

That is awesome idea! I should try one of these recipes!

Fay Favored from USA on February 14, 2012:

So many good banana bread recipes. Adding this to my BB lens.

GardenBuildingsUK from UK on February 01, 2012:

I'm addicted to banana bread !

TransplantedSoul on January 12, 2012:

Banana bread has always been a favourite for me!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on January 06, 2012:

Oh yes, I love banana bread. We could never wait a day or two to eat it. My recipe is almost identical to yours, except I use whole wheat flour. Because it's whole wheat and has no preservatives, the banana bread goes stale quickly. That's never a problem for us, though. We can't keep our hands off it!

squidshe on January 05, 2012:

Wow, I'm really craving some banana bread right now! Really nice lens.

Lindrus on January 03, 2012:

I make banana bread quite often and have been happy with my recipe. But now I'd like to try your recipe, since you are raving so about it... Looking forward to some tasty banana bread! Thanks for sharing!

Deadicated LM on December 27, 2011:

I only made banana bread once, I'll try your recipe and see how it goes; now I can by the whole bunch and not worry about it over-ripening.

anonymous on December 26, 2011:

great lens about what to make with bananas, I myself love 'em especially in bread too!

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on December 21, 2011:

i love banana. thanks for a yummy recipe

fullofshoes on December 09, 2011:

delish. might make and bake for the holidays!

Barbara Walton from France on November 24, 2011:

Used to love to make banana bread - must get back to doing it. Thanks, Brenda, for an inspirational lens.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 24, 2011:

I will definitely try your banana bread recipe. And you are right... now I am craving a slice of banana bread. Fortunately, I have some overripe bananas that are perfectly ready for baking. Happy Thanksgiving!

Julianne Gentile from Cleveland, Ohio, US on November 24, 2011:

Yummy! I make banana bread all the time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Blessings to you.

LakeMom on November 23, 2011: I'm hungry for banana bread! I have never tried sour cream! It sounds wonderful!

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

Great recipes.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 09, 2011:

Thanks, Pal! Thanks for this awesome recipe and for the outstanding lensmaking skills I've learned from you by way of all your excellent examples and by your suggestions and critiques of my lenses. I appreciate you!

aliciamaggie54 on October 12, 2011:

Yes, I love it. Thanks for sharing:)

Tagsforkids on October 04, 2011:

I am indeed a fan, but usually make the Bisquick recipe, mainly out of ease because i8 have everything needed. I'd like to try this recipe though. I love that Nordic Ware loaf pan!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 24, 2011:

I lost the printed recipe in the fire. So glad I always know where to find this awesome banana bread recipe. Re-printed and heading to the kitchen now! (Thanks, Brenda!)

AmyTK9 on September 10, 2011:

Thanks for sharing! I Love Banana Bread!

Paul from Liverpool, England on August 15, 2011:

I love banana bread, Angel Blessed

clouda9 lm on July 11, 2011:

Mmm! Mmm! Goodness for sure. We sure love banana bread in our house mine with a schmear of cream cheese. PS Saw you spotlighted on the SquidHuddle today ;) *Blessed!

anonymous on June 21, 2011:


Marsh6 on June 16, 2011:

i like marshmallowsi did like the page

Runnn on June 09, 2011:

I tried banana cake but not the bread. It looks good.

cangyray on May 31, 2011:

This recipe sounds great! I will have to try it!

pimbels lm on May 27, 2011:

My son loves banana bread, so I promised him I will make it for him.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 07, 2011:

I promised #2 son a loaf of your banana bread when he got back from his trip. It's in the oven!

Kimsworld LM on May 03, 2011:

Great recipe Brenda, delicious. I will definitely use this banana bread recipe again.

anonymous on April 30, 2011:

I would guess the sour cream would lend a lot of moistness to the banana bread. Funny, my sister has told me the same tips and especially that you want overripe bananas and as overripe as you can get them, she also freezes the bananas. I always get one in the mail, so it has had the chance to age. So that's why its so good! Shell has one other secret, she uses coconut rum, yum. I do have a loaf that she just sent me, so you'll know where I'll be an maybe some orange spice tea with that.

mattseefood lm on April 27, 2011:

Yuuuummmy! I really love banana breads. Another recipe to try out next time!

anonymous on April 25, 2011:

I love banana bread - but usually add pecans. You are so right about the ripe bananas - it makes all the difference in the world. I'm going to try freezing my overripe bananas again. The last time I did it, I was put off by how they looked after they had been in the freezer for a few weeks! :)

NoYouAreNot on April 21, 2011:

First time I ever heard of Banana Bread. Now I'll know what to do with ripe bananas. Must be very tasty. Sharing your Banana Bread secrets was really obliging -- especially the one about waiting until next day. Hard to comply, though...

EllipticalTrainersGuide on April 06, 2011:

that is a great recipe thanks for sharing. Do you sell your bread?

lizziehumphreys1 on March 18, 2011:

yummy yummy! i love banana bread! :)

anonymous on March 17, 2011:

I LOVE banana bread, I just don't make so, I have to wait till someone will make me some. (hint, hint is anyone listening?)

Patricia on March 08, 2011:

Yum! I can smell it! I love banana bread!

Mistalina on March 04, 2011:

Thank you for the recipe and the tips. Banana bread is very popular in my family!

grandma deal on March 01, 2011:

Yes, I also have my favorite Banana Bread Recipe, but I'm seeing a lot of good ideas here. And I love the Nordic Ware Banana Bread Pan. I'm a Bread Machine fan, but if I had one of these I'd bake all my banana bread loaves in it. I have recently started writing my bread machine recipes on Squidoo and will lensroll this lens to them. Good Job.

tandemonimom lm on February 23, 2011:

Well, I'll have to try this! Although I do love blueberries in my banana bread, so I may have to add some. Lensrolled to Blueberry Banana Bread.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on February 22, 2011:

@SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan for letting me know that this recipe worked well for you, too. We all have recipes that are our favorites and that we would not switch for anything. Kudos to you for being willing to try another banana bread recipe. (And thank goodness, for me, that it was a success!)

Wendy Henderson from PA on February 22, 2011:

Banana bread is one of my favorites!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on February 22, 2011:

Brenda, I baked a loaf of your BEST EVER banana bread last night. As much as I like my simple banana bread recipe, you've topped it, no doubt about it. In fact, I had to go buy food for my cat this morning and bought some extra bananas while I was at it so I can bake a couple more loaves. Scrumptious! Thank you!

Tilly4Family on January 02, 2011:

I love your page! My husband LOVES banana bread and am always looking for THE BEST recipe! So, your recipe is next to try. I will update you on if he likes it or not ok! Wondeful lens! I added you to my lensroll!

lisals7777 on December 09, 2010:

I love banana bread! I'll have to try this recipe. I like to add chocolate chps to mine. It's a great combination!

TWOnline2 on December 08, 2010:

i melted. sank in my seat when i saw the slice of bread with soft butter on it. yyyyuuuuuummmmm!

gypsyman27 lm on December 08, 2010:

I will enjoy this recipe, and I will give it a try very soon. Good lens, see you around the galaxy...

anonymous on November 27, 2010:

Hi again Brenda! I tried your recipe yesterday, I added nuts, and it was delicous, thanks! - Kathy

anonymous on November 25, 2010:

ps - tell your sons I promise not to tell anyone LOL :-)

anonymous on November 25, 2010:

Hi Brenda! I've been looking for a new recipe for our banana bread, been making mine for so long now, just want to try something new, I found quite a few recipes but decided to give yours a try! I'll let you know how it turns out!

anonymous on November 12, 2010:

Yes I did like this page, and I love Banana Bread :)

WendyArts on November 04, 2010:

Thanks for the great recipe. I made a loaf this morning and we are enjoying this yummy banana bread this evening. I added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Thanks again.

jolielaide75 on November 04, 2010:

I have a recipe that is similar to this one that I use all the time. Execept that recipe doesn't call for sour cream. I'm vegan, so I've veganized the other one I have so I will do the same to this one adding vegan sour cream. I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out!

maplesyrup59 on October 29, 2010:

I am a huge banana bread fan. I am going to give yours a try to let you know how it turned out!

Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on October 14, 2010:

now i am a banana bread fan too, i am going to make it very soon, to get my difficult husband's appreciation. thank you for revealing those secrets too.

jlshernandez on October 03, 2010:

I think I am going to make banana bread tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe.

CelebStyle LM on September 30, 2010:

yummy looking lens...and recipe I'm just going to have to try! thanks

Jeanette from Australia on September 28, 2010:

I knew it! I should have heeded your warning! I really want some banana bread!

reasonablerobby on September 18, 2010:

A great recipe for students Brenda so lens rolling to a lens I have on a fast student food recipe. I'm definitely going to make banana bread because i've never done it before.

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on September 18, 2010:

I have this banana bread baking in my oven right now! I can't wait until it's done. About 25 minutes, now. I made a double batch and added dark chocolate shavings to half.

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