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Easy banana bread sliced to serve

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

This classic Easy Banana Bread Recipe is so simple to make, tender, moist and perfectly sweet.  It is the perfect start to any morning or enjoy as an indulgent snack. 
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, banana recipe, bread, bread recipe
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes
Servings 1 loaf bread
Calories 3248kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar tightly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 12 oz very ripe peeled bananas This is about 1 1/2 cups or around 3 large bananas


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line in a parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Spray with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside these dry ingredients.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar. Beat on medium-high until light, fluffy, and doubled in volume, 3 to 5 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Reduce the mixer to low and add the eggs, one at a time, adding the next egg only after the previous one has been fully incorporated, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition.
  • Add the sour cream and vanilla all at once and beat on low until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Add the bananas a handful at a time and beat until broken into pieces and distributed evenly throughout the batter, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl once more, and beat on low for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and use an offset spatula to smooth the top. Set the loaf pan on a sheet pan and bake for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the banana bread comes out with a few crumbs attached. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. The banana bread can be stored at room temperature, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to 3 days.


Make sure these bananas are incredibly ripe, spotted and almost black bananas.  
To make the beautiful design on the top, use a sharp knife to slice an extra peeled banana to half lengthwise.  Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and place the banana halves, cut side up, on top.  Bake as directed.


Calories: 3248kcal | Carbohydrates: 490g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 127g | Saturated Fat: 75g | Cholesterol: 631mg | Sodium: 3721mg | Potassium: 2062mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 261g | Vitamin A: 4246IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 440mg | Iron: 16mg