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Best Ever Banana Bread

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This is the Best Ever Banana Bread my family has ever had. It’s taken us 14 years of recipe experimenting but we finally figured out what the missing secret ingredient was to the perfect banana bread!


Best Ever Banana Bread - Main image for website of bread in pan at side angle


As I sit here typing this, I have two loaves of this exact banana bread in the oven.

Posting this recipe has been on my to do list FOREVER.

Sadly though, I’ve cut back this year on how many recipes I have been posting due to being ill due to pregnancy.

And in cutting back, this just fell by the wayside.  UNTIL TODAY!

I have ripe bananas sitting on my counter and told my husband today that I was going to make Banana Bread.


Best Ever Banana Bread - in pan side angle shot


His response, was a bit humerus because of my “job” as a food blogger.

He asked, do you mean normal banana bread or some funky recipe you’re trying out on us?

I giggled a little and told him that I was going to be making “normal” banana bread.

Heck, today I didn’t even add nuts or chocolate chips.  Just classic Best Ever Banana Bread.

On the upside, he fully agrees with me that this is the best banana bread.


Best Ever Banana Bread - sliced loaf looking down angle


We’ve been married for 17 years now, and in those 14 years, I’ve tried HUNDREDS of different banana bread recipes.

I’ve scoured cook books and the internet for the Best Ever Banana Bread and always come up short.

Until now.  And really I think, though I’m not 100% sure, but I think that the trick or secret ingredient to giving this banana bread the right texture as well as flavor was the flour.

Instead of traditional all-purpose flour, I used bread flour.

My entire family agrees that THIS recipe, though simple, is our favorite.  It’s the right color, flavor and texture.


Best Ever Banana Bread - Sliced and ready to be eaten - side angle view


And so as I sit here, patiently waiting for the bread to cook, my mouth salivates for that first slice of warm bread slathered with melted butter.

I suspect my 3 year old will want his slathered in Nutella and my husband may go with peanut butter.

However, I’m a simple girl.  Warm bread, melted butter, and I guarantee 3 slices will be down my throat before I even gasp for air.

If you love banana bread and haven’t found one that is quite right for you, give this one a try.  It’s my family’s favorite recipe and according to my husband, it’s completely normal.


Yield: 1 Loaf

Classic Banana Bread

Best Ever Banana Bread - bread in pan at side angle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas (2 medium ripe bananas)
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 325*F
Grease one 9 inch loaf pan and set aside.
Cream butter, sugar & bananas together well.
Add eggs and mix, scraping sides as needed.
Add salt and baking soda and mix again.
Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, scraping sides as needed.
Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Add foil to top of loaf and bake additional 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
Slice up, slather with butter and devour!

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Wednesday 21st of September 2022

Hi Janelle! I am so excited to have found this recipe because bread flour is the only flour I have in the pantry today and all the recipes called for all-purpose! It’s in the oven right now and my house smells like banana heaven. 😋 I noticed no brown sugar, which is usually a banana bread staple. Any reason why? Thank you for posting! Dee


Tuesday 18th of January 2022

I’m just curious if 2 medium bananas = 1/2 cup is really enough to bring banana flavor to to the bread?


Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Hi Gabe. I like the flavor of this bread with 2 bananas. Any more would add too much moisture to the bread. Give it a try and see for yourself. I hope you like it!


Thursday 6th of May 2021

I like this recipe, I'll try it


Sunday 18th of July 2021

I hope you like it!

Amy J Hoogstra

Friday 9th of February 2018

I do not have bread flour. Can I use multi purpose flour? I understand you think the bread flour is key but will it turn out ok with the other flour?


Sunday 23rd of August 2020

I've had several people say that they've had great success with All-Purpose flour. So yes you can!

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