Best Banana Bread Recipe

I don’t know what it is about bananas at my house but they either get eaten up so quickly that I have to snag one for myself before they disappear…or they sit untouched and we are forced to whip up a batch of banana bread.  Does that happen at your house too?


If so…then I want to share my favorite Banana Bread Recipe with you.  This recipe bakes up a perfect, moist loaf of banana bread.  And…I don’t have to force anyone to eat it up as it disappears quickly.


I like to use the extra long bread loaf pans from IKEA rather than the regular sized bread loaf pans.  The pans measure 4.5 inches by 12 inches in length.  The pans seem to allow the bread to bake evenly throughout the entire loaf, ensuring that the middle of the bread is able to cook fully without the outer layer becoming dry and burnt.


Banana Bread Recipe

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

2 tsps. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup mashed banana (2 to 3 medium ripe bananas)

1/3 cup shortening or butter

2 Tbsp. milk

2 eggs

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


1.  In a large mixer combine the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add mashed bananas.

2.  Mix in the butter (shortening) and the milk and beat together for about 2 minutes.

3.  Add in the eggs and the flour until well blended.  Stir in the nuts if adding them.

4.  Pour batter into a greased bread loaf pan (8 x 4 x 2 inches or the longer 4.5 by 12 inch pan).

5.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

6.  Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then remove from pan and finish cooling on the wire rack. 

*recipe from BHG



If you are not in the mood for Banana Bread and want to use up your ripe bananas in a different recipe, you might want to try another one of our family’s favorite cake recipes…This one is always a big hit…

Cinnamon Banana Cake


Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1

    Yum! I’m going to have to pick up one of those pans the next time I’m at IKEA and whip up this bread. I’ve always got some bananas that are a bit past their prime :)

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  3. 4

    I’m getting hungry just looking at that Cinnamon Banana Cake!
    Think I’ll try it today.

  4. 6

    Mmmmm! I love a good banana bread. Can’t wait to try.

  5. 8

    That was the perfect thing to make on a snow day. It popped onto my feed this morning. It is now in the oven. Thank you. Tess

  6. 10

    Mine is in the oven. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 12

    I LOVE Banana Bread and your recipe looks yummy!

  8. 14

    That is exactly what happens at my house. It drives me crazy. I want that Ikea pan. I’ve got bananas that can’t wait though so i’ll have to use my regular ones.

    • 15

      Glad to know I am not alone! ha! The regular pans works fine too. I just throw a piece of tinfoil over the top of the bread at the end if the middle needs more time to bake.

  9. 16

    Is that 1/3 “cup” butter

  10. 18
    Sharonsharon says:

    I made this bread tonight. Ate a piece right away. It was ok. Wrapped in foil in put into a large ziplock bag. Let it cool. Cut a piece for my son and I cut myself another small piece. Omg it is delicious. I highly recommend this recipe just left it completely cool

    • 19

      Yay! I like it better after it has cooled too! So glad you like it! Thanks for coming back and sharing that with me. I love to hear from people who have actually tried it out!! Hope you have a great day!!

  11. 20

    Oh yummy! My kids and I all LOVE banana bread – can’t wait to try it. :)

  12. 21

    Yes that’s the same recipe I have been using for years…and l keep it covered till 10 min before taking out to brown a bit, BUT. I gotta get those pans from IKEA…great idea for sure…. And the cake looks great!

  13. 23

    Do you think this recipe would work cooking in pint jars and sealing? I would think it would, but concerned about the bananas.

  14. 25

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I lost my favorite banana bread recipe in my last move somehow. This one sounds most like my old one. It’s baking in the oven now! I can’t wait to taste it! Thanks again, I love your other recipes and have new inspiration in my kitchen :)

  15. 27

    Thank you sharing your banana bread recipe. I made it last night and my kids loved it. So needless to say it was gone quickly and I made another tonight. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks again

  16. 29

    Mine is in the oven now :) can’t wait to try it!

  17. 30

    Hello! I’ve come across another recipe. It’s almost exactly the same but with no milk or salt. I imagine the milk will add moisture (handy if I’m a bit short of banana). Are you able to tell me the function of the salt please?

  18. 32

    I found this recipe on pinterest. I’m eating a slice as we speak. Delicious! And a hit with hubby and my 15 month old. Thanks so much!

    • 33

      Oh good! I am so glad! It is our favorite banana bread recipe. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back here and share it with us!

  19. 34

    Mum Good, You bread looks so real. I could reach out and take a hunk. You bread is to die for Awesome!!!!

  20. 35
    Kaylee Lino says:

    my sister and I are making a loaf as I’m typing I hope it turns out as great as yours!

  21. 36

    How on earth do u get the shortening to mix in with the wet ingredients?? I am not an experienced bread baker, but my shortening stayed all lumpy and never seemed to really mix in :(. I am going to bake it anyway and see what happens!

    • 37

      I just beat them together until it is mostly mixed…there are usually a few small lumps of shortening but they will bake out.

  22. 38

    I just made the Banana Bread and it turned out delicious. Next time I will use four bananas.. thanks so much for sharing. .


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