The Best Banana Bread

What do you do with a ripe banana or two?  Make banana bread of course!  I have the BEST banana bread recipe.  I can call it that because my maiden name is Best – so I guess every recipe I have could be called the BEST recipe :)

But seriously, this banana bread recipe is the BEST!  I have made this banana bread for years.  The recipe came from one of those little softcover recipe books you can buy in the grocery store line.

Everyone I have ever made this bread for LOVES it and asks for the recipe.  In fact, my friend Allison emailed me the other day asking for it and I promised  her it would be on the blog this week.

Last summer when my friend’s teenage daughter had ACL repair surgery the one thing she asked for after her surgery was my banana bread.  Of course there was a warm loaf of banana bread for her when she got home from the hospital.

So, if you have some ripe bananas on your counter you now know what to do with them and if you don’t have any  – go buy some today!

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The Best Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease and flour bottom only of a loaf pan (or use 3 small loaf pans)
  • In large bowl, beat together sugar and oil
  • Add eggs, bananas, sour cream and vanilla; blend well
  • Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off
  • Add flour, baking soda and salt; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened
  • Pour into prepared pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (about 40 minutes for smaller loaf pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean
  • Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan
  • Cool completely
  • Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator
  • Makes 1 loaf

Comments

  1. 1
    Tina says:

    Sounds yummy! I have everything but the sour cream, and not even plain or vanilla yogurt to substitute, so it will have to wait a few days.

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      srcesario says:

      I substituted the sour cream with mascarpone cheese for a creamer taste and added oats and walnuts – I also balanced between white flour and whole wheat flour as well as white and brown sugar. Delicious !!!

  2. 2
    carol says:

    Hey Leigh Anne…. k, I know what I’m doing with those black bananas on my counter when I get home tonight. I’m curious, have you ever added nuts or chocolate (or any other kind of) chips to the recipe?

  3. 3
    Leigh Anne says:

    Carol

    I am not a big fan of nuts in my baked goods but I’m sure they would be great. Chocolate chips is a great idea too. I recently saw a recipe for banana bread with white chocolate chips – yum! While in Florida a few weeks ago I had a salad that they put banana bread croutons on – they were delish. I am saving one of my small loaves to give it a try and make croutons out of. Happy baking!!

  4. 4
    Melanie says:

    I love the light color of the bread – that’s my preference with banana bread. I’m saving the recipe to try for sure!

  5. 5
    Kristin says:

    I just finished making banana bread – it literally came out of the oven 10 minutes ago. The recipe I have is nearly identical to yours – with the exception of three things (That’s nearly identical isn’t it LOL) Mine uses butter instead of oil, no sour cream and one less egg. I will have to make your next tiem and compare the two. Thanks so much!!

    Kristin

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    Robyn says:

    Okay I had 3 small bananas waiting for banana bread. I have a recipe that I love – but it’s so fun to try new recipes. I missed the vanilla – but noticed before I put it into the over – so I used a nice to put drops of vanilla into each muffin tin and then stirred…we’ll see how it comes out :-). I don’t have any loaf pans, instead I have a DeMarle muffin pan. Which if you have never tryed the DeMarle products, they are FABULOUS for cooking. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  7. 7
    Kristin says:

    OK, I finally made it. The recipe has been sitting on our counter for a month now and I have to tell you, it was worth the wait. It is really really good! I would like to try it using butter (I missed that taste from this recipe) but other than that – it is absolutely fabulous!

    Kristin

  8. 8
    Jill says:

    The. Most. Amazing. Bread. Ever.

    Thank you!

  9. 9
    Courtney says:

    I tried your banana bread last night and it tastes absolutely wonderful and is so moist! I have two questions, though. Do you have any suggestions on how to freeze bananas? Also, what type of bread pan do you use? I used a glass pan and it browned the bread a little too much although I took it out of the oven as soon as a toothpick came out clean. Any suggestions?

  10. 10
    Leigh Anne says:

    Courtney »
    When I freeze bananas I just peel them and then put them in a ziploc bag and toss in the freezer. I use metal bread pans.

  11. 11
    mark says:

    The instructions say to grease and flour only the bottom of my loaf pan, which I did. However, one of the corner sides of my loaf stuck to my metal loaf pan when I flipped the pan over to remove the bread. This happen even after I used a sharp kitchen knife to loosen all sides for the pan. Therefore, my advice would be to grease and flour the bottom and all sides of your loaf pan.

    Mark

  12. 12
    RTA Cabinets says:

    By far one of my most favorite treats of all time! I’ll be making this recipe within the next few days and forwarding to coworkers.

  13. 13
    Melanie says:

    I made this last night. It was so good!! My husband and I couldn’t even wait, we each had a warm slice with butter right out of the oven:) Can’t wait to gobble the entire loaf down! Thanks for another great recipe!!

  14. 14
    Michelle says:

    It’s a two tumbs up recipe. Ohmigosh was it fantastic! My family loved it. Thanks for posting this one. It’s a new fave of ours.

  15. 15
    Sue says:

    I made this recipe but doubled it as I had several ripe bananas – oh my, how moist and delicious! This is a keeper!

  16. 16
    Beverly says:

    I made this recipe for Banana Bread the other day and it is FANTASTIC! Moist and delicious!! My husband loved it and he didn’t even know it had sour cream in it, which he does not care for at all. He didn’t ask, I didn’t tell. The loaf was gone by the next day! Thanks for this Sour Cream Banana Bread recipe! GREAT!

  17. 17
    KP says:

    This is great banana bread,I should have known. I’ve tried several of your recipes and liked them all.I love your blog! My daughter ,her friend and I made the felt flowers at Christmas and gave as gifts we loved those too.

  18. 18
    Christi says:

    I have made this loaf a half dozen times so far, we love it. The batter itself tastes so darn good my husband can’t wait to lick the bowl.

    Great recipe.

  19. 19
    Kaitlin says:

    Turned out AMAZING!!!!!!

  20. 20

    Thanks for the recipe! I substituted brown sugar for regular sugar, since I was out and we made a loaf plus mini-muffins out of it. Turned out great!

  21. 21
    Michelle says:

    This banana bread is addictive! I only made a few changes: replaced the oil with butter and added 1 tsp of cinnamon. I also coated the pan with a cinnamon and sugar mixture and poured the excess on top of the bread before putting it in the oven. AMAZING!!!!!! So moist, so tasty, it’s heaven in my mouth, lol. Thank you for sharing your delightful recipe. This is now my favorite banana bread recipe….I’m baking more this week! Happy Eating:)

  22. 22
    marge l says:

    I have been looking for the perfect banana bread recipe and I found it!!! I baked it lst night and couldnot stop eating it.

  23. 23
    Jessica says:

    I am making this recipe again and I had to write to say how much my family enjoys it. The only thing I did differently was replace 1/2 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour. My 6 y.o. is so picky, but LOVES this banana bread! It certainly is the BEST!

  24. 24

    I made your banana bread recipe this afternoon and it was delicious. However, mine was dark….why is mine dark and yours looks so light colored??????

  25. 25
    Traci says:

    What kind of oil do you use?

  26. 26
    Elaina says:

    I doubled the recipe and made a loaf of bread and 12 muffins and I must say the best banana bread I’ve ever made! Delicious flavor and super moist! Bravo!

  27. 27
    Valerie says:

    I made this today using coconut oil it was so good! I usually use a butter based banana bread recipe (from Land O Lakes little cookbook from the checkout) and I really liked the butter flavor, but I definitely like this one better. I couldn’t taste the coconut either. I did make a brown sugar topping that sunk into the bread but that made it that much better! This is the recipe I am using from now on!

  28. 28
    Beverly Gentry says:

    Just made your banana bread and it was so good. I used butter in place of oil, added 1/2 cup chopped pecans and it turned out really moist and delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  29. 29
    miremba says:

    Wow! This recipe was fantastic! So simple and the end product is amazing!

    There’s a local blogger “celeb” where I am from who bakes and sells a fantastic banana bread in many of our local coffee shops and I believe even some of our grocery stores carry her product as well now. Her’s is seriously world famous now and is “to die for banana bread”. I’ve been craving it for the last few days and got inspired to find one that comes close so I can bake my own. Oddly, I never liked banana bread until I tried hers simply because I always found it to be dry (hers is super moist). I came across this recipe and decided to give it a go and am so happy I did! It came out very moist and nearly perfect (I forgot that I wanted to add chocolate chips until it was too late). I used olive oil (I’m an addict) for my oil and everything else was the same (though I also added a hint of cinnamon). Glad I tried this one out. Amazing!!! Next time will add in some chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips) and possibly some walnuts or pecans.

    Ate two slices while it was still warm and am wondering if the bread will make it through the night… am thinking that I might need to have a 3am snack. :)

    Thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe with us! :) Truly spectacular!

  30. 30
    Lynda says:

    I used to have a recipe for banana bread which used sour cream and butter, with cardamom and other spices. The pans were buttered and then “floured” with cinnamon and sugar.
    The recipe was lost when my computer crashed, and I can’t find a copy anywhere. Can anyone help? Thanks
    jhughes@vcn.com

  31. 31
    Dawn Ritchie says:

    I saw your recipe on Pinterest and made it almost immediately. It’s amazing! My family really enjoyed it, thank you! :)

  32. 32
    Melissa says:

    These are amazing!! I have now made them twice, and they barely last in this house! I made them into muffins, and lightly greased the papers and then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar, wow! So very good! They only take 20 minutes to cook so they are easy to do in the morning! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  33. 33
    Carrie says:

    LOVE this recipe! Made it all winter and then lost the recipe… had to search for it again! My family wouldn’t even try the other recipe. They wanted THIS ONE! Thank you!! :)

  34. 34
    Jodi says:

    Can someone tell me how much butter they used to replace the oil?

  35. 35
    Yvonne says:

    Just made these in mini loaf size, to give out for Thanksgiving. Absolutely delicious & moist. Thank you for another wonderful recipe.

  36. 36
    Joy says:

    My mouth is watering just reading these posts! I am a visual person, so when I want to try a new dish I simply type it into Google and hit images. My eyes targeted your bread immediately for its light color and clear moisture! Upon reading the comments I knew I HAD to try this. Lucky for me, I have 4 brownish bananas on the counter. Hit “print”, run to printer, start baking! My 16 year old daughter will love this for a snack after school. That is, if I can keep myself from eating it. Off to cook now …! Thank you!

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