Best Banana Bread Recipe

4.89 from 9 votes

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This is hands-down the Best Banana Bread Recipe you’ll find online. It’s not the healthiest recipe on my website, but I definitely did try to include better-for-you alternatives. I’ve used a plant-based milk here and have significantly reduced the amount sugar. I personally feel anything more than half a cup is way too sweet for me and too much for a 🍌 banana bread loaf but feel free to adjust these ingredients according to your liking.

Why You’ll Love This Banana Bread Recipe

Everyone loves a slice of banana bread and this is the best 🍌 Banana Bread recipe you’ll come across. The ingredients are simple and straightforward and you’ll be able to use up three of those ripe bananas sitting on your counter right now! I have included a couple of healthier ingredient swaps, such as 🥑 avocado oil and plant-based milk, but you can use what you like. This loaf comes together in a snap: one bowl and no mixer required. It’s soft and fluffy and just lightly sweet, perfect with a cup of coffee.

How to Prepare This Banana Bread Recipe

🍌 Add your bananas to a bowl and then mash them.

🥚 Now, add the eggs, vanilla, almond milk and avocado oil to the bowl along with the sugar and then whisk them together.

🥣 Next, add the flour and the baking soda to the bowl and stir.

🍫 Feel free to toss in walnut pieces or chocolate chips at this point as well.

🔥 Pour the batter out into a parchment paper-lined loaf pan and then bake in a preheated 350F (177C) degree oven for 1 hour or until golden. Enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip 🍫

Add in any extra ingredients you love to the batter: chocolate chips, chopped nuts, seeds or dried fruit.

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Variations and Substitutions for Best Banana Bread Recipe

  1. You can use any sugar of choice, I have made this recipe hundreds of times with maple syrup or honey, 🥥 coconut sugar is a lovely replacement as well.
  2. Feel free to use any 🥛 milk of choice, or flour you like.
  3. Add in extra ingredients to the batter, such as chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans), dried fruit, seeds or 🍫 chocolate chips.

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Best Served With

  • Serve this Best Banana Bread Recipe for dessert with coffee or tea.
  • Spread a slice of banana bread with a spoonful of peanut butter or my luscious Homemade Nutella.

Common Questions

can I use any type of milk for this banana bread recipe?

Yes, you certainly can use cow’s milk, soy milk, oat milk, or any other milk substitute.

How do I know when the banana bread is done?

The banana bread is done when it is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.

Can I make this recipe into muffins?

Yes! I would cook at the same temperature, but check to see if they’re cooked around the 20 or 25-minute mark.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure it’s a 1:1 replacement to maintain the proper texture.

Banana Bread

Best Banana Bread Recipe

Everyone loves a slice of banana bread and this is the best Banana Bread recipe you'll come across. The ingredients are simple and straightforward and you'll be able to use up three of those ripe bananas sitting on your counter right now!
4.89 from 9 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 slices
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar, any
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup almond milk, or any
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup avocado oil, or any
  • 11/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • handful walnuts or choc chips optional

Instructions 

  • Add your bananas to a bowl and mash them. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and the sugar, and whisk it up. Now add your flour and baking soda and stir it.
  • Optional ingredients: any toppings you love like walnuts, or chocolate chips.
  • Pour the mixture into a lined loaf pan with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 350F (177C) for 1 hour or until golden. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 308kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.004g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 133mg, Potassium: 178mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 77IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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14 Comments

    1. Hi Jaya,
      I prefer the lightness of avocado oil so I don’t usually make it with butter.

  1. 5 stars
    Made as Muffins for the kids and they LOVED them and so did I!! 25 mins at the same temp and they were perfect. No need for any fancy ingredients, had everything at home! I used to just search recipes and pick anything but now I use The Modern Nonnas website as my search bar! Will make again, and will try some walnuts next time for crunch! Thanks Snej!

      1. 5 stars
        Back again to make a double batch this time. Plan to freeze them and use for school lunch snacks! (Nut free version of course)

    1. 5 stars
      Great recipe. Easy to make. Delicious!
      Just an FYI. The recipe instructions do not state when to add the sugar.

      1. Thanks for letting me know, Susan! I just updated the recipe — sugar goes in with the other wet ingredients.

  2. Hi Sneji
    If I wanted to make these into muffins what temperature and cook time do you suggest I use ?
    Thank you xoxo

    1. Hi Rose, I would bake at the same temperature and start checking the muffins for doneness starting at 25 minutes, and then every 5 minutes thereafter, until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

    1. Hi Anna,
      It should be okay for sure. It’s really hard to say as it’s to taste and personal preference

  3. My husband says this is the best banana bread he has ever had. It is moist and extremely flavourful. I added pecans instead of walnuts and put the sliced banana on top. Sooo delicious. Thanks again Sneji for making me look so good ❤️.

    1. Loveeee pecans Susan! Amazing work, I am always so proud of you and thank YOU for trusting me and trusting yourself as well with the recipes.