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The Best Banana Bread Ever

best banana bread recipeMy daughter was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. It snows a lot there. We used to go sledding. A lot. One day, Ava and I were having a conversation where she told me that she has never seen snow before. Huh wah? And she continued on that she had never been sledding before. Again, Huh wah?

I needed to show her that she in fact, had seen snow. Played in snow. And has been stuffed into a snowsuit a time or two.

The thing about having a mother that is a photographer is that your life has been chronicled. You cannot get away with a whole lot when your mom can call your bluff with hard proof. Sometimes, like this case, the proof is there, but despite your best efforts (actually printing said proof) it can take a bit to track down. I had a very old “space” that I would post very bad pictures and ramblings on. While I was searching for the snow pictures, I found that I had posted this banana bread recipe. I was so excited because I have been looking for this recipe for years. I lost it along the way and have tried many recipes trying to replace it. It is the only recipe that I had ever posted on this blog, how crazy is that?

See, she has seen snow.

And no, you cannot see my “space”. I am keeping my orange-skinned neon people all to myself.

best banana bread recipe2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans (I like walnuts in this bread too)

best banana bread recipeIn a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.

best banana bread recipeAdd the eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla to a large bowl.

best banana bread recipeMix the wet ingredients really well. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt.

best banana bread recipeMix until just combined. You do not want to over-mix this batter.

best banana bread recipeFold in the nuts.

best banana bread recipePour the batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray. I made herb rolls in mason jars so I wanted to see if I could make muffins in mason jars too. So I tried it. Guess what?

best banana bread recipeYou totes can! How cute are these? Wouldn’t they be cute at a brunch or a shower of some sort?

best banana bread recipeBake the bread in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour, or when a tester comes out clean. The muffins baked in about 18 minutes.

best banana bread recipe

By the way, the reason why this recipe is titled, “The Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever” is because that is what it said on the piece of paper that this recipe was written on. By someone’s aunt. Who am I to argue with someone’s aunt? And because it is. It also said that this recipe does not double.

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The Best Banana Bread Ever


Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans (I like walnuts in this bread too)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
  2. Add the eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla to a large bowl.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients really well. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix until just combined. You do not want to over-mix this batter.
  5. Fold in the nuts.
  6. Pour the batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  7. Bake the bread in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour, or when a tester comes out clean. The muffins baked in about 18 minutes.

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  1. Gerry Durisin

    January 13th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    The last comment surprised me — why wouldn’t a recipe like this double to make two loaves?

    Love your recipes!!

  2. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Not all recipes double well. Something about the proportions.

  3. Kerri Price

    January 13th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I think a trip to a Tahoe snow park is in order! It’s less than a 2-hour drive! lol
    Thanks for the banana bread recipe. I saved several very ripe bananas in my freezer just for this purpose.

  4. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    i hope you like this one.

  5. Cair

    January 13th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    This looks great, Bree. Your timing is perfect, too, because I made banana bread last week and said I had to find a better recipe. If this is the “best ever” then I don’t need to look any further. Thank-you. Any chance gingersnaps are up next? I need a new recipe for those, too.

  6. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I have a Molasses Spice Cookie recipe that is wonderful. It is on the recipe page.

  7. Denise

    January 13th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Your kids look like they are haivng fun in the snow. I love the picture of your daughter peeking around the tree……so cute! What a cute idea of putting the bread in the mason jars, I will have to try it. I will have to put this bread to the test, to see if is the best ever banana bread because so far my picky teenager, who loves bread, has not liked any banana bread I have ever made. I’ll let you know. Thanks!

  8. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Please do, I am eager to find out the verdict.

  9. Lori

    January 13th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    And my daughter just asked today if we could make banana bread soon! I have a recipe that I love, but am willing to try a new one. I have a question about the package of “Buttermilk Blend” in the photo…is that dried buttermilk that you add water to? Thanks..

    Oh, and I made your Cranberry Lime Curd Tart for a Christmas party and it was a hit!

  10. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Yes, I love buttermilk powder. I always buy butermilk and never use it before it goes bad, so I started using the powder and it is great.

  11. Lisa Anderson

    May 29th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I had the same question – glad someone asked. I thought I was missing something. And I had NO Idea you could do Buttermilk powder! I’m the same way – I buy it and then can never use it all before it goes bad. I will have to look for this for sure! Bree is in the area with the powder milk or in the baking isle where you buy it?

  12. bakedbree

    May 29th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Buttermilk powder is the best. Sometimes it is in the baking aisle near the baking powder and stuff. I have also found it near the powdered milk. I got mine at Whole Foods, but have also ordered it online.

  13. Lisa Anderson

    May 30th, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Found it last night at the store – different brand but found it both places actually – baking isle as well as with powdered milk. One was a box with 4 envelopes that each make 1 cup and then a canister that was more powder and could be scooped out to make different volumes. Can’t wait to try – I can’t believe I never knew this product existed…and how much butter milk has reached it’s demise never being used before I could use it all up! My mom loves the drink butter milk so when she’s visiting it doesn’t go to waste but since she’s not visiting as often as I bake or might need it, it goes bad. THANKS!!

  14. bakedbree

    May 30th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I have never seen a packet before! I usually get the canister or one that is in a large bag. Glad that I could help with your buttermilk spoilage problems.

  15. Maia

    January 13th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I was just on my way home from a shift at the hospital thinking that I wanted to make banana bread – normally I just use the Joy of Cooking recipe I have, but I like the sound of the buttermilk in this! So – bring on the Best Banana Bread ever!
    On a side note – I can officially report that Nova Scotia was doing pretty well for not being too snowy at all (well, in Halifax that is) until last night but now the joys of shovelling have begun. Looking forward to curling up in cozy chair with warm banana bread and enjoying the pretty snowy view out my window. Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I hope that you liked this recipe.

  17. Erica

    January 13th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I am going to have to try making them in re jars. They are adorable.

  18. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I love making anything in a jar!

  19. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

    January 13th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Oh, this looks so great!

  20. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    thank you Mary!

  21. Shailender @ Valentine Vacation

    January 14th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Your recipe is looking delicious as ever but I must say that your daughter is very beautiful & cute.

  22. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    awww. thank you!

  23. Amanda

    January 14th, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Hey Bree,
    You just missed a Nova Scotian storm here on Wednesday! Lots of sledding to be had πŸ™‚ What do you mean, you don’t miss stuffing your kids into snow suits, come on, it’s so much fun πŸ™‚ I’m definitely trying your recipe, banana bread is one of Charlotte’s favourite treats! Hope all is well with you guys! The kids are growing so fast, they are gorgeous. I love following your adventures. I am envious of your energy and talents!
    Amanda

  24. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Yeah, I really don’t miss it at all! lol… We are great. They are getting so big it is crazy. Ava lost her first tooth over the weekend. Oh stop it, you are amazing too! I miss our afternoons together.

  25. Laura

    January 14th, 2011 at 5:38 am

    My two boys -love- helping me make banana bread. In fact this reminds me that I have a few over-ripe bananas waiting to be turned into banana bread! I like walnuts in the bread but usually have to leave them out due to picky 2 1/2 and 5 year olds. Sometimes if we’re feeling fancy we spread a layer of chocolate chips in the middle of the bread!

    Laura in Ludwigsburg

  26. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Chocolate chips in banana bread sound delicious!

  27. Lisa

    January 14th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    That’s so great that you found the recipe you were looking for. It looks moist and delicious. Cute idea to bake it in those little jars and your daughter looks adorable too.

  28. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    thanks Lisa!

  29. Marissa

    January 14th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Banana bread is one of my favorite things!! My mom has a recipe that she always made whenever we had bananas that were going bad, and now I do the same thing- of course! πŸ™‚

    Marissa

  30. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I don’t make it very often, but I love it when I do.

  31. Mama Kelly aka Jia

    January 15th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I love banana bread and am thinking of making it (and zucchini bread) as grab and go breakfasts for myself on workday mornings.

  32. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    that is a great idea.

  33. Colleen

    January 15th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Your little girl’s chubby cheeks in that snowsuit – So adorable! She is so cute.

    Banana bread is a staple in my house. I can’t believe people actually throw out brown bananas. I never thought about putting the batter in mason jars. Very clever. I will try that next time.

  34. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks Colleen. She looks so little.

  35. Tanya at Ignite Your

    January 16th, 2011 at 3:34 am

    I love banana bread and banana muffins. It’s the best way to use those sort-of rotting bananas. Excited about trying the mason jar idea, I have never heard of that. Thanks for sharing-

  36. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    My pleasure Tanya!

  37. Katie

    January 16th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Looks delicious – I love banana bread. Do you think you could leave out the nuts and replace with more banana chunks?

  38. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Add more banana or just leave it out altogether.

  39. Kibba

    January 16th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    That recipe looks great, but I am totally digging your counter top. So cool!

  40. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    thanks! I really love my Corian, but I would have picked a more subtle color. It came with the house.

  41. Kaitlin

    January 18th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Wow, the name does not lie, truly “The Best Banana Bread Ever”. The entire loaf was gone in no time!

  42. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    this makes me so happy! Glad that it did not disappoint.

  43. Pam

    January 24th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    This was amazing!!!!!!! Tossed out my old banana bread recipe. I swapped the oil with applesauce and it was still freakin’ awesome. Something weird happened though…A little sliver to the left of the center would not bake? It was still gooey, so weird. Do you think it was because of the applesauce? Maybe I used too small of a loaf pan? I don’t know, I am pretty new to baking, which is why I love your blog;) We just ate around that part though:)

  44. bakedbree

    January 25th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Try rotating your pan during baking. I helps to bake more evenly. Glad that you liked it.

  45. Sandy

    January 30th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Found your site on my daughters photo web site. (melissamaephot.com) We are having a bridal shower for my other daughter in Feb. & the Banana Bread in the jelly mason jars fit our theme . Did a trial run on the recipe….OH sooo good ! It’s definitely on our menu for the shower !
    Thank you !

  46. bakedbree

    January 30th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Please send me some pictures! I would love to see them in. Glad that you liked them.

  47. Michelle

    May 16th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    This is baking in my oven right now…so excited to eat some! I swapped the oil for applesauce as well. Can’t wait to try in muffin form tomorrow, thanks again for another delicious recipe!

  48. bakedbree

    May 16th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    you are welcome! Let me know how it is with the applesauce swap.

  49. Jade

    May 18th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Better late than never… We’re having a fluke May storm here in Vegas, and the CC and I thought a warm banana bread would do us some good. So of course I had to see if you had a recipe for one. Why do I ever question it?! Baking now, sans nuts, but it’s already smelling heavenly. Thank you again for another wonderful recipe!

  50. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    you are welcome Jade! Glad that you like it.

  51. Lisa Anderson

    May 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Made these tonight – made them into muffins – pretty darn good. Was thinking of taking some into the office to share with co-workers but I don’t think any will make it there! The kids will love breakfast in the morning…more so than usual of course! ;o)

  52. Harriett

    November 9th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I have no buttermilk in the house can I use whole milk or sour cream instead

  53. bakedbree

    November 9th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Add a teaspoon or so of lemon juice or vinegar to your milk. Let it sit for a minute or two, then you have buttermilk. πŸ™‚

  54. Amanda

    January 14th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    My husband loves banana bread, cake, shakes, etc and when I found this, I just had to make it. My parents have a banana tree out in the backyard and we have a ton and I really needed to make something good with the fresh bananas. Only problem was that I had no baking soda, I only had baking powder. I tried to sub using ratios i found online. I’m done baking now, I hope it tastes as good as yours looks in the pictures!! Do you have any suggestions for this type of substitution?

  55. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I really don’t. I don’t substitute leaveners if I can help it.

  56. Lulu

    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I too grew up in Nova Scotia. My mother had a recipe for banana bread/loaf from a Woman’s Day. Remember those inserts that were rough paper, slim, yellow or beige – they were torn out and easily kept in the recipe box or book. Well, this one was the best ever, dark, moist, not like cake. Guess what? My mother cannot find that recipe in her collection. I have yet to find one that even comes close. I’ll try this one, but I know her recipe never contained buttermilk. I was a teenager, and a transplant to North Carolina by the time I had ever heard of such a thing. Thanks for sharing your story and the recipe. I’ll try it this week as we have many ripe bananas at the moment.

  57. bakedbree

    March 1st, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I hope that you like this one Lulu.

  58. Michelle

    April 18th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Was delicious with applesauce! Am currently making it again, although I missed the does not double note and I doubled it. Here’s hoping its not awful….

  59. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I included that because that is what it said on the recipe card. I hope that it turned out okay.

  60. Veronica

    June 9th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Do you add 1/3 cup buttermilk powder or do you add just a tablespoon of the buttermilk blend and then a 1/3 cup water?

  61. bakedbree

    June 10th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I make the buttermilk according to the directions on the package.

  62. judy shockley

    November 20th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    thanks for the new awesome recipe ,i have the opposite problem with buttermilk ,my hubby drinks to his content ,and i let him ,he is terminal πŸ™ but I have faith .I never heard of buttermilk powered,gotta find it?

  63. Tara

    January 10th, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I was looking for a new banana bread recipe tonight and came across this one. Funny enough, I live in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. Last year we had a lot of snow! In the span of two months, we received over 270 cm of snow. Your daughter would have enjoyed sledding that Winter.

    Looking forward to trying the recipe. Cheers.

  64. bakedbree

    January 11th, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Yes she would!

  65. Joshua Rhodes

    March 4th, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Looking forward to trying this in the near future. Any ideas for making something like this or other fruit breads gluten free?

  66. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I would start by using a cup for cup flour substitute. King Arthur has a good one. And as for another fruit, you could try apple.

  67. Carolyn Gager

    August 21st, 2018 at 12:50 am

    About 7-ish years ago, I found this recipe when I was trying to compile a few that I wanted to try in my hunt for a favorite. In one day I baked, and tasted, a Reese’s banana bread, a cinnamon banana bread, a nutty banana bread, banana nut muffins, and this recipe: “the best”. It was easily the simplest of the group, with the least ingredients and work. I was not expecting the result. Blew the rest out of the water and I haven’t look back. I’ve probably made this recipe *several* dozen times in the intervening years, and have handed out copies of the recipe to many people. I recently made it and was asked for the source, so I spent a little while trying to figure out where I found it. Finally I remembered that I pinned it on Pinterest and I eventually found my way back to your site! Thanks for all the delicious bread!

  68. bakedbree

    August 23rd, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    This makes me so happy! I agree, it is the best and I ALWAYS come back to it.

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