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Best Ever Banana Bread

This Best EVER Banana Bread recipe is the only one you will ever need! It’s easy, flavorful, and will quickly become your new favorite.

Close up of sliced banana bread.

Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe

This is honestly the best banana bread recipe ever! It’s basically my easy banana bread but with brown butter, buttermilk, and roasted bananas to give the bread the ultimate flavor and texture. Just take a look at the reviews and photos from people who have made it on Pinterest.

Brown butter adds to the nutty sweet flavor while yielding a melt in your mouth texture. Buttermilk adds extra moisture to ensure the bread stays soft and tender.

It can easily be enjoyed in place of dessert or for breakfast. It also makes a great snack between meals. And it can be made gluten free.

This best banana bread recipe is so moist and absolutely the most delicious bread you will ever taste. Why is this banana bread is so incredible?

Loaf of banana bread sliced.

To begin with, it contains 4 large bananas. As if that isn’t enough to make the bread flavorful, I went and roasted them.

That made the bread more flavorful and naturally sweet!

I used all brown sugar for a moist and sweet richness. Brown sugar will do wonders for quick bread, cakes, and cookies. I use it almost everything I bake.

To add to the already wonderfully rich flavor, I added brown butter. I’ve done this before with banana cupcakes and easy banana cake and let me tell you, brown butter and bananas are fantastic together.

Sliced banana bread with slices taken out.

Buttermilk in Best Ever Banana Bread

As if this banana bread could get any moister, I chose to incorporate buttermilk.

I love buttermilk in baked goods, especially in my cheddar jalapeno buttermilk bread. It adds a soft, tender texture that just melts in your mouth.

I added some chopped walnuts which are completely optional. I’m a huge fan of contrasts in texture and loved the soft crunch in each bite of bread.

This recipe has taken a classic banana bread and vamped it up to make it even more delightful. After one bite, I’m certain you will agree that it is indeed a tasty buttermilk banana bread recipe.

How to make the best Ever banana bread?

Step 1: Roast the bananas and brown the butter

Roasting the bananas enhances their sweetness and flavor. That paired with browned butter make the ultimate banana bread.

Roasted bananas on a pan lined with foil and a pot of brown butter.

Step 2: Mix the batter

Follow the usual technique for making quick bread – mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry ingredients, then combine the two.

Process shots showing how to make banana bread.

Step 3: Bake the bread

Bake the bread in a light colored loaf pan for best results. Dark pans and glass pans retain heat too well and will cause the bread to come out too dark or possibly burn before the inside had finished cooking.

Unbaked and baked banana bread in loaf pans.

Common questions about Best Ever Banana Bread

Why are cup measurements not given for the bananas?

This recipe calls for roasting the bananas in their skin. You would not be able to measure out x cup amount before roasting. Choose the largest bananas you see in the market and you will have success with the recipe.

What can I use besides buttermilk?

You can replace the buttermilk in this recipe with plain yogurt or sour cream. Greek yogurt works best.

Can I use frozen bananas to make this bread?

While I’ve not done this myself, a reader has. She placed the frozen bananas directly in the oven to roast. She didn’t thaw them and the recipe came out perfect.

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Loaf of banana bread sliced.

Best Ever Banana Bread

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This Best EVER Banana Bread recipe is the only one you will ever need! It’s easy, flavorful, and will quickly become your new favorite.

Ingredients

  • 4 large very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup (158 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (60 milliliters) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (57 grams) chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  2. Leave bananas in the peel and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. While the bananas are roasting, heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes, until browned. Set aside to cool.
  4. Lightly grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  6. Scrape the bananas out of the peel into a blender and pulse until pureed. You should have about 2 cups of puree. Pour the pureed bananas into the butter mixture and beat until well combined. Add the buttermilk and mix well. The mixture may look curdled. This is normal.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk. Add to banana mixture and mix just until the flour is incorporated, taking care not to overwork the batter. Stir in the walnuts if using.
  8. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake at 350°F for 45 to 65 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few dry crumbs.
  9. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove the bread and cool completely on a wire rack. 

Notes

  1. Cup measurements are not given for the bananas because they are roasted in their skin. There's no way to measure them before roasting. Choose the largest bananas when shopping for this recipe and you should have great results.
  2. Place the roasted banana in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  3. Greek yogurt or sour cream can be used in place of buttermilk.
  4. Loosely tent aluminum foil over the bread if the top begins to brown too much before the center is done. 

Make ahead tip

  1. The bread will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. 
  2. Baked and cooled bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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shelley

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I've made this a few times already, and its a fast favourite! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Tintin

Saturday 10th of October 2020

This is a really good banana bread! I tried quite a few different recipes to find one I really like and this is the one! I had never heard of "baking" the banana's beforehand but I like it since it doesn't really require the bananas to be very ripe. I also like how it's not too sweet either. Makes for a good dessert and/or breakfast :)

L

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

I tried making this today. My bananas were quite ripe and once roasted, there was some liquid in the pan. Your picture looked quite dry. It smelled great, what was cooked tasted great...but it was raw in throughout! Any ideas as to why my epic fail???

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

The roasted bananas will produce liquid and this is perfectly okay. If your bread was raw, it needed more time to bake. Let it continue to cook until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the top of the bread is browning too much before the middle is done, tent it loosely with a piece of foil.

Duck

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

My bananas are pretty ripe! Can I still roast them?

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Absolutely! They'll taste amazing.

Jo Jo

Saturday 11th of April 2020

This IS the best ever banana bread and I have tried several. Because I didn't have walnuts - I substituted pecans and toasted them in a skillet prior to adding. Otherwise, I made this recipe exactly as is - it's perfect! Thank you, Jen!

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