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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.
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?
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.
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. And after you try it, you need to try my banana nut bread cookies!
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.
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.
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.
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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Excellent recipe. The roasted bananas and brown butter as well as only using brown sugar (which I often also do in other recipes) make this bread so lush and delicious. I used sour cream in place of the buttermilk and I added a generous amount of chopped up dark chocolate, a small amount of chopped white chocolate, as well as a few handfuls of semi sweet chocolate chips. I’ll definitely come back to this recipe again and will experiment with a few tweaks to it like adding some peanut butter and/or oatmeal to it. I’d include a picture, but it’s so good it’s already been eaten. Yummy!
Only one banana?
The recipe calls for 4 bananas.
I’ve made this a few times already, and its a fast favourite! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
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 🙂
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???
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.
Thanks…I had it in for about 85 minutes. Giving it another try today. Here’s hoping! ?
My bananas are pretty ripe! Can I still roast them?
Absolutely! They’ll taste amazing.
I accidentally had over 20 bananas delivered to the house, woops! Would it be possible to double or triple the recipe or should I just do each batch separately?
I’ve not tried to double or triple the recipe so I can’t say how successful that would be. You do have to be extra careful when adjusting recipes like this though. Using weight measurements will give you the most accurate results if you decide to try it.