Best Ever Banana Bread

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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.

Above view of banana bread sitting on white parchment paper with three slices through the bread.

Best 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.

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?

Above view of banana bread with three slices taken. One of the slices is laying flat so the inside of the bread is visible.

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!

It’s similar to my Roasted Yogurt Banana Bread but way better. And much less healthy…

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.

Close up view of inside of sliced banana bread with nuts.

Buttermilk 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 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 banana on a pan lined with foil

brown butter in a stainless steel pot

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.

banana bread batter in glass bowl

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.

banana bread batter in loaf pan

baked banana bread in loaf pan

Common questions about Best Ever Banana Nut 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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This Best EVER Banana Bread recipe is the only one you will ever need!

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.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Yields: 10 servings
Calories: 302
Author: Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

  • 4 large very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  • Leave bananas in the peel and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely.
  • 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.
  • Lightly grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove the bread and cool completely on a wire rack. 

Make ahead tip

  • 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. 
  • Baked and cooled bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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. 
Inspired by Simply Recipes

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 112mg | Sugar: 10g

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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138 Comments

  • Ginger Lewis

    It would be helpful if you gave an approximate cup equivalent of the 3 large bananas. I usually buy small to medium bananas and freeze any that become over ripe. I will just have to give my best guess as to how many bananas I should use.

  • Sam

    Hi Jen,

    I tried this recipe to a Tee! And the crust was quite delicious.. but the inside was VERY dense. Almost oily like when squeezed, it doesn’t look fluffy like your photo. What did I do wrong? Did I beat the mixture for too long perhaps? Not enough flour?

    Please kindly let me know any tips you may have for lighter fluffier banana bread.

    Thanks!

    • Jen

      It’s really hard for me to say what you did wrong because I was not in the kitchen with you to see you make it. If the bread was dense, perhaps you used too much flour or over baked it. You could have also overmixed it which would make it tough. I have no idea why your bread was oily. Banana bread should be moist but I’ve never had it come out oily. I’m sorry, I wish I could be more helpful.

  • Heather Heatwole

    I am in the process of making this now. I think it would have been helpful if you had said that things needed doing in advance! I have the bananas in the oven roasting, but it says to then cool completely. Also, the butter needs to be heated and then cooled. This means you can’t go ahead and make the mix up for some time. Maybe I should have read the recipe through first so that I knew bananas needed to be done a long way in advance. Hopefully, the result will be worth it!

    • Jen

      It is always best to read through any recipe before beginning the process of making it. With that said, the bananas do not take long to cool down and you can speed this up by putting them in the refrigerator. While the bananas are roasting, make the browned butter so they both can cool down at the same time. It’s really not that long of a process and certainly well worth it to avoid scrambling the eggs by adding in hot ingredients.

  • Heather

    Hi all, I really love to cook, but when it comes to baking, I’m just not the best at it. I LOVE banana bread and have tried a handful of recipes, but I can’t ever seem to get it right. I tried this recipe today (the ingredients sounded so delicious!) I followed the recipe exactly except I didn’t have any light brown sugar and used dark. I checked the bread at 45 minutes and the toothpick was slightly sticky so I put it in for another 5 minutes. Resulting in it being just slightly over done. The flavor was good, but it’s dry. I said all that to say this happens EVERY TIME I make banana bread, no matter the recipe. Can anyone give me a few pointers or tell me what it is I’m doing wrong? Thanks!

    • Jen

      You could possibly be adding too much flour. Make sure you are using the proper measuring technique. I have an article on how to measure flour. It may be helpful.

      Your oven could also be the issue. Sometimes the temperature can be off or there could be hot spots within. Use an oven thermometer to make sure the oven temperature is correct.

      Also, with this particular banana bread, the bananas are roasted before going into the batter. This softens the bananas and makes them “juicy”. Try not to lose those juices as you cut the skin open to scrape the banana into the batter.

    • Jen

      That’s a really good question! I’ve never roasted a frozen banana so I can’t answer this with confidence. But, I would imagine that you could as long as the skin is intact. I would try it without thawing them first. I’m actually going to test this theory to see which is the better option!

      • Cat

        I used whole frozen bananas and baked them (thawed for maybe 10 min while heating up the oven) and I used them still warm without mashing before. It absolutly worked and I can’t wait to take the bread out of the oven…Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • Yesica

    This is my first time, but it works. Thanks Jen for the recipe. Thats a good idea to bake the banana first. I really enjoy the cake, and so my baby 🙂

  • Theresa

    Delicious bread, great with coffee. I found an article on banana bread from epicurios, which listed the”must do’s” for flavorful, moist banana bread; and your recipe included them all. In wanting a bit more depth to the flavor, I’ll replace the buttermilk with Greek yogurt or sour cream next time. I baked the bread for 45 minutes, checked for doneness, baked another 10, and it was perfect. It looks just like yours! Easy to follow, consistent recipe. Thanks!

  • Myra

    Absolutely the best banana bresd I’ve ever made. The smell, texture and taste. My taste buds and tummy is rejoicing. Thanks Jen for an amazing recipe.

  • Vanitha

    Looks amazing!! Love bananas and I have always loved them in muffins and quick breads. Interesting that you have roasted the bananas!!! A must try method.

  • Alyssa

    This was amazing! I think I slightly overcooked it by going to the full 65 minutes, but it was still very good!

  • Erin

    This bread is AMAZING! My mom said it’s the best she’s ever had. There’s very little added sugar, so you really taste the sweetness of the roasted bananas. The browned butter adds a really nice touch. Will definitely make again!

  • Kay

    This truly is the BEST banana bread ever! I’m a novice baker, but this recipe was easy to make. The bread is flavorful, moist, and delicious. The roasted bananas added a richness that lingers after every bite. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jill

    I am making this right now and plan to slice it and warm the slices in my waffle maker in the AM. Can’t wait to try it.