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Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe

4.5 from 255 votes
Get my chef-tested secrets and make this easy banana bread recipe featuring sweet banana flavor, a brown tender crust, and soft cake-like interior.
Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe - Incredibly moist and soft, this Banana bread really is the best recipe I have ever tried!!!

Hi Bold Bakers!

When it comes to comfort baking there is just nothing that can be compared to classic, easy Banana Bread recipe. Something about that toasty, sweet smell that fills the house always gets me. Banana Bread tends to be one of those recipes that you need a master recipe for, one that never fails you. If you’re like me you probably have your mum’s or granny’s Banana Bread recipe written on a scrap piece of paper that you occasionally misplace and then freak out when you can’t find it!

Well, freak out no more because I have your go-to, never-fail Best Ever Banana Bread recipe right here.

My Banana Bread Recipe Secrets

I have tried and tested so many Banana Bread recipes throughout my career. After time spent working in pastry and baking in restaurants to working in catering and now for myself, I have taken the best parts of all of the Banana Bread recipes I’ve ever created and combined them into one Best Banana Bread Recipe. Keep reading to find out the secrets to how you can get the best results.

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How Do You Make Banana Bread

When I think of Homemade Banana Bread I think of the sweet hearty banana flavor, a brown toasty crust, and a tender cake-like interior. To achieve that result, this recipe perfectly combines wholesome simple ingredients like sweet cinnamon, milk, ripe bananas, and a not so common ingredient: hearty oats.

The rolled oats soak up all the moisture and make for soft and moist banana bread. This recipe contains eggs, but if you don’t eat eggs you can use my egg substitute chart for baking. Once you combine your wet and dry ingredients, make sure you only fold them together so you don’t over mix the batter and make it tough.

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Making a Really Moist Banana Bread

In addition to adding oats to this recipe, flavorless oil like vegetable oil helps ensure you’ll get a really moist result. And here’s another secret trick: once you bake your banana bread, and you see a lovely golden brown color on top, take your bread out of the oven and cover it with aluminum foil while it’s still warm. Covering the bread with foil will steam the cake to make it extra soft and delicious, giving you a sticky top like you’d find in a gingerbread.

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If you’re craving some serious home-baked comfort food, I have you and your family covered with this recipe. Make sure to cut thick slices and enjoy it simply with butter. Once you give this Best Ever Banana Bread recipe a try, this will be your new go-to recipe.

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What if I’m gluten-free? Try the Best Gluten Free Banana Bread!

A lot you may be wondering how to make a banana bread gluten free and a little lower in sugar. Since swapping gluten-free flour for all-purpose can be a bit of a gamble, Bigger Bolder Baking‘s alternative baker Liv created an awesome recipe using alternative ingredients. This is the Best Gluten Free Banana Bread, made with a monkfruit sugar substitute, almond flour, and coconut flour, and this low sugar and low carb banana bread is great for everyone.

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This recipe does use eggs, but even the eggs in the bread can be replaced with flax egg making the bread entirely vegan.

How to Make A Chocolate Banana Bread

You can add chocolate chips to either of the above banana bread recipes, but for those of you that are chocoholics like me, I’ve created a recipe for a true chocolate banana bread! This Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread is not your average, as it has benefits! This bread combines a hefty 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, ground flax, coconut sugar, and coconut oil to make a nourishing and rich bread.

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The banana lightly sweetness the bread and the addition of chocolate chips make this the most satisfying breakfast, snack and of course dessert!

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Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe

4.5 from 255 votes
Get my chef-tested secrets and make this easy Banana Bread Recipe featuring sweet banana flavor, a brown tender crust, and soft cake-like interior.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 -10
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Get my chef-tested secrets and make this easy Banana Bread Recipe featuring sweet banana flavor, a brown tender crust, and soft cake-like interior.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients

  • cups (7 ½ oz/ 213g) all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup (2¼oz/64g) rolled oats (preferably quick-cooking)
  • cup (5oz/142g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup (21/2floz/71ml) milk
  • ¼ cup (2floz/57ml) flavorless oil (canola, vegetable, sunflower oil)
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas , mashed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C)
  • Prepare a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, oats, sugar, cinnamon, and salt)
  • In a large bowl, combine your wet ingredients (eggs, milk, oil, vanilla, and mashed bananas)
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix by hand just until combined. Do not over mix as this can make the banana bread tough.
  • Pour the banana bread batter into the pan and bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Enjoy!
  • Store at room temperature wrapped in cling wrap for up to 3 days.

 

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Linh
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Linh
2 days ago

Hi Gemma,
What would be a good egg substitute for this recipe?

Thank you

Fatima
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Fatima
7 days ago

Hi ..I’m a new to baking..can u tell me which settings to use in electric oven..bottom n top or just bottom with/without fan?
Thanks Gemma I love your recipes specially the crazy cupcake and mugcakes.my 5yr old son is a big fan of yours..

Project Workout
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Project Workout
11 days ago

Hello,
Are there any adjustments for high altitude? Im in CO, about 6000 feet.
Thanks 🙂

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Betty Siemers
14 days ago

I make this at least once a week, it’s incredibly delicious and super easy to bake. I can’t wait for next week so I can bake another.

Merci Gemma

Nellyra
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Nellyra
24 days ago

Delicious!!

cindyg88
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cindyg88
1 month ago

The name of this recipe says it all. I’ve tried many banana bread recipes, but this is ‘the best.’ The cinnamon is very refreshing. Thanks Gemma!

Monica
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Monica
1 month ago

Thank you Gemma for helping a novice (like me and I am sure many others) so confident to want to continue trying baking! Just made this banana bread and it was a success! Tried a few other of your recipes and all so easy and good!

Alex
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Alex
1 month ago

Hello Gemma, I made yesterday this recipe but my bread didn’t rise like at all, it was quite flat compared to the one you made in the video, the flavor was very great though, so what could have been wrong? The only thing that could possibly been different is that I used 3 bananas that I think were smaller than the ones you used. Thank you as always for your recipe and I’m impatient to try it again ;D

Amnah
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Amnah
2 months ago

Hi gemma,
I was wondering if i could crush the oats? As in use oat flour instead of oats, would it make a difference to the taste other than the texture? I really dont feel like adding the oats just like that

Tabassum Siraj
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Tabassum Siraj
2 months ago

I made this recipe whenever I have bananas. I am really sorry that I couldn’t thank you earlier. I tried many of your recipes and they were awesome. I was always so nervous before to try baking but now I don’t hesitate to try something new. You have helped so much to gain my confidence. One of the reasons I couldn’t write to you earlier because I am not very well expressing my thoughts into words but deep down I have thanked you a million trillion times. Thanks a lot :).

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