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Easy Banana Bread

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Norma Jean’s Easy Banana Bread is a classic banana recipe. Six whole pureed bananas and canola oil make this super moist and delicious EVERY time!

Side shot of a stack of banana bread slices, on a wire rack, with a white napkin.

This is another recipe re-do. I posted this banana bread recipe in the beginning phase of blogging. It was my first recipe dedicated to my mom and the photos needed some love.

Because THIS recipe is love.

Mom made banana bread all the time. She made it into loaves, muffins, cake, and bars. You name it, she made it. This is one of those recipes that I’ve made forever, because it’s REALLY easy and delish (every time).

Ingredients for Easy Banana Bread:

Just seven ingredients plus chocolate chips or nuts – which are optional.

  • bananas
  • sugar
  • oil
  • eggs
  • flour
  • salt
  • baking soda

See? So easy. And I’ve NEVER had a dry loaf. You just bake it until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean.

Overhead shot of one and a half loafs of banana bread, on a wire rack placed on a white napkin.

A few Tips for making Epic banana bread:

  • I always make this banana bread in my KitchenAid Mixer, because I like to puree the bananas instead of mashing with a fork. But you could use a hand mixer or even by hand, if you mash the bananas with some elbow grease.
  • You can cut back on the sugar slightly if you’d like. Norma Jean’s recipe (this one!) has plenty, so feel free to adjust and test this out.
  • You can make muffins or cake using this recipe. I often make JUMBO muffins just like Mom did back in the day.
  • Feel free to add nuts or chocolate chips to this recipe. It’s good plain, but sometimes I like to change it up.
  • I recently started making this bread in these loaf pans (you can use two OR three, but the baking time will vary), instead of disposable ones. I love these pans (made in the USA!) and now use them all the time.
  • Watch your baking time. All ovens run slightly different, so make sure you test with a toothpick as it gets close to time.
Side shot of a mixer full of banana bread batter, with a white paddle showing, dripping batter.
Overhead shot of two pans of banana bread batter, ready to go in the oven, on a white background.
Overhead shot of fanned out slices of easy banana bread, on a wire rack.

There are SO many banana bread recipes on the net. But seriously, this one has never failed me. If you know me in person, you’ve probably tried this bread at some function or another.

The other reason I love it so, is because it’s one of the first baking recipes that Mom passed down to me. She had such a way in the kitchen, and it came so easy for her. Mom definitely gave me the cooking/baking gene, and I’m pretty happy about that. Because the kitchen is my favorite place to be.

Overhead shot of slices of easy banana bread on a wire rack, with a white napkin.

Make this bread next: Honey Cinnamon Zucchini Bread

Please let know if you try this recipe. Be sure to comment and leave a review on the blog so I can see what you think. You can also like my Facebook Page, follow me on Pinterest, and catch me on Instagram.

xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of a stack of banana bread slices, on a wire rack, with a white napkin.

Easy Banana Bread

Sue Ringsdorf
A super moist and delicious quick bread made with over-ripe bananas. Perfect every time!
4.75 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 slices (or three loaves)
Calories 146 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 over-ripe bananas
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2.5 cups white flour
  • chocolate chips (optional)
  • nuts (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a stand-up mixer, puree the bananas in the mixer until runny.
  • Add the sugar, oil, and eggs – and mix well.
  • Add salt, baking soda, and flour and mix until just combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and/or nuts if preferred.
  • Pour into three loaf pans. (Or you can make muffins out of this batter as well.)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (depending on your oven) or until toothpick comes out clean. Don’t over-bake.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 189mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword banana bread, easy quick bread, moist banana bread
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40 Comments

  1. Loretta Gilmore says:

    Great Recipe, Enjoyed the simple and tastytasttsyful taste.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Loretta!

  2. JACQUELINE CONCEPCION-OTERO says:

    Hello and than you for sharing your recipe. I would like to switch out the flour to almond flour. How much almond flour would you recommend? And would it change anything else in the recipe?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I have only tested this recipe with all-purpose flour so I can’t recommend those changes for you. Good luck.

  3. Hey Sue, would it be ok to use whole wheat flour for this recipe? Wondering if it would change the taste.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It would definitely change the taste of the bread. I haven’t tested it that way, so let me know if you try it. Thanks!

  4. Hi,my name is Maria. I think your recipe is really easy & looks delicious. I just want to know if those are the 9×5 size loaf pans? Tanx.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Maria. I’ve linked the pans I use in the blog post. Good luck!

  5. The banana bread, I can taste it already, sounds sooo good . Would it be possible to substitute for the eggs and still be very tasty?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I don’t know if you could substitute the eggs with success. This is the only way I’ve tested it.

  6. How long do you bake the muffins?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Jayne, The muffins will take about 17-18 minutes.

  7. Patricia Baker says:

    Looks so yummy. Got your recipe & gonna make them Thank you

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Let me know how it turns out for you!

  8. Doug Peyton says:

    I need some banana bread!

  9. I made this banana bread last night into individual mini loaves some with nuts and some without. May I say my family loved them. They were moist and delicious and tuned out great. I will be making them again. Thank so much for a great recipe.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You’re very welcome, Lisa! So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  10. Julia Gatz says:

    Going to make this bread in next couple days. If i add chocolate chips would you add 1/2 cup or cup? Also do you find breads bake better in glass dishes as compared to metal? Thanks Julie

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I think I’d add a cup of choc chips! I love my USA loaf pans. They bake perfectly every time.

  11. Perfectly Moist!
    I Used 5 bananas, cut the sugar to 1.5 C and added dark chocolate chips. Filled 3 disposable foil pans equally. Everyone enjoyed it and I will make again! P.S. it’s amazing toasted with butter 😊

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Sheri! I’m so glad you enjoyed the banana bread! Thanks for your feedback! 🙂

  12. Robin Piliere says:

    Perfect recipe, although I only had 4 bananas, also, batter only 1/2 filled 2 loaf pans & baked 50 minutes. I added walnuts. Next time, I’ll add chocolate pieces!
    Thank you!
    Robin

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Robin!

  13. wow!!! the banana bread looks soooo delicious and moist!
    i will try it today! i cant wait to see how good it is! thx for sharing Sue!!!
    do u have any like French bread recipes or any easy cake recipes i could try? id love to know! also, i love baking and ive never made banana bread before!
    love you recipes and thx sooooooooooooo much

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Mia! I hope you try the banana bread. Check out my Chewy French Bread recipe for sure. I also love my new Apple Spice Cake. Good luck!

  14. Kimberly Hancock says:

    The best moist banana bread recipe. Follow it to the letter.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Kimberly! I’m so glad you enjoyed the banana bread. It’s our fav!

  15. Payton Lee says:

    Just used this recipe, and it turned out so amazing, I wanted something that didn’t use milk or butter because i’m lactose intolerant and this turned out perfect!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s great! So glad you enjoyed the banana bread, Payton! ?

  16. This recipe is timeless and turns out awesome every time! What an awesome memory to remember the 1st recipe that your Mom shared with you. I can see why she shared it as it tastes amazing and can be eaten in so many settings. Plus, another way to use overripe bananas.

    Your work is impressive and I appreciate the tribute to your Mom. Love your GRIT.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you honey!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much Natalie! I hope you try it! 🙂

  17. Danalea Warrick says:

    30 minutes on the timer until deliciousness. Can’t wait!! Of course I added chocolate chips, Sue! YOLO!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Good choice Danalea! Enjoy!!

  18. Leah Vetter says:

    I tried this recipe as a “thank you” to the three families that hosted my friends and I over Memorial Day weekend. I don’t bake very much, so I was a little bit nervous! I tripled the recipe so that there would be a loaf for each family. I didn’t realize that the recipe already makes three loaves – so I ended up making NINE LOAVES!! Each family got a nut, a chocolate chip, and a plain. Needless to say, it was such a hit that there was only part of a loaf left at the end of the weekend!!!! I will definitely make this again, and am so excited to try all of your other recipes. Thank you so much for sharing, Sue!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh, thank you so much Leah!! I’m so glad you enjoyed NINE loaves!! That’s funny. 🙂

  19. We made 2 loaves and a dozen muffins this morning and we only have half a loaf and 3 muffins left!!! Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad it was a hit! 🙂

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