THE Banana Bread

Two banana bread recipes back to back! I honestly cannot decide which one is my favourite! For me, it’s probably this one. But my 6-Bananas Banana Bread is also completely amazing. I tend to switch it up and make both recipes from time to time.

Hope you give both a try!

Look at just how moist it is!

Banana Bread

Recipe by Ellen


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  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 cup sugar (I often use less, such as 3/4 cup)

  • ½ cup oil

  • ½ tsp kosher salt

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 1 cup mashed very ripe Bananas (ideally frozen and thawed) – that’s about 4

  • 1 tbsp vanilla

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup walnut pieces (optional- if you use it, dust it with a little bit of your flour mixture, this way they don’t sink to the bottom)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease and line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, with sides of parchment overhanging from the pan so you can easily remove your bread later.
  • Measure flour by spooning it gently into your cups, measure, level off with a butter knife without compressing it, and add to a small bowl.
  • Add baking soda to the flour and mix it in.
  • Whisk sugar, oil, and kosher salt well.
  • Add sour cream, vanilla, and bananas and mix well.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Don’t beat too hard after you add the eggs, as you don’t want too much air incorporated.
  • Sift your flour mixture into your banana mixture and finish folding the flour well, yet gently, with a flexible rubber spatula. If you wish to add nuts, add them while incorporating your flour into the batter. You don’t want to over-mix as it will be tough and not light and fluffy, but you don’t want chunks of flour.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Run a butter knife under cold water and run it in the middle of your bread lengthwise, about 1 cm deep. It will cause the bread to break in the center rather than all over, making it more visually appealing.
  • Bake for around 60 minutes. 55-62 minutes should be the range. Start checking after 55 minutes and remove from the oven when the bread passes the toothpick test (toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, but not better.)
  • Lift the bread out of the pan with the parchment paper. And cool completely on wire racks. Serve with softened butter, if you like, and enjoy.

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  1. I’ve been making banana bread for over 40 years, but always looking for the perfect recipe. THE Banana Bread recipe is it! It’s been a long search, but it’s finally over. This is the recipe that will be the family keeper. Thanks, Ellen!

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