The Best Banana Bread Ever

Unfortunately, year-round pumpkin bread isn’t a possibility for most of us. Very fortunately though, there are some other awesome quickbreads that work beautifully as either breakfast or dessert. One of my all-time favorites: banana bread.

Just about everybody out there has had banana bread before–its a favorite for so many people for good reason. One of the problems with such popularity though is that there’s also many a banana bread recipe out there that kind of give banana bread a bad name. You know the kind–those fruit breads where, that, no matter what the fruit is, all taste exactly the same? All you taste is semi-moist bread and a bunch of spice, usually stale nutmeg? Kind of a downer. Apples don’t taste like bananas–why should they in bread?

This banana bread is nothing of the sort. I derived my recipe from this one and fell in love. Aside from the beautiful look and texture of this bread, the final result succeeded beautifully in the most important way of judging any banana bread: it tasted very fully of banana! To keep things interesting, the bread also has walnuts and chocolate chunks mixed in. Something I considered that my mom does (but didn’t get around to this time) was adding a crumbly sweet streusel topping on the surface of the bread, but honestly, it didn’t need it (but if you have an insatiable sweet tooth or want to make this a dessert, it would make for a great flourish). The only difficulty with this bread is keeping other prying hands from tearing through your loaf before you get your fair share.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Cream the butter

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the room temperature butter. Add in the sugar until well incorporated followed by the eggs, one at a time.

Mash the banana

Meanwhile, mash up 3 of the ripe bananas into a mushy pulp. Beat this, the lemon juice, and vanilla extract into the egg bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet to form the banana bread batter

Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

In another bowl, mix a tablespoon of the flour mixture with the chocolate chips, crushed walnuts, and sliced pieces of the remaining banana (I like chunks so you get bursts of stronger banana flavor). Adding the flour like this helps to suspend the solids within the bread batter later, preventing them from sinking right to the bottom which would make for a disappointing slice of banana bread.

Finally, add the flour bowl into the wet bowl and beat only as much as is necessary to combine.

Banana bread ready for the oven

With the banana bread batter ready to go, fold the contents of the walnut bowl into the batter.

Grease your bread pan with butter and pour in the batter. If you’re like me and have a bread pan that is a smidge too small (why did I buy this dumb thing?!), you’ll have some extra batter. I usually use this to make one or two muffins. Bake the bread for 1 hour (or until a tester comes out clean) in a 350°F oven (if doing muffins, ~30 minutes is more appropriate).

Loaf of banana bread fresh out of the oven

Finally, give the bread some time to cool down after the oven, and either dig in now, or save it for breakfast during the week (like me!). Whenever you dig in, enjoy!

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32 Responses to “The Best Banana Bread Ever”

  1. Steph Says:

    I love banana bread, especially when it’s made by creaming butter. I think the lemon is an interesting addition, what flavour does it add to banana bread? I’m going to have to give that a try next time.

  2. the caked crusader Says:

    Must be something in the air at the moment making us all want banana bread! I love it!

  3. Jeff Says:

    Chocolate makes everything taste better. Thanks this is all I needed to see as I sit here and eat granola this morning. :-(

  4. Bellini Valli Says:

    This does look like an excellent recipe Mike with tyhe chocolate chips and walnuts.

  5. Mary Says:

    Oh this looks yummy! I may have to dig out those old bananas in my freezer!

  6. The Duo Dishes Says:

    It’s hard to make a bad banana bread…at least for us. Most of the time, the combinations are right on. This has all of the winning ingredients…chocolate and nuts too.

  7. Seth Says:

    This looks and sounds GOOD! I’m only beginning to start cooking more and have never really baked much of anything but am ready to give this a try.

  8. Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks) Says:

    Looks good, but why can’t you have pumpkin bread all year round? I made some last night in fact.

  9. pam Says:

    This does look like a really good banana bread recipe. I have a bag of bananas in the freezer, just screaming to become this!

  10. Hélène Says:

    I love to make banana bread. With add chocolate chips and butterscotch chips once in a while. Hope the family is doing well.

  11. Heather Says:

    anything becomes “the best” when chocolate chips are added!

  12. Bunny Says:

    With 4 bananas in this YEAH it’s gonna taste like banana!! This is fantastic Mike!

  13. Toni Says:

    Well……yeah! You put chocolate chips in there, dude. Of course it’s the best!

  14. Judy Says:

    Banana Bread is one of my faves!!! I especially love it with it chocolate chips in it!

  15. Dragon Says:

    Chocolate and banana are a great combination. :)

  16. dave Says:

    Great! Thanks for the new recipe. that is a good one. here another great banana bread that I have found:

  17. Jeannie Tay Says:

    Wonder why is it called banana bread when it’s more like banana cake?

  18. Ivy Says:

    Banana bread is one of my favourite cakes. I like the addition of lemon in it.

  19. Sue Says:

    I think I’m going to add toasted coconut to this!

  20. Peter Says:

    I want some banana bread. Made some last week and I forgot the nuts. The nuts are a must!

  21. Jackie @ Says:

    It looks very moist. I wouldn’t mind a piece with a cup of tea.

  22. bird's eye view Says:

    This sounds good – I’ve been craving good banana bread for a while. PS. just posted a recipe that might be a good pie filling

  23. RG Says:

    Made this bread tonight…thankyouthankyouthankyou for posting the recipe! No walnuts, but yes on the chocolate chips. Definitely the best banana bread ever! =)

  24. Nancy Says:

    This is very close to my family recipe so I know it must be great! I like to add a little coconut sometimes to make it more tropical. Yum!

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  27. Detox Diet Recipes Says:

    oh i love to eat bananas raw. i also love foods and recipes with banana in it. they taste very very good

  28. Becca Says:

    This IS the best banana bread ever!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    We’ve been searching for an awesome banana bread recipe and one of my daughters found this one for us. We tried it today and it certainly lives up to the name. Official Bread Lover Mommy approval!

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