July 18, 2024

There are thousands of banana bread recipes out there—this is the only one you’ll ever need.

What makes this recipe so good?

For starters, we swap in full-fat sour cream (don’t even think about reaching for low-fat) instead of milk, which we find gives the banana bread a subtle tangy flavor and richer texture.

Instead of adding two eggs (traditional in most banana breads), we use one whole egg plus one egg yolk, which helps make the banana bread extra moist.

How many bananas do I need for banana bread?

Typically 3, unless your bananas are super small, in which case we recommend 4.

Is there a trick to mashing bananas?

Using a fork will do just fine, especially if your bananas are ripe. But, if you want to go the extra mile for extra smooth texture, mash the bananas in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer.

My bananas aren’t totally ripe—how do I get them to ripen faster?

Place them in a brown paper bag on the counter to help speed up ripening.

Can I use frozen bananas?

For sure! Just make sure that when you freeze them, you do so in an air tight freezer bag and they are roughly chopped. Also ensure they are fully thawed before baking.

What mix-ins can I add to this recipe? 

There was much debate in the test kitchen over what constitutes classic mix-ins. In the end, it came down to team walnuts vs. team chocolate chips. So, like any true diplomat, we added both. That way, you’ve got the crunchiness of toasted walnuts and the meltiness of the chocolate going on. If you feel strongly either way, omit one and double the other. Or, skip them both for unadulterated banana goodness. We love folding unsweetened coconut flakes, sesame seeds, pecans, sliced almonds, or dried fruit into the batter, too. Aim for 1 cup of mix-ins total.

How long does banana bread last?

Wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap, banana bread will last up to 5 days. You can freeze banana bread, too, and it will last up to 3 months in the freezer. To freeze, slice and layer in a resealable bag with pieces of wax or parchment paper. (This prevents the slices from freezing together.) To defrost, leave slices on a plate at room temperature for 30 minutes, or toast in a toaster oven and 350º until warmed through.

Have you made this recipe? Let us know how you like it in the comments below, and don’t forget to leave us a rating! 

Editor’s Note: This recipe page was updated on September 24, 2021.

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Parker Feierbach

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