Banana Bread covered with oats on a slate serving plate next to a brown towel and a bread knife on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Banana Bread

Banana bread is so easy to make, and a great way to use up any overripe bananas. Make this for a late-night snack or for a yummy breakfast.

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It’s rare, but every now and then we have bananas that start to get overripe. And what better to make with them than banana bread? My boys would eat banana bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I let them. So no worries about it not getting eaten here.

We have tried a few ways to make banana bread, but always end up going back to the same recipe. My Aunt Shawn gave me the recipe when I lived with them in college. She always loads hers up with cinnamon, which is what we prefer as well. We made it once without much cinnamon and it didn’t have as much flavor. I’ve also seen recipes with chocolate chips. While it was yummy, they added more sugar than we need. The bread is already sweet enough without chocolate chips.

As soon as we have bananas that start to get spotty the boys ask if we can save them to make banana bread. They know that we need three, and will make sure to count them out.

Both of the boys also like to help make the banana bread. There are quite a few ingredients that have to be dumped into the stand mixer so they can easily help. I have them get their stools from the bathroom and then take turns pouring or dumping things in the mixer and turning it on. The only thing I usually do is the bananas just because they are squishy and messy.

I find using the stand mixer is the easiest way to make banana bread. But you can make it with an electric hand mixer or stir by hand. It’s quite a bit of stirring, but it gives a great arm workout!!

Step by Step

Start by preheating the oven to 350F and lightly greasing a loaf pan. Then use a mixer to combine the butter and sugar.

Sugar and butter creamed together on a wire whisk in a metal stand mixer on a white and grey marble surface

Add in the eggs and stir until it’s well blended.

Liquid ingredients for banana bread mixed into creamed sugar in a stand mixer on a white and grey surface

Stir in the bananas and water and beat for at least 30 seconds. The bananas will be well combined in the batter.

Bananas mixed into bread batter in a stand mixer on a white and grey marble surface

Slowly add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Continue to mix until there are no more lumps, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Banana bread batter mixed together with a wire whisk in a stand mixer on a white and grey marble surface

Pour the bread batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for about 70 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Recently, we have started sprinkling oats over the top of the bread and really like how it tastes.

Let the bread cool for about 20-30 minutes, then serve warm with a bit of butter, if desired. Cover and keep at room temperature for a few days.

Banana Bread covered with oats on a slate serving plate next to a brown towel and a bread knife on a wooden surface (vertical)


Originally Published On: September 8, 2016

Last Updated On: July 27, 2019

Banana Bread covered with oats on a slate serving plate next to a brown towel and a bread knife on a wooden surface

Banana Bread

Banana bread is so easy to make, and a great way to use up any overripe bananas. Make this for a late-night snack or for a yummy breakfast.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
5 from 11 votes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas (overripe, smashed)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Cinnamon (to taste)


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease loaf pan
  • Mix sugar and butter in bowl
  • Stir in eggs until well blended
  • Add bananas and water, then beat for 30 seconds
  • Stir in remaining ingredients
  • Pour into loaf pan
  • Bake about 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
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Nutrition Facts
Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

48 thoughts on “Banana Bread”

  1. One of my very favorite smells is baking bread, banana, and pumpkin the very most. My son and I have been cooking together ever since he was little and needed a stool to reach too. He’s fourteen now and we still cook together all the time. It’s a great way to spend some quality time together.
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Lots of cinnamon sounds fantastic to me!

  2. I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove making and eating banana bread with my mom when I was younger. But, since college, I have a banana allergy and it is really bad. I wish I could get rid of the allergy so I can make and eat all the banana bread in the world.

  3. 5 stars
    I loooove banana bread!! Whenever we go to costco I always grab their banana nut bread. this recipe is everything I need in life right now

    1. It’s one of our favorite recipes and most-made. I am making another loaf later today since we have a few bananas ready. You could easily add nuts to this recipe, we just don’t since the kids and I don’t like it.

  4. My cousin make me a Banana bread last week. because banana bread is my favorite breakfast meal 🙂 This is really great post! Your banana bread look yummy <3

  5. 5 stars
    My son’s favorite. One of the very first baking recipes I learned since I dread baking. I did it so that I can let my son bring it as a snack in school.

    1. We add chocolate chips sometimes, too. My oldest son, the one with the sweet tooth between the two, asks every time. I don’t allow it all the time, but it’s great for a treat now and then.

  6. 5 stars
    Aww this is my all time favorite treat!!!! I used to love making this with my mama as a little girl so much! I’m going to try your recipe with my little boy !

  7. 5 stars
    yum! Banana bread is the all time fave comfort food! This recipes looks amazing, I need to try it out! Tea and a good book with my banana bread and happy times!

    1. We do chocolate chips in addition to the cinnamon, too. I’ve always made it with cinnamon since that’s my family thing. I’ve had it without and it just tastes plain, so if you start with cinnamon you may not go back!

  8. I’m in agreement with your boys, banana bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Did you add nuts or are those little chucks of banana? Either way- yum!

  9. 5 stars
    This has to be one of my favourite snacks coming back home form a busy school day! With all the running around and I can’t believe I haven’t even considered having this option as a snack for my girls! Thank you so much for this reminder!

  10. 5 stars
    Oh yummmy! I never knew how good banana bread was until I had those old, spotted bananas I was getting ready to throw away. I make this mostly during the holidays and everyone loves it. When it’s hot, it’s oh so yummy. Thanks for sharing. As always, I want to eat right off your page.

  11. Using the stand mixer is really the way to good. Ever since I got one for Christmas I have used it for everything. I should try this recipe, I have a few bananas getting ripe on my counter.

  12. banana bread is probably my biggest baked good weakness! I love it so much and I haven’t made it in forever. This inspires me!

  13. 5 stars
    I love a good banana bread recipe! I will definitely try out your recipe. It’s one of my favorites!

  14. This recipe reminds me of my mom so much since she loves making banana bread. I would love to try this recipe and surprise her! She will love it

  15. Banana bread is one of my hubby’s favorites!!!! I make it for him all the time. I will have to give your version a try. Yummy.

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