Tried and True Banana Bread

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Need a simple banana bread recipe? This one has proven itself to our family for decades!

Need a simple banana bread recipe? This one has proven itself to our family for decades!

My Tried and True Banana Bread

I’ve been making this banana bread recipe for years. I think I may have even made a batch for the fair back when I was in 4-H and doing Bread Baking. I love making things with bananas. They are so inexpensive. I like to buy the overripe ones that are on clearance at the grocery store. I can usually pay less than $0.25 a pound if I get them that way. And in the winter when fruit deals are scarce it’s nice to have something yummy and healthy that you can get a deal on!

The Best Banana Bread Recipe

What you need:

  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 1/4 t. baking powder
  • 1 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2/3 c. butter
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs

Mix together the flour, sugar, powder, soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl mix together the butter, bananas, eggs, and milk.
Mix both mixtures together. Is there anything more beautiful than this dough? It looks like ice cream!
Pour into a greased bread pan. Bake at 350F for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5 from 1 vote

The Best Banana Bread Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs


  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, powder, soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the butter, bananas, eggs, and milk.
  3. Pour into a greased bread pan. Bake at 350F for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Make sure you let it cool in the pan a little while before you take it out otherwise parts of the sides or bottom might come off because they are too hot.

Need more yummy quick breads to make for your family? Here are some of our other favorites!

Do you make banana bread for your family?

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This Banana Bread recipe was originally posted on Little House Living in February 2012. It has been updated as of February 2021.

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  1. This looks yummy! One tip I learned from my mom — You can freeze bananas to use in bread later. So, as we fail to eat a banana before it becomes overripe, I stick that banana in the freezer. Before I know it, I have enough for a batch of bread!

  2. I freeze bananas all the time! That’s why I don’t mind buying the overripe ones at the store because I just throw them in the freezer anyways:)

  3. Do you peel the bananas before freezing? Does it make a difference? I made the Pumkin Bread recipe you posted last week and it was fabulous. Thank you!

    1. I don’t actually. I just throw the whole banana in a large bag I keep in the freezer. I have heard of some people peeling them before though and keeping them in a bag. It works either way!

      1. Hi! Sorry to chime in so late, but just discovered your site (and am having a GREAT time poking around!!). I wanted to offer a third way of freezing bananas, that I’ve had great luck with. If they go black before I have the time/energy to bake, I mash them up as if I were about to bake, doing 2-3 at a time (whatever I would use in an average Banana Bread loaf). Then I put them, mashed, in a zip lock bag, labeling the bag with the date and contents. Then when I’m ready to bake I either toss them in the fridge the night before, or let thaw by filling a bowl w/hot tap water and dropping the bag in it, and change the water a couple times. Both are super easy and give me the bananas when I want them. Thought I’d share 😀

  4. This is perfect timing that you post this today! I just had a friend give me her “over ripe” bananas. She was actually getting ready to throw them in the trash!!! I brought them home, peeled them and tossed them in a ziploc bag. I’m going to be using your recipe to make banana bread to take to home fellowship on Thursday night. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. I’ll be trying this recipe. I have a decent one but always love to try someone else’s recipes too! Can’t wait!! 🙂

  6. Do you have a recipe to make hamburger buns without the bread machine? I don’t have one. Thanks! Just recently found your site and I really enjoy it. Though it is only my husband and I at home now, I do enjoy cooking for others and I’m learning to save money and time. I enjoy making different kinds of jelly and I hope to do some canning this year. Have you ever tried root beer or pink grapefruit jelly?
    Thanks, Darnell

    1. These Burger Buns can be made without a bread machine. Instead of using a Dough cycle you will just need to knead them yourself or with a stand mixer before letting them rise. I haven’t yet made Root Beer or Pink Grapefruit Jelly, I’d like to though!

  7. Is this supposed to go into 1 loaf pan or 2? My pan seemed too full for one pan, but I searched your recipe and it said nothing about 2 pans. However, at about 15 minuted into cooking my pan started overflowing! I have a mess in my oven and have had to stop baking for fear of a fire. Just wondering? I guess I’ll have to use 2 pans next time or search for a much bigger loaf pan, though I’ve never had trouble with this pan in the past being too small for any of my banana bread recipes.

  8. Made 6 muffins and bread/loaf to prevent overflow – was perfect. Cut sugar in half and for my fam will cut down more next time. Great texture! TY!

  9. I am making this today. I happen to have 2 bananas well ripened. I know your recipe will be great. YUM. Thank you for your sharing 🙂 <3

  10. This is a really good recipe for banana bread, or actually any type of fruit or vegetable bread, such as zucchini, which is next on my list. I must confess that I did cut back on the sugar to one cup, as I had a couple of overripe peaches that I wanted to use, and wanted to use some dried cranberries, too. Just threw the bananas and peaches in, mixed it all up, but before baking, I added a cup of coarsely chopped walnuts and pecans mixed, and about half a cup of dried cranberries for sweetness, (since I was using less sugar) and color. It turned out beautiful. Wish I had taken a picture, but it was gone before I thought about it. Just a note, I was glad that I cut back on the sugar, since I added the cranberries.

  11. 5 stars
    This is the best Banana Bread recipe I have come across. It is simple and easy. The bread came out perfect. Thank you!