Here is a simple recipe for making banana bread:
Make sure to use ripe bananas for the best flavor. You can tell that a banana is ripe when the skin is yellow with brown spots.
If you don’t have ripe bananas, you can place them in a 350°F (180°C) oven for about 10 minutes to soften them. This will also bring out their natural sweetness.
Be sure to properly measure the ingredients using a kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons. Accurate measurement is important for the success of any recipe.
Don’t overmix the batter. Mix just until the ingredients are combined and you can’t see any streaks of flour. Overmixing can lead to a dense, tough bread.
You can add nuts, chocolate chips, or other mix-ins to the batter if you like. Just be sure to fold them in gently so they are evenly distributed.
If the top of your banana bread starts to get too brown before the inside is done cooking, you can tent it with foil to prevent further browning.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3-4 bananas)


Step 1
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

Step 2
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Step 3
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

Step 4
Add the mashed bananas to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.

Step 5
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Step 6
Pour the batter into a greased 9x5-inch loaf pan.

Step 7
Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 8
Remove the banana bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.