Super Moist Banana Bread

Super Moist Banana Bread

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This banana bread recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted and will melt in your mouth at first bite. Not only is it sweet and moist (you’ll love the hint of cinnamon) but quick and easy to make! It’s perfect for everyone with a healthy option that uses honey instead of sugar. Most homemade bread recipes take hours to make but this one is fast and simple because there’s no yeast and no kneading. It’s perfect for breakfast, snack or as a dessert…and there may not be any leftovers after your first bite. So what are you waiting for? Grab your loaf pan and let’s get baking!

collage of pictures - banana bread on a plate with two slices cut and loaf of cooked banana bread in bread pan

Loaf of banana bread on a plate with two slices cut

This has been my go-to banana bread recipe for years. Whenever I have bananas that are almost past the point of no return, I whip out this recipe. Not only do I love the fact that it takes under 15 minutes to get this bread in the oven but it also freezes well which makes it perfect to make and enjoy later!

loaf of cooked banana bread in a bread pan Our favorite way to eat banana bread is warm with a dollop of butter! How do you like to eat your banana bread?


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  1. Andrea

    Oh my, that is a pretty loaf of bread! I love the fact that the recipe doesn’t call for butter. I like to add chocolate chips to my banana bread. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson05-21-2014

      Thank you Andrea! Chocolate chips added to this recipe sounds fabulous, and I might just have to try it next time I make it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Ashley

      Anyone know what sugar to use?

      • Tshanina Peterson
        Tshanina Peterson02-25-2016

        I used granulated sugar, Ashley!

  2. Bethany

    We love banana bread with Nutella! :D

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-08-2014

      Oh my, that sounds wonderful, Bethany! I love anything Nutella!

  3. Frankie

    This recipe is wonderful. I made banana bread last night and it is so delicious! Thank you for sharing this!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-06-2014

      You’re more than welcome, Frankie. I’m excited to hear that it turned out well for you!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  4. Kelli

    I just made this banana bread today. Very good and moist! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-17-2014

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kelli!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Taylor

    I’m making this recipe right now! Hopefully it knocks my husband’s socks off!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-23-2014

      I hope it does too, Taylor!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  6. Valerie

    I have tried many banana bread recipes and this one is a keeper! I used 1/2 T of cinnamon instead of 1 T and added 1/2 cup of walnuts. Thank you for posting!!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson01-05-2015

      I bet it was yummy with the walnuts, Valerie! Thanks for the wonderful compliment!

  7. Jessica

    Omg this was absolutely fabulous! I am currently studying in Italy and my roommates and I were dying for some good banana bread! It was difficult to get the baking power because it’s not like America and we had to use a little less oil because it is a lot stronger here. All in all this was so good and I am so happy it turned out good! We added the cinnamon and felt it was the perfect touch! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-15-2015

      I’m so excited to hear that you enjoyed it, Jessica. (How neat that you found it from Italy.)

      Thank you so much stopping by!

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  9. joyceb

    I have bananas going brown, so guess what we will have for breakfast tomorrow!

    This recipe looks quite easy. I always add nuts to my banana bread. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson04-25-2015

      Yum, Joyce! This recipe is perfect if you’d like to add nuts to it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Dorothy Edwards
    Dorothy Edwards05-04-2015

    How long do you cook it if you split it into two smaller loaf pans?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson05-04-2015

      Hi Dorothy,

      To be totally honest, I’m not 100% sure. I would say 20-30 minutes, or until your cake tester comes out clean.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the bread!

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  12. Clayton

    What kind of oil do you use?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson06-12-2015

      I generally use vegetable or olive oil, but you can use whatever you have on hand.

      Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your banana bread!

  13. Kim

    I ran out of eggs and had to use cornstarch. I sure hope it’s good still! It smells heavenly!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson06-30-2015

      I hope it turned out yummy for you, Kim! Oh how I love the smell of banana bread in the oven. ;o)

  14. Jackie

    I’m wanting to try it with applesauce instead of the oil today. I do this for cakes. What do you think?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-01-2015

      I think applesauce would work great, Jackie!

      Please let us know how it turns out.

  15. Carolyn

    Not sure what I did wrong, but I cooked my loaf for 90 minutes before finally pulling it out of the oven. I waited a few minutes, then dumped it out of the loaf pan & it sort of flattened out on the cooling rack. Still slightly doughy in the center but dark & almost burnt on the outside. I used a glass loaf pan & haven’t had problems with my oven.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-08-2015

      I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t turn out, Carolyn! I hope you’ll try again.

  16. Andi

    I was short one banana so I added a handful of sweet cherries that were in the fruit bowl. I prefer to add walnuts but I am the only one in the house who likes nuts :(

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-08-2015

      Andi, I bet the cherries gave it some wonderful flavor. (I’m all about improvising and using what I have on-hand!)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Nicolina

    The bread smells amazing, but next time I’d use butter instead of oil and at least 1/3 cup brown sugar in addition to the white. I like how quick it was to prepare!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-11-2015

      Hopefully it tasted as yummy as it smelled, Nicolina! ;o)

  19. Holly

    This looks wonderful! Can I use butter instead of oil? I’m out of it at the moment. Would I use the same amount? Thanks!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-17-2015

      I would think so, Holly! (Although I’ve never tried it with this recipe, I’ve substituted oil in other recipes that call for butter.) And, yes, I would use the same amount.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Kerry Gogler
    Kerry Gogler08-03-2015

    WOW! What a beautiful banana bread. I made this to take to work and toast it but I have to admit to slicing the ends off and spreading with butter while it was still warm. Those crunchy ends were amazing. I only added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon which turned out to be perfect for me. This is such an easy and delicious bread and I can’t wait to try it again with some walnuts. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-05-2015

      Warm with butter is definitely the best way to eat this yummy bread!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and are looking forward to making it again. Thanks for stopping by, Kerry!

  21. Kin

    This bread looks delicious, I never make banana bread before.

    In your last step, ” add the dry ingredients to your banana mixture, stir just until moistened.

    Is the mixing method same as muffin mixing method, don’t over mix? Thanks

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-17-2015

      Hi Kim, this is such an easy recipe and you should definitely try to make it.

      To be totally honest, I’ve probably mixed it longer than “just until moistened.” That being said, I don’t think you can overmix it.


  22. Ashley

    i don’t have a cooling rack.. Is it ok to just let cool on a towel?!! And does this just make one loaf?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-24-2015

      Hi Ashley! I would cool it on a plate instead of a towel (it might stick to the towel). And, yes, it makes one loaf.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!

  23. Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess
    Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess08-31-2015

    Looks so moist and delicious!! Love banana bread, thanks for sharing.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-01-2015

      You’re going to love it, Kim! And even better than the taste, it’s super easy to make!

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  25. Amber

    A great addition to banana bread is adding some peanut butter chips. Yummy!!!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson10-10-2015

      Love that idea, Amber!

      • Cheri

        May I use self rising flour instead of all purpose?

        • Tshanina Peterson
          Tshanina Peterson11-15-2018

          Yes you can, Cheri. Just don’t include the baking powder and salt when using the self rising flour.

  26. Eylia

    Hello there. Iv tried your recipe last night and it turned out great! My daughter loves it. It was a surprise the recipe was so easy and definitely i’ll make it again. Furthermore this was my first time making banana bread 😀

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson10-24-2015

      Yay for you for making your first loaf of banana bread, Eylia! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  27. Maria B.
    Maria B.10-24-2015

    I just made this and I used zea flour which is gluten free (gluten intolerant), brown sugar and Koko butter which is dairy free as I eun out of coconut oil. It’s in the oven right now will let you know how it turns out. Looks amazing so far and love the addition of a full tbsp of cinnamon as I love anything with cinnamon!!! Thanks for the recipe. <3


    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson10-28-2015

      I look forward to hearing how it turned out, Maria!

    • Melanie

      Would love to know how this turned out. Due to health reasons I am currently having to start eating more gluten & dairy free. I tried a “premixed” gluten flour a while ago on some regular bread & did NOT like the texture at all. It was very gritty.

  28. Stephanie G.
    Stephanie G.11-11-2015

    I have been searching for a great banana bread recipe, and I finally found it in your recipe. The only change I made was making it into muffins(baked 18 mins), because I couldn’t find my load pan. This has great banana flavor, and the hint of cinnamon adds a great warmth. Just amazing. Thank you.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-13-2015

      (Big grins!) I’m so excited to hear this. Muffins are just as yummy. :o)

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  29. Anna

    I’m sorry to say that this recipe did not turn out well for me. I make a lot of dessert breads and was really hoping I would like this recipe because it has so few ingredients. But it came out a little too dense for my liking, and maybe the bananas I had were too mild in flavor but it was really missing something in the taste.
    But thank you for sharing!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-03-2015

      I’m sorry to hear that, Anna!

  30. Jim

    This came out really excellent! I was looking for a recipe and this was suggested to me. I was skeptical at first, but Moosewood’s looked needlessly complex. Another called for seven eggs!!!! This was perfect. I added a tablespoon of buckwheat. We used earth balance shortening sticks instead of oil. I realized my husband had melted a whole stick instead of half, and I had put in almost the whole thing, maybe 3/4 cup instead of the half cup we needed. So I added another couple of tablespoons of flour and kept my fingers crossed. Also added chopped walnuts and a few chocolate chips. Cooked at 325ºF in a convection oven for the full 50 minutes and it really was just perfect. We were worried because our bananas were only barely ripe, but it’s what we had, but it was just fine. It was great both hot and cold.

    • Jim

      Oops, I mean I think I added about 3/8 cup of fat instead of 1/4.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson01-25-2016

      Hi Jim! I’m so happy to hear that you liked this recipe and were able to add a few ingredients to make it your own.

  31. Lauren

    Thank you for this recipe!! This was only my second time baking homemade banana bread and I enjoyed this recipe much more than the first one. Except my bread didn’t come out exactly right & I followed all the ingredients & instructions. My bread didn’t rise much and the center has a fudgy texture similar to the batter. I also baked it in a glass bread pan…could this have something to do with the texture? Do u think I should bake it longer or a different temperature? Just asking for some pointers cause I would like to bake this again in hopes it would have a more bread like texture.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson02-04-2016

      Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Lauren!

      It sounds like it needs to be cooked a bit longer. (I would try that first before changing the oven temperature.) Cook an additional 5 minutes at a time. I also recommend using a cake tester (or even a knife) so that you can test to see if it’s finished baking or not.

      Happy baking! :o)

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  33. Ashley

    Hey! Olive oil or vegetable oil for this recipe?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-10-2016

      Hi Ashley! I generally use vegetable oil, but I’ve also used olive oil.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  34. The Better Baker
    The Better Baker06-14-2016

    I love a super moist banana bread and will definitely have to try this. Would love for you to share this at our Weekend Potluck party that begins on Friday mornings…please join us and share. Thanks –

  35. Jess

    Hi there! Love this recipe thanks – Could you substitue the white flour with wholemeal do you think? Have you tried that? How much wholemeal flour do you think?Thanks!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-15-2016

      I’ve never worked with wholemeal flour before so I don’t know, Jess!

      If you try it please let us know though!

  36. Charlotte

    DO you think it would work with maple syrup instead of sugar? Thanks :)

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson10-24-2016

      I’ve tried it with honey and it worked well, Charlotte!

      If you do end up trying it with maple syrup I’d love to know how it turns out!

  37. Erica

    As someone who has tried numerous banana bread recipes, I was excited to try this one because of how moist it looks. I followed the recipe exactly except I used olive oil instead of vegetable because I was out of vegetable oil and saw in the comments that it could be made with olive oil instead. The bread turned out looking beautiful but tasted awful. I don’t know what went wrong. I suspect it’s because of too much baking powder, but I added a teaspoon and a half just like you said. How come mine turned out bad?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-29-2016

      I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you, Erica.

      I know that when I’ve baked with olive oil in the past the recipe ended up tasting a bit different. I’d love for you to try it again using the vegetable oil.

    • Julie

      Next time substitute applesauce for the oil. It makes it low-fat and the texture Is amazing you can also use less sugar

  38. sg

    LOVE ALL UR recipes tried em all esp the slowcooker manicotti grt! my granddon always wanted my homemademanicotti or lasagna but [email protected] age dont have energu to make my own padta etc BUT DID TRY ur recipes&its a keeper now since my grdson didnt even notice difference b/w homemade & easy bought ingred thx& God bless u&urs !!!

  39. Ricky R.Estrada
    Ricky R.Estrada11-14-2017

    Just finished making my own banana bread and letting it cool right now.

  40. Robyn

    I subbed maple syrup for sugar AND unsweetened applesauce for oil and love how this came out. Firm on the outside and moist on the inside. I ate it by itself but plan to have a piece with a nice cup of tea and maybe some butter or almond butter. Do you think almond flour could sub for all purpose?

  41. Moira

    Could I add chocolate chips into the recipe if I wanted 🙂

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-08-2018

      Yes, you absolutely can! Enjoy!

    • Moira

      I Made it today (Friday 9th) absolutely gorgeous. I’m glad I came across this recipe 👍❤

      • Tshanina Peterson
        Tshanina Peterson03-21-2018

        Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know, Moira!

  42. Julie

    I make this exact same recipe, with the exception I use two egg whites instead of the egg, and substitute applesauce for the oil for a low-fat version it comes out fantastic

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-26-2018

      Wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  43. Jeffrey Pinto
    Jeffrey Pinto07-27-2018

    I was looking specifically for a recipe that said to use oil and I’m glad I came across your recipe
    I just took it out of the oven and the smell wafting through the house is amazing. Thanks for the recipe. By the way I was running short of a banana so put in a little yogurt and used brown sugar and some walnuts.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-01-2018

      I’m so glad you found it too, Jeffrey. And I love how you mixed it up and added what you had on hand – that’s my favorite way to cook!

  44. Meredith

    Am i able to do it with 4 bananas instead of 3? Would i need to change the rest of the ingredients?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-01-2018

      Yes, I think it’ll be just fine using 4 bananas.

  45. Joanne

    How long should I leave in the oven if using a bunt pan

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-28-2018

      I would start checking to see if it’s done after 25-30 minutes of cooking. If it’s not done, add five minutes. Repeat this process until it’s a perfect golden brown and the cake tester comes out clean. Happy baking!

  46. Michel Gusmano
    Michel Gusmano09-05-2018

    What size loaf pan did you use?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-07-2018

      I use a 9 x 5 loaf pan, Michel!

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