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How to Make Banana Bread with Step by Step Instructions

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Learn How to Make Banana Bread—a High Rising Banana Bread—with these Step-by-Step Instructions that are perfect for beginners. This Easy Banana Bread Recipe is foolproof and will create a beautiful rise with a golden brown top.

The Best of the Quick Breads

Banana Bread is a quick bread and probably one of the most favorite among quick breads. If you are new to baking, you might be wondering what the term “quick bread” means. Well, a quick bread is a bread that can be sweet or savory, and you’ll make the bread with one or both of the chemical leavening agents baking soda and baking powder as the rising agent instead of yeast.

And the best thing about a quick bread—as the name implies—is that it is quick to make. There is no rise time involved as with yeast breads. So you can literally have fresh bread on the table in little more than an hour!

Why Use Baking Soda for Banana Bread?

When it comes to making a Banana Bread, baking soda is a great choice for creating a nice rise in this type of quick bread. Generally, baking soda is used in quick breads that contain an acidic ingredient, such as buttermilk or lemon juice. But Banana Bread also benefits from using baking soda because most recipes call for using very ripe bananas. And very ripe bananas are mildly acidic.

Time to Bake!

So be sure to watch my recipe video where I walk you through—Step-by-Step—How to Make a High Rising Banana Bread that will come out perfect every time!

More Recipe Videos

Now that you’ve mastered Banana Bread, learn how to make more quick breads by trying out these recipes below.

And if you’re ready to experiment with making breads with yeast, try your hand at these two easy No-Knead Sandwich Breads. One is made with all-purpose flour, and the other contains some added whole wheat flour to increase the nutritional value!

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions for Beginners

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
This high rising Banana Bread comes out perfect every time with a beautiful golden crust.


  • One 9"x5" loaf pan, well greased


  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour See recipe notes for additional information.
  • 1/2 cup Whole wheat flour See recipe notes for additional information.
  • 1 cup Sugar You can use white sugar or a whole sugar such a dried cane juice (Sucanat), maple sugar, date sugar, etc. See recipe notes below for substituting liquid sweeteners such as honey.
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Nuts, any variety, chopped
  • 3 large Bananas, very ripe, peeled
  • 1/4 cup Sour cream Can substitute with yogurt, buttermilk, or buttermilk substitute.
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 stick Butter, melted Can substitute with ghee, coconut oil, or mild-flavored olive oil or avocado oil.


  • Set oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, add all the the flours, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together well and then toss in nuts to coat. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, gently mash the peeled bananas.
  • Add two slightly beaten eggs to the bananas along with the sour cream and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the melted butter to the banana mixture and mix well.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour the banana mixture into the well. Mix gently until the dry ingredients are incorporated with the wet and the flour is no longer visible. Do this gently and DO NOT over mix. Batter will be lumpy.
  • Pour batter into greased loaf pan and transfer to oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the banana bread comes out clean. If at anytime the banana bread appears to be over browning, you can cover it with aluminum foil as it continues to bake.
  • Once the banana bread is finished baking, transfer loaf pan to a wire cooling rack. Allow pan to cool slightly and then remove the banana bread from the pan to a wire cooling rack to allow the banana bread to cool completely. Slice and enjoy!



You can use any combination of flours in this recipe. You can make this banana bread with just all-purpose flour (plain) or bread flour.  You can also substitute part or all of the all-purpose or bread flours with whole grain flours.  In addition to using whole wheat flour, you can also use spelt flour or einkorn flour.  Just keep in mind, if you use all whole grain flour, your banana bread will be slightly denser. 
If you choose to use a liquid sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup, instead of sugar, you will only use 1/2 cup of your selected sweetener.  You will also need to decrease the amount of bananas in the recipe to only 2 large bananas. 
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Cuisine: Americana
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  1. 5 stars
    This is is my fourth banana bread in two weeks. Can’t get the bananas ripen quickly enough to keep up with the requests from my family. They love it!
    Thanks Mary.
    Can I use 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 brown sugar?

    1. Hi Sharon,

      I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the banana bread recipe. Yes. You can mix 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar but note that the bread may have a slightly different flavor.

      Thanks so much for your comment, and I’m glad we’re on this traditional foods journey together!

      Love and God bless,

  2. Hi Mary. I love this recipe I always make it. Could I swap one banana for 1 mango? I would like to try a Mango-banana bread. Thanks so much

  3. 5 stars
    I come back to your banana bread recipe all the time. I love it, my kids love it and so does my neighbours. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

    1. Hi Nisha, I am so happy to hear this!! Glad you’re here and enjoying the recipes. Love, Mary

  4. Love the way you teach,am now going to try the banana bread,
    Keep up the good work,thanks for explaining everything so accurately

    1. Hi Glory,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the Banana Bread.

      Thanks so much for your kind words and for being a sweet friend!

      Love and God bless,

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