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

This high rising Banana Bread comes out perfect every time with a beautiful golden crust.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Banana Bread, Banana Bread Recipe, Easy Banana Bread, Easy Banana Bread Recipe, Quick Bread
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mary's Nest


  • 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. 
You can find this recipe and accompanying video at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-banana-bread-with-step-by-step-instructions/
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