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Quick Breads: Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Updated on May 10, 2007

When you're looking for something quick, easy, and yummy to prepare as a breakfast treat you can never go wrong with a quick bread. A quick bread doesn't require yeast. Instead it uses other leaveners such as baking powder, sodium bicarbonate, or cream of tartar. Since you don't need to wait for dough to rise, you can easily whip one together.

I think that banana bread is probably everyone's favorite quick bread. It's seems to please everyone with its slightly sweet taste and moist texture. And who can resist the delicious smell of banana bread baking in the oven?

This is a no-fail recipe for a delicious banana bread that comes out perfect every time. I love it because it's not too sweet, though you can add chocolate chips if you want a special treat. I've also added walnuts to this recipe, which makes a delicious bread as well.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 med. mashed ripe bananas

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil (or applesauce as a substitution)

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350. Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in med. bowl. Add remaining ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 60 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven to cooling rack.

Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings)

Personally, I like to slather some cream cheese on a slice of this for breakfast or for a mid-morning snack. This is also a great addition to a brunch buffet. I've also wrapped up this bread and brought it along with a recipe and a greeting card when welcoming new neighbors to our street. And don't forget -- when making one loaf, why not make two and keep one in the freezer? That way you'll always have an extra loaf on-hand.


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      Chrisi turnbull 2 years ago

      I wanted to make a banana bread as a gift for someone but I ran out of baking soda and needed a substitute

      So i asked the question on the internet. Several recipes where there but didnt want yo try any of them but when i saw yours especially with the one egg, i wanted to try it out. So thats what i did and it came out good so i saved the recipe and is going to make 2 more tonight as gift along with my Jamaican wine fruit cake. What i love about is recipe is that its easy to make and u only need 1

      egg. I put a small amount in a single cake mould so i could try it for my self without cutting the larger loaf.

      More this evening as gifts.

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      Hannah Park 4 years ago

      This is an amazing recipe!!! It was the perfect excuse to use the baking powder lying in a container for a quite a while as well as the 2 super ripe and sweet bananas on the counter.

      My family LOVES this bread! They want to double the recipe next time cause it's disappearing so fast!

      I added some walnuts (chunks and crumbs from the bag) and freely sprinkled the batter (dough) with cinnamon. My mom loves the cinnamon smell when we cut the slices and the nuts are perfect.

      It turned out amazing...the crisp crust is my favourite and the soft inside with the walnuts...heaven...

      The only teeny thing was it was a little too sweet...maybe because the bananas were pretty ripe already. But it's nothing much to fix really. I love it.

      Thank you!!

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      Emily 4 years ago

      This is a great basic recipe for when you're out of baking soda. I used half of the sugar and didn't miss it. Just added a little extra milk.

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      baking 4 years ago

      amazing! for such long time i have been looking for a recipe like this one, that actually works! i used brown sugar to be healthier and added 3 table spoons of cocoa powder to be naughty and its brilliant! :)

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      theoneandonly00 5 years ago

      can you use half and half brown and regular sugar ?

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      TINA 5 years ago

      I made this and added a brown sugar/cinnamon topping. YUMMY

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      lena 5 years ago

      This was the best banana bread! Thank you so much. I could not find a recipe that didn't have baking soda until now. Kids loved it a huge hit in my house!!!

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      Janice 5 years ago

      First time with the recipe, it's in the oven now. I added a ton of walnuts. (What is banana bread without them!) It smells DELICIOUS!

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      Kelly 5 years ago

      In the oven as we speak! Can't wait to try it!

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      Nkazi 5 years ago

      I didn't have baking powder so i accidentally used baking soda. Even so it turned out amazing. I don't know how it should taste but it was amazing

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      Nkazi 5 years ago

      This bread is amazing. My brother was cutting off HUGE slabs of breads. It tastes amazing. I added blueberries and raspberries and they dried out inside the bread making a raisiny type thing that tasted delicious. I'm going to try making grape bread with this recipie next.

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      swaggers 6 years ago

      Best ever delicous enough said

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      Jax Saunders 6 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I used 1/2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp nutmeg and 1 tsp vanilla, and halved the sugar to make this and it came out excellent. 1/2 Cup sugar with two ripe bananas makes a sweet and nice bread.

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      Taylor 6 years ago

      This is the shit...make it for the roomies all the time

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      Mark 6 years ago

      loved the recipie!! I used it in a mini loaf pan that yields 6 loafs and baked for 32 min's.. Absolutely amazing. Family/co-workers loved them. also tried with chocolate chips and raisin mixed in what a hit.

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      Jess 6 years ago

      Easy ingrediants, easy to make.....and tasted the best i ever had. Thanxs

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      Nicole 6 years ago

      I sprinkled some cinnamon sugar and top and it was yummy!

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      Dan  6 years ago

      I love this banana bread; it came out really well.

      Only thing is, not sure if it is my oven, but it has taken over an hour in a glass dish both times.

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      Ms G 6 years ago

      Done several times and always fantastic. Couldn't be easier even easy with two kids running round your feet. Thanks

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      Melissa  7 years ago

      I have been looking for an easy banana bread recipe and wasn't having any luck cause I was always out of something it called for, but I came across this recipe today and mixed everything together in 5 mins. its now baking and I cannot wait to try it. Just reading all the reviews I know its going to be delish. Thanks for your recipe!

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      Penelope 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have made it several times using different pans (loaf, square and round). Next time I will try using muffin pans. My husband even shared it with his soldiers at work and they enjoyed it as well eating multiple servings. Thanks again

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      claire 7 years ago

      this is fantastic definitely the best loaf ive made and the kids loved it couldn't get enough , thankyou heaps

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      Jenn  7 years ago

      Really good and super easy! I added vanilla and walnuts. It was a little too much batter for my loaf pan. The texture was a little more like cake, but it tastes wonderful. Thanks!

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      Ningi 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot came out lovely, added a tsp of vanilla essence and 2 Tsp of sour milk and 1 more banana... it came out so huge and tasty....

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      Christina 7 years ago

      IT WAS SOOOO GOOD!!!!!!! Thanks! Thank you soo much! We all loved it. And it was really easy to make! Thanks again!

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      breadhead1 7 years ago

      This is Yummy!. I doubled to make 8 mini loaves. To the doubled batter I added 1 t. pumpkin pie spice, 1 t. vanilla, 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips & substituted ginger beer for milk. The loaves were short but not dense. Next time I'll make 6 loaves if I use the same pans.

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      Jeannie Irvine 7 years ago

      This was absolutely wonderful! I didn't have any baking soda! first recipe I saw and it turned out perfect! Thank you for sharing. I added some pecan pieces, a little vanilla extract, and a tad of vinegar.

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      Hollybolly 7 years ago

      This was sooooo easy. I ran out of baking soda and i looked EVERYWHERE online for a recipe without baking soda and bananas. Yours was the only one that I could find.

      My bananas where getting waaaaaay ripe so I had to make something.

      This was not only EASY, but it taste soooooo good. i must be honest though, it taste more like cake then like bread.

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      Bonnie 7 years ago

      So easy and very yummy!!

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      Evy 7 years ago

      Great recipe! Substituted one cup all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour and it turned out great. You have to sift the whole wheat flour to keep it light and take 5 - 10 minutes off the baking time to keep it moist.

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      Whitney 7 years ago

      I use this recipe over and's the best!

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      iowagal 7 years ago

      Great find, cooked also in a 8x8 pan and added white &chocolate chips,hubby loved them and asked me to bake more that next morning.

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      rainbow4w 7 years ago

      I loved making this. It was quick and easy. I added half tsp of ground cinnamon and tsp of vanilla. Turned out great!!

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      Ali C. 7 years ago

      I love this recipe! I will be saving this in my recipe box. Don't second guess this one...try it! You'll love it too!

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      Can't bake 7 years ago

      2nd review made with blueberries because I did not have nuts, and added whole weat flour!!! It was all gone the next morning

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      laali 7 years ago

      Excellent recipe!!!Have made it twice already. Also the 2nd time, I made it completely gluten free, substituted Rice and chick pea flour and added cinnamon and vanilla and pecan....Oh soooooo yummy!!!!!!!!!!

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      Can't bake 7 years ago

      Even came out good for me :-). DH refused to let me take it over to my parents house for a potluck dinner. Says he likes it too uh and afraid it won't be the same the second time I make it

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      DD4 7 years ago

      I COULD BELEIVE IT, IT WAS SO DELICOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Aerionix 7 years ago

      came out great, going to add an extra banana next time.

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      cookette 7 years ago

      I was out of baking soda and I came across your recipe. I made cupcakes using this recipe (only modification was adding one extra ripe banana)- they baked up in 20 min. I topped them with a peanut butter cream cheese frosting and they were AWESOME. Thanks!

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      tori 7 years ago

      This banana bread turned out awesome. It was easy to make and tastes great. I like to add different things each time i make it to spice it up and that makes it really fun.

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      tess 7 years ago

      Great easy recipe.. I added chopped walnuts. Instead, of making bread I made muffins and just baked until golden brown approximately 25 minutes at 350 degrees. My kids love them - Yum!!

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      PD 7 years ago

      Great recipe, thanks! Ran out of soda and needed a recipe that used powder. Didn't have high hopes but this turned out great!

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      Lee 7 years ago

      Just took it out of the oven. Looks and smells great! Easy recipe to use!

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      anna 7 years ago

      awesome recipe thanks super yummy with berries added to ;)

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      McMedia 7 years ago

      Googled for a recipe w/o baking soda (since we were out) and found yours. Came out perfect! I added a 3rd ripened banana ...

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      Coco 7 years ago

      I think i'm gonna try this now and have it for brekky tomorrow! i only have 1 banana tho and am gonna use olive oil (its all i have!) will it work? lol!

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      sugarloaf10 7 years ago from Kentucky USA

      Thanks for this very quick and very easy banana bread recipe! I no longer use shortening or veggie oil in my baking, so I was glad to see you can substitute applesauce in this recipe. The bread is in the oven right now- I can't wait to try it!

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      Rissa 7 years ago

      Had some over riped bananas and didn't want to throw away...OMG this was so easy and quick. The family loves it. This will be our after dinner dessert now. Thank you for this simple bread recipe.

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      Rickie714 7 years ago

      I just made this bread. added chopped hazelnuts & substituted butter for oil +1 tbls oil. I also used bron sugar instead of white and added a pich of cinnamon. Chez Magnifique' Delisioso!!! Thank you so much!!! Try it my way sometime.

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      jen 8 years ago

      is wonderful

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      Lesa 8 years ago

      The best banana bread ever! So easy to make and so tasty. Thanks so much for this!

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      melissa 8 years ago

      what kind of banana should i used?

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      randi lynn 8 years ago

      I just found this recipe and i love it. i made it for my dad and step mom. they loved it. its the best bread i have ever eaten. :)

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      lola 8 years ago

      i love it!!!!!!

      mom says it's pefect for a to go breakfast!

      thanks sooooo much!;)

      Lola and family

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      Jeff 8 years ago

      Thanks, great recipe. Was out of baking soda so this was a great find. Was also out of oil, so substituted for a bit less margarine. I also added a tbsp. of vanilla extract, tbsp. of honey and about 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, it was insanely awesome. Thanks!

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      shawn 8 years ago

      Thanks I just made it with the walnuts awsome receipt thanks and very good with cream cheese

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      Lisa 8 years ago

      This was delicious, moist and full of flavor!! My family ate the whole loaf in one day. I bought more bananas today :) This is now my "go to" recipe!

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      Erin B.  8 years ago

      This recipe is fantastic! Like a previous poster mentioned, I make it in an 8 x 8 glass baking dish so I can control the serving size when I slice it up. I also stir in some chocolate chips. It gets rave reviews each and every time - and from some pretty picky eaters too!

      Thanks for a simple, yet wonderfully delicious recipe!!

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      Kelly 8 years ago

      Amazing bread! Our whole family loves it! Thanks!

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      Pete 9 years ago

      This recipe is absolutely fantastic. I couldn't find any baking soda at the vacation rental house, so I gave this one a try. It was such a hit, I had to make it again! Very easy and it tastes great!

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      barnabybear 9 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Great recipe for Banana Bread. I like to add blueberries to my Banana Bread!!!

      More good Banana Bread recipes here...

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      tara 9 years ago

      I also was looking for one without baking soda, cuz I was out, this is perfect.Thanks!

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      Darby 9 years ago

      This is amazing!!! i love you now. Thank you so much. I couldn't find one without baking soda and then i found this. Thanks a lot!

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      Monica 9 years ago

      I made this the other day. I added some chopped almonds too. Your recipe is great!! Thanks so much :-)

      and you are so right. It was AMAZING with cream cheese!

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      anonyomous 9 years ago

      god bless you**********

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      betch 9 years ago

      Novice baker to say the LEAST! Had a few really super ripe naners hangin around and not a lot of ingredients to make a bread...I followed the recipe EXACTLY, except I used an 8 X 8 glass pyrex dish and reduced time to 45 min exactly.

      It was nicely browned with nice "crust" and moist and yummy inside. More of a cake texture baking it this way! It was just enough sweet with no modifications in ingredients. Took it to work and it was gone almost immediately~ Thanks for an EASY awesome recipe!!!!

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      candice 10 years ago

      i was a bit worried when i added in the wet ingredients (seemed too dry) but keep stirring, and this will turn out to be the best! thank you for posting this recipe!

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      phyllis dodge 10 years ago

      now this is just like my mom used to make. thank you. best yet mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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      clare 10 years ago

      i just made this bread this morning, and it is the best i've made yet. it turned out perfectly. my family loved it. THANKS FOR SHARING