How To Make Banana Bread

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Find out how to make banana bread delicious, moist, and flavorful in no time flat. You’ll be hiding those bananas before you know it just so they’ll get old and you can make this recipe 🙂
how to make banana bread

I honestly don’t know anyone who doesn’t make banana bread on a regular basis if they know how to… We see bananas going bad on our counter and our hands are already reaching for the flour. I’m certain this is another example to support my theory that all of the best southern dishes came about from the whole yankees-trying-to-starve us thing. 😉 But if you don’t know how, read on. Because this is how to make banana bread, and you’ll never look back!

How Ripe Should the Bananas Be?

The one requirement for how to make banana bread is that you use overly-ripe bananas. Once the skins start to turn and get brown and freckly and the banana is a little too mushy for y’all, then it’s banana bread makin’ time. If you let them get really brown, this will increase the sugar content and will make your bread more banana-flavored and even sweeter.

Can I Make Muffins With This Recipe?

You sure can. Use your muffin tin to make little mini banana bread snacks to pack in lunches or to have as a quick snack. They will likely be done in about 15-20 minutes, so have a toothpick handy! When the toothpick comes out dry from poking the muffins in the middle, they are ready to go.

Frosting The Loaf…

This recipe doesn’t use frosting, but we do love a banana bread loaf with a butter cream frosting! You can use the icing recipe from our Carrot Cake loaf here.

Can you Freeze It?

This recipe freezes well — just make sure you cool it completely, then tightly wrap it in two layers of plastic wrap or seal it with a food saver. Place the bread in a freezer-safe plastic bag or container and enjoy over the next few months or give as a gift.

ingredients for banana breadRecipe Ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Bananas
  • Pecans (optional)
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Self Rising Flour
  • Milk
  • Vanilla

If you don’t have self rising flour available where you live, go to the bottom of my post on buttermilk biscuits to see how to make your own! 😀

banana bread

Grease and flour two loaf pans by spreading vegetable shortening in them and then dusting with flour.

how to make banana bread

Place peeled bananas in your mixer bowl and add sugar. Turn this on and beat until bananas are liquified. This makes your banana bread have tons more flavor than if you simply mash the bananas!

banana bread batter

Add butter and mix well.

Add eggs, flour, and vanilla. Mix.

Add eggs, flour, and vanilla. Mix.
Mix in pecans
Lightly mix in chopped pecans.

pour batter into pans

Pour into two greased and floured pans.

Sprinkle pecans on top and bake.

Add extra pecans on top if you like (optional). Bake at 350 for an hour until golden brown.

loaf of banana bread

Now, go hide a loaf of this because TOMORROW I am going to show you something positively SINFUL to do with leftover banana bread!

banana bread slices

Mmm, Mmm!  Enjoy it while you can, before it disappears!

how to make banana bread

How To Make Banana Bread

Learn how to make Banana Bread that is easy, moist and delicious! You will also love the fragrance of fresh made bread that your kitchen will smell like!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana
Servings: 4
Calories: 326kcal


  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1 Cups milk
  • 1 Cups chopped nuts optional
  • 3 Cups self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Place peeled bananas in mixing bowl, add sugar. Mix until bananas are liquefied.
  • Add butter, mix until creamed together with banana mixture. Add all other ingredients and blend well.
  • Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans and bake for one hour at 350.


Calories: 326kcal
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UPDATE: ‘How to make Banana Bread’ was posted a few years ago so here are the links to what to do with the leftover banana bread (if you have any!)

Banana Bread Pudding Sundae 

Banana Bread French Toast

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe but I can no longer find self rising flour anywhere.

    Can someone please help me by telling me how to do this without self rising flour?

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