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Craving Banana Bread? Look No Further Than This Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I secretly love it when we let bananas get past their prime. Granted, it doesn’t happen too often because my kiddos love them. However, when they do get to that brown and soft stage, I know the magic is about to happen.

One of the few things my kids love more than bananas is banana bread! Because we love this sweet yet filling bread so much, I have tried my fair share of recipes. The basic ingredients are always the same, yet the end product can vary so much.

If you’re like us and like a soft banana bread with a crispy outside filled with nuts and spice, and of course bananas, you will love this recipe. It isn’t crumbly, rather it's incredibly moist. It’s perfect as is, warmed up with a little bit of butter, or even with a little icing as a special treat!

If you love all things bread, including muffins and scones, stop by Sweetbriar Rose Thursdays through Sundays. We always have a selection of goodies made from scratch by our fantastic chef!

Banana Bread Tips

For starters, this recipe calls for sour cream instead of milk. If you want to shave some calories you can opt for low-fat, but we recommend going for the full-fat version. The taste is richer and the texture is so much better.

Furthermore, we use an egg plus an egg yolk. The dog loves this recipe because she gets a cooked egg white at the end!

When it comes to bananas, you probably want three for this recipe. If they’re pretty small, go for four. Make sure your bananas are soft and turning quite brown on the outside. Did you know brown bananas are better for you than yellow or green ones? Brown bananas have more antioxidants, are easier to digest, and can boost your immune system. See, banana bread is healthy!

For add-ins, we love the classic walnut. However, for a sweet tooth, you can sub some of the walnuts with chocolate chips, or cut the nuts and add in a full cup of chips. Or go for almonds, shaved coconut, pecans, dried fruit, or whatever your heart desires. Whatever you add, aim for about a cup of add-ins.

Keep your banana bread wrapped tightly and it will last for four to five days, longer if you leave it in the fridge. Of course, you can freeze it for up to three months, as well.

Best Banana Bread Recipe You’ll Find

Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 1 hour, Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


½ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup sugar

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

¼ cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 tsp. Baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and oil a loaf pan.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until combined.

  3. Add mashed bananas to butter mixture and mix well.

  4. Add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

  5. Fold in walnuts and pour into prepared loaf pan.

  6. Bake in heated oven for one hour. Use a toothpick to ensure bread is fully cooked inside.

  7. When a toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and let rest in pan for 20 minutes. Turn out onto rack to finish cooling.

  8. Enjoy!

Stop by Sweetbriar Rose Thursday or Friday from 10:00-5:00, Saturday from 9:00-6:00, or Sunday from 12:00-5:00 for a variety of fresh baked snacks and bread, as well as coffee, wine, and beer. We hope to see you soon!

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