The Best Banana Bread

The Story:

A good banana bread recipe is priceless, but sadly can be hard to find.  You want that deep dark color and a dense texture as you bite into the slice.  My older Banana Bread Recipe is wonderful and I see it on Pinterest and people refer to it as a Starbucks CopyCat recipe, which I agree with because it’s THAT good.    But this improved recipe is a little better because it uses buttermilk, which you may not have on hand if you decide on the spur of the moment to make it.  But seriously, go get that buttermilk from the store and let your bananas get nice and dark, because this banana bread will make any day better.[end-story]

The Best Banana Bread

The Best Banana Bread


1 1/4 cup ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup apple sauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep a loaf pan by greasing it.
2. In a small bowl, use a fork to finely mash bananas (I used 3). Stir in lemon juice and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together. Stir in brown sugar.
4. In another bowl, use a whisk to combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, applesauce and vanilla extract.
5. Pour your liquid ingredients and mashed bananas into the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to stir just until combined.
6. Stir in walnuts or chocolate chips.
7. Pour batter into prepped loaf pan. (If you want, cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the pan, but leave enough to come up over the edges. Once your bread is baked and cooled, you can lift those pieces of parchment paper to easily remove the bread. See photo)
8. Bake bread for about 1 hour. Check the done-ness of your bread by sticking a toothpick or knife into the center. It should come out clean. If it isn't, leave the bread in for more time.
9. Let cool in pan. As always, banana bread is better the next day. Enjoy!

Pour you batter over the parchment paper (you may need a little help from a friend to hold it down).

But don’t leave too much parchment paper hanging off the edge because it can start to burn in the oven.

82 thoughts on “The Best Banana Bread

  1. 1
    Roxann says:

    Hi, is it necessary to add apple sauce?

  2. 2
    Fatima says:

    Hmmmm…I am now wondering if I can use apple sauce on all your cupcake recipes to cut some calories down…I am now changing my life style but I really miss your cupcakes Lizzy!! I just bake a batch of those Weight Watchers cupcakes with a diet soda, their are just “blah” and NOTHING compares with your WONDERFUL moist, heavy and DELICIOUS cupcakes. I wonder if I substitute the oil with apple sauce will affect the texture on the recipe or if I need to bake them a little bit longer??

  3. 3
    xiaoxi says:

    I made your older Banana Bread, and it was so delicious. Banana Bread can be considered a comfort food. I did not put any walnuts in, so I will try with walnuts using this recipe. How did you cut your banana bread without nuts falling out? Did you use store bought Apple Sauce or Home made? Thanks

  4. 4

    a truly amazing banana bread recipe is worth its weight in gold, Lizzie! Yours looks fabulous. I’ve never baked banana bread with lemon juice or buttermilk before, I’m intrigued 🙂

  5. 5
    Fatima says:

    I finally get my ingredients together and now waiting for my bread to come out the oven…I will try this tomorrow morning with a cup of nice coffee! THAKS LIZZY FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE

  6. 6
    Fatima says:

    I make 2 loafs…really good, moist and heavy bread!!! LOVE IT!! the only thing…I made it with chocolate chips and I am sure for my next time I will add more sugar and cinammon to the recipe! Thanks and keep them comming…but no to fast so I can catch on please… hahaha

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    Caroline says:

    I made this banana bread and it tasted great! Only thing was it cracked down the middle. Is there a way to stop this?

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    Carolyn says:

    Made this bread for the 3rd time today. It’s a new favorite for sure. I used whole wheat flour, coconut oil and added cinnamon and it is fantastic! My oven bakes low so it takes mine about an hour and 20 minutes.

  9. 9
    Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It turned out perfect! My whole family loved it!

  10. 10
    Bridgitt Menz says:

    I looooove this recipe! I can’t quit making them. I also add a teaspoon of cinnamon and half teaspoon of nutmeg to make it more of a fall treat. I bake them in jumbo muffin tins (makes 12) for 30 minutes and can hardly wait for breakfast each morning to enjoy these.

  11. 11
    Cheryl says:

    Best banana bread ever!

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    Rachel says:

    Bread is in the oven and my apartment smells amazing. I noticed from your picture that my cake puffed up much larger, above the pan and little over the sides, where as yours is sitting deep into the pan. Did you pour in all of the batter? Perhaps I have an abnormally smaller loaf pan? I am an hour in and the middle is till not done, however I tear off a piece of the side – accidentally of course – and it was delish!

    • 12.1

      My pan is a really large loaf pan, an also elevation can play a HUGE part on how things rise in the oven. And depending on if you use a glade, dark, or light loaf pan. SO many things play into consideration when baking!

  13. 13
    scianna says:

    hi lizzy i have a question.what is the lemon juice needed for?

  14. 14
    Kathleen Brown says:

    This is our go to banana bread recipe! So delicious!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Cindy says:

    Use the parchment paper! I didn’t & the bread really stuck to the bottom of the pan. 🙁

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  18. 18
    kruti says:

    Is it ok if I don’t add the eggs? Or can you recommend a good substitute for it as I don’t eat eggs. Thanks!

    • 18.1

      Use a food processor or blender and mix 1 1/2 teaspoons powder and 2 tablespoons water for each egg being replaced.

      • Crystal says:

        I’m sorry but I didn’t understand. Powder what? Baking powder? I just want to be clear. Also in the recipe itself,, it may be my connection or something, but it looks like you’re about to say how many bananas you used when you added them into the batter on step number 2 but it gets cut off. The recipe reads “(I used” and then it cuts off. So I was hoping you could fill in for me. Pleeeaaassee… Lol thank you so much for this great recipe! I just want to be able to follow it. 😉

        • Crystal says:

          I did see the measurement of bananas but to be honest a lot of times I let my machines do it for me cuz of issues with my hands. So I did see that part. 😉 lol thank you again!!!

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    Dezi G. says:

    At the moment I am baking my second loaf from this recipe. I made the first a couple of weeks ago and my 11month old and myself ate the whole thing in three days (Daddy only got one small slice). It is soooooo good!
    I add about 2-3tbs of roasted milled flax seed, just to sneak in a lil more healthy stuff. Thank you for sharing!

    • 19.1
      Dezi G. says:

      …oh, and also, I never have buttermilk on hand, so I substituted milk (made thicker/curdled) with lemon juice (a substitute i found in one of my cookbooks). Worked fine!

    • 19.2

      It really is THE best banana bread. I am obsessed every time I make it.

      • Kalani says:

        I made this today for my ladies’ Bible study group and it was delicious. Very moist and flavorful. I didn’t have any white granulated sugar, so I used all brown. Also didn’t have lemon juice so I decided to use a tsp of lemon extract. I will definitely make it again and try it with walnuts next time.

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    Jenny B says:

    I’m getting ready to make this, but trying to keep the calorie count down. I’m wondering if you would recommend substituting Stevia for the granulated sugar and increasing the applesauce to 1/2 cup in place of the 1/4 cup oil.

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    faith s says:

    Im making this banana bread for the second time its amazing! And my family loves it too!

    • 21.1

      I wish I had ripe bananas to make this right NOW! It’s my fav recipe as well. And it’s a great one to make at night because it’s even better in the morning 🙂

  22. 22
    Vanessa says:

    Good Morning Lizzy!!

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!! I made it last night for breakfast this morning and it truly is the BEST!! Everytime I make banana bread I make a different recipe because I have not found one I am in Love with. Well….my search is over!! Thank you 🙂 I love your blog!!

  23. 23
    Dina says:

    Love this banana bread…. But once I put mine in the pan I sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on top…. The hubby loves it and never shares!!! lol

  24. 24
    Ariane says:

    Instead of walnuts, can I use pecans instead? Will it affect the taste?

  25. 25
    Sheri says:

    This is single-handedly the best banana bread I have ever eaten! Thank you!! What a gem!

  26. 26

    You can never have too many banana bread recipes! I’m saving this one for my next batch of brown bananas!

  27. 27
    Denise in MD says:

    I’ve been making my moms banana bread recipe for years. When I saw this recipe, I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did. I followed the recipe as written. It’s moist and delicious! Thanks!

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    Donna Howard says:

    Just made this and yes even though I forgot to add the brown sugar (ouch) it is the best stinkin’ banana bread ever!! I’ve given nothing but junk to our missionaries for the past two months so tomorrow they get this — and they will totally love it!! Although I think I’m make another batch using the brown sugar and perhaps send this to my husband’s office (they’re not picky!!! Although it is very good without it!!)

    • 28.1

      Oh good! But yes, make another batch with the brown sugar because it makes it awesome! Also, banana bread is always better the next day, so I always make it at night and serve in the morning or that evening 🙂

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    Andrea Reeve says:

    Came across this bread while searching for “buttermilk” recipes. It is delicious! I have made it twice now. I had to make a few variations (had no applesauce, so I used orange yogurt… also this time I had no bananas (but was craving this bread, so I used pumpkin) but it still turned out incredible!

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    shruti says:

    Can I use melted butter instead of oil?

  31. 31
    Kristin S says:

    Could you use bread flour as a substitute for all purpose flour? How would that change the bread?

  32. 32
    Tifany says:

    Could this recipe be made in a bread machine?

  33. 33
    kristi says:

    Have you had luck freezing this banana bread? I love having banana bread in the freezer and wanted to try a new recipe.

    • 33.1

      I honestly have never tried it because I can barely keep it around food more than a few hours (everyone eats it), but as lot as you seal it up tight, you should be able to freeze it no problem!

  34. 34
    Yee says:

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it IS the best banana bread I’ve made. Everyone loved it! I find it is a little bit on the sweet side… could it be because I used sweeten applesauce (store-bought)? Should I have used unsweetened applesauce?

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    Charlotte says:

    Can you replace the buttermilk with a milk and lemon mixture? And if so, how much?(proportions)

    • 35.1
      Kristie says:

      She has another recipe that you do that in! So I think you would be fine to do that. I found the buttermilk makes it more moist!

  36. 36
    Kristie says:

    I made this the other night! Super moist and yummy! It came out pretty dark though, almost looks burnt on the outside. The end pieces are kind of dry. I insert a toothpick to check doneness. Do you think it’s just my oven? Should I increase temp or decrease? Like I said it’s still really yummy, I would just like it to look prettier 🙂

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    Kelley says:

    I made this today. I didn’t have parchment so I just sprayed the pan. It all fell apart. It seemed like all the chocolate chips were at the bottom and just stuck to the bottom. I probably would cut down the sugar too with the chocolate chips..super sweet. Not sure where I went wrong but it didn’t make a nice loaf…difficult to cut as well. Maybe needed to cool longer?

  38. 38
    Valerie says:

    I tried other banana bread recipes and have made yours 4 times, and your recipe is by far the best. Your recipe is far moister than the others. I made a few changes, however, and these changes are only due to my personal preference. I decreased the sugar to 2/3 cup instead of 1 cup; I increased the brown sugar from 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup; I did not use any apple sauce so I increased the oil to 1/2 cup; I used 1/2 cup of finely diced walnuts instead of 1 cup of chopped walnuts; and I added 1/3 cup of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (note: if you add anything more than 1/3 cup of chocolate chips, then the bread becomes too chocolatey; if you use milk chocolate chips, then the taste from the milk chocolate chips tends to blend in with the sweetness of the bread and doesn’t stand out, but semi-sweet or bittersweet kicks up the chocolate taste a notch). One time I crushed the walnuts into a powder form and added 1/2 cup of that to the recipe and this also made the bread taste incredible. After making your recipe, my husband remarked, “Damn!” Overall, this recipe truly is spectacular and it will always be my go-to banana bread recipe to knock the socks off my family and friends.

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    Kaitlyn says:

    I just have to let you know I absolutely love this Banana Bread!! I have made it over and over again and don’t even bother trying other banana bread recipes since it is by far my favorite. So moist and delicious!! My kids asked me for muffins this morning so I’m going to try this recipe in a muffin pan and see how it turns out. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us all!

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    John m says:

    Made this twice, outstanding. Didn’t have applesauce used coconut oil ,4 bananas. put it in a bundt pan came out great.

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    Crystal F. says:

    Made this today. AWESOME!!! Best Banana Nut Bread I have ever made. I made muffins instead of the loaf, I don’t have the best of luck with loaves. I used 1/2 cup of coconut oil instead of the oil/applesauce combo. Didn’t have applesauce on hand. Turned out beautiful. This recipe is a keeper!!

  43. 43
    Vivian says:

    To make, a Cup of Buttermilk, use 1 Tsp, Of Vinegar, Or Lemon Juice,— And Let it set for 1 min, Bam—-fresh Homemade Buttermilk!

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    Cindy says:

    You really should try this recipe with half the amount of sugar and brown sugar. Still amazing and cuts down on some of the unneeded sugar we all intake.

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    Denise W says:

    This is the best banana bread I’ve ever made and I’ve been making banana bread for 30 years.

  46. 46
    Rozi says:

    Hi Lizzy
    I´m a new suscriber; and I just wanted you to know that I made the banana recipe yesterday and it was simply delicious!!!!! I didn´t have applesauce and I put more oil like you said and it baked perfectly!!!! Thank you so much for theses amazing recipes!!!! I´m from Cuenca, Ecuador Southamerica
    Thanks once again

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    Elaine says:

    What size loaf pan is used?

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    misselaineous says:

    I love this recipe! This has been my go to banana bread recipe for over a year now. Every time I try a different recipe it just doesn’t compare. I didn’t have any buttermilk the first time I made this so I substituted 1/3 cup of sour cream and it was delicious, so now that’s how I always make it. I added peanut butter chips a few times and I’ve made mini loaves and muffins too.

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    Karen says:

    This was the best banana bread and to me it is a 5 star. It’s moist and the flavoring is great, in fact I’m making it tomorrow night again thank u

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