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The Best Banana Bread (+Video)

This homemade banana bread truly is the best banana nut bread recipe out there. It is easy to make, incredibly moist and has a delicious streusel topping!


This really is the best banana nut bread recipe I have ever made. Who can resist the aroma of freshly baked banana bread? Mmm mmm, so good! Whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a sweet dessert, you just cannot go wrong with banana bread. Today I am going to share with you my tried-and-true banana bread recipe that is sure to become your new favorite too. So, grab your mixing bowl and let’s get baking!

overhead photo of two slices of banana bread on a blue and white plate with a glass of milk in the background.


Do I have to make the streusel topping?

No this is totally optional. The bread will still be moist and delicious without it.

Why is my banana bread so gooey?

It didn’t bake long enough and isn’t done. Keep in mind, with all baking recipes, oven times vary. Many ovens have hot and cool spots. Some older ovens often lose their ability to keep a consistent temperature while baking or if you open the oven door too many times, it also decreases oven temperature. So to know when your bread is actually done, stick a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean then your bread is ready.

What makes banana bread moist?

The overly ripe bananas. You want bananas that have black spots or streaks on the peel. The more dark spots on the banana, the more ripe (and therefore, sweeter) the banana. You don’t want green or all yellow bananas.

Can this recipe be made into muffins?

Yes, it sure can. It will probably make about 8-10 regular sized muffins. Baking time will be slightly shortened so you’ll have to play that timing by ear.

Can banana bread be frozen?

Yes. It actually freezes really well. Just wrap bread in plastic wrap then wrap it in aluminum foil and it will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just defrost in the refrigerator when ready to eat.

two slices of banana bread on a blue and white plate with scattered walnuts around and a glass of milk in the background.


  • very ripe bananas – this is important, they should have some brown spots on them, if they are still too yellow or even green, they will not be soft enough or sweet enough for this bread
  • large egg
  • salted butter – you can use unsalted butter but you’ll need to add about a teaspoon of salt to the batter
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract – if you really want to increase the banana flavor, try adding banana extract
  • all-purpose flour – you could use self-rising flour, just leave out the baking powder in the recipe
  • baking powder – most baked goods do not turn out properly because of expired or old baking powder so make sure to check yours before baking
  • cinnamon
  • walnuts – this is optional if you don’t like nuts or maybe try using pecans if that is what you have on hand
ripe bananas, flour, butter, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract, walnuts, baking powder.


Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan loaf with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

mashed bananas, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.

Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and cinnamon.

flour, baking powder and ground cinnamon added to the bowl with the liquid ingredients.

Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts.

chopped walnuts added on top of banana bread batter in a clear bowl.

Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

banana bread batter shown spread into a metal loaf pan.

To make optional streusel topping:  Combine flour, butter and sugar until crumbly.

flour, butter and sugar shown in a small clear bowl.

Sprinkle on top of batter.

crumble topping shown sprinkled evenly on top of banana bread batter in a loaf pan.

Bake bread for about an hour. Bread should spring back to the touch. Or you can insert a toothpick in the middle. It should come out clean (no batter sticking to it.)

fully baked banana bread shown in a metal baking loaf.

Allow to cool before slicing.

loaf of banana bread shown on a white platter with four pieces cut and laid out.


Originally published: January 2011
Updated and republished: May 2023

two slices of banana nut bread on a blue and white plate.

The Best Banana Bread (+Video)

This homemade banana bread truly is the best banana nut bread recipe out there. It uses melted butter to make it truly unique (and moist!)
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6


For the bread:

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup salted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon banana extract (optional) (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

For the (optional) Streusel Topping:

  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, butter and sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
  • Mix until combined then stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Make streusel topping. Combine flour, butter and sugar until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle evenly on top of batter in loaf pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool before slicing.


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  • Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions. 
  • This bread can be frozen, see my notes above.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 341mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had exactly 3 bananas to get rid of. This was the perfect recipe for me. This recipe was super easy. I prepped everything and popped it in the oven under 20 minutes. I cooked it for 1 hour rather than 1 hour and 10 minutes. I found the outside to be a bit dry/hard. I liked that it didn’t taste too sweet. I didn’t have walnuts so I did it without.

  2. 5 stars
    So I was just explaining to my daughter all the things I didn’t like about this recipe, to which she replied “can I have another “.

  3. 5 stars
    This is in the oven as I write this. This is absolutely delicious. I’ve made it before….The streusel topping makes it that much more wonderful…Thank you, this is my new recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe, turned out great, I only used 2 bananas and still seemed fine! I was thinking it may need a little more moisture though. Maybe a tblsp milk?

  5. Oh no! I just put this in the oven and noticed I left my melted butter sitting on the counter! I am hoping !!?!) that it will turn out…??

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  7. Hello- not a huge fan of walnuts. Would you recommend almonds or peanuts as a substitute? And if so, should the almonds be raw or not? Thank you!

  8. I left out the nuts, added an extra banana and made it into muffins and they turned out really good.

    1. In baking I always use unsalted but you can use salted and just omit the added salt called for in the recipe.

      1. 5 stars
        Made 2 loafs of the Banana Nut Bread w/out the struessel this afternoon..
        So good I love nuts so I put 1 cup chopped walnuts instead of 1/2 cup. “MMM Good”.

  9. Hey there Mandy, thanks for stopping by and I am so glad your family loves this banana bread recipe.

  10. This is 1 great recipe. .my family ask for it when they want banana bread made! Ty Brandi …your blog is just super dandy in all areas! ???? ???? hugs n Happy Holidays!

  11. I just love this recipe. And look forward to seeing more of ur posts, and definetly sharing so others can enjoy ur great cooking

  12. Hi! I know this is an old post, but your banana bread looks fabulous! I always have a difficult time with the middle part being done all the way. What kind of pan do you use? (Non-stick dark, glass, metal, etc)


    1. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious bsnana nut bread, It is really the bomb, I am dharing so that my friends and family can enjoy tis as we all have