Banana Bread Recipe | Easy, Fast & Delicious!

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A delicious, easy banana bread recipe that is fast and oh so moist! Make loaves or muffins in no time at all, and uses basic pantry ingredients.

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I have been making this easy bread recipe forever…or at least it seems like it. It’s one of those quick-gratification recipes that is moist and delicious. Throw it together, pop it in the oven and in about 30 minutes you have hot, yummy, sweet banana bread.

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This recipe calls for an entire tablespoon of baking powder…so when you see the measurement down below, you will know it’s not a mistake! I have never seen that much leavening in any quick bread recipe, but it’s perfect for this one. I’ve made this bread countless times, and it’s always the same. It’s the most dependable recipe ever.

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

A delicious, easy banana bread recipe that is fast and oh so moist! Make loaves or muffins in no time at all and uses basic pantry ingredients.
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4.60 from 5 votes
Servings: 4 small loaves
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
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  • 1 stick butter room temp. 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas about 2 medium
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt cut to 1/4 teaspoon if you use salted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer combine butter, sugar, eggs, bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to butter/banana mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Pour into prepared bread pans.
  • Bake mini loaves for 25 min.
  • Small loaves for 30-35 min.
  • Large loaf for 45 min. or until pick inserted in center comes out clean.


Pan measurements: Mini  2 1/2 in. x 4 in. -  Small  3 in. x 5 1/2 in. -  Large  9 in. x 5 in.
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I am able to get seven  mini loaves from this recipe. I make hefty ones, but if you backed off just a bit, you could most likely get eight. This recipe makes four small loaves, as pictured in this post, and one large loaf. If you use a large cookie scoop, this banana bread recipe makes twelve perfect muffins. (All pan measurements are included in the recipe below.)

About the lemon juice…if you don’t have a lemon, it’s not a big deal. The lemon juice just brightens the taste. Sometimes I zest the lemon and add the zest to the batter. Doing that produces sort of a Lemon Banana Bread, and it’s delightful.

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe Tip:

If you have over-ripe bananas but don’t have time to bake a batch of banana bread, put the bananas in a Ziploc bag and stick them in the freezer. When you are ready to use them, just let them sit out for about an hour. I leave the peel on, but if you want to remove the peel before you freeze, that’s fine too.

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  1. Ann,
    My family loves banana bread. I enjoy trying different recipes but ALWAYS come back to my Moms original recipe. Today I finally pulled out several different recipes and found that yours is identical to my Mom’s recipe. The original came from
    The encyclopedia of cooking.
    Small books of various recipes placed in a binder like book. Sound familiar? Enjoy your blog so much!

  2. LOVE YOUR BLOG – Blue and White is so perfect, now I am shopping only blue and white for my home…. and a side note: I have wild blackberries by the bucket full growing at the edge of the woods in my backyard. Got any ideas as what I can do with them , I have made pies and cobblers, but would really like a great blackberry bread recipe . Oh yeah I have even frozen some, and given them away

  3. This may sound dumb but I’m a little confused on your instructions on using bowl of a stand mixer. Am I to use the mixer to combine all the ingredients or just stirring everything by hand.
    Thanks Ann!

  4. Betty Lou says:

    I am going to try your banana bread recipe, quick breads are a favorite of mine. I have used many of your recipes and they always turn out well. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I love a good banana bread recipe! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. :)

  6. Quite strange when I started looking at spam to find you and a couple others there.
    The banana bread looks and sounds delishes.

  7. Kristine Puzel says:

    I am so intrigued by the tablespoon of baking powder, and the idea of adding a little lemon! Bananas are a constant in our fruit bowl, so I will trying this recipe out soon !

  8. Sounds like a nummy recipe…I will definitely try. I typically make my moms recipe, it has sour cream in it.

    Thanks for the baking time tips along with pan sizes. I always seem to be guessing. Typically stay away from those minis. Now I will definitely try.
    Have you ever tried the paper pans thst you tyoically see around the holiday?

  9. Thanks for new pillow designs,just ordered the bike.Can’t wait to get it,screams summer to me.Hope each day is lighter for you.

  10. Pamela Groppe says:

    I love the mini loaves. I am not a banana fan but since I am on a weight loss regime for a bit (my baking habits got out of hand and I am not fitting into my summer clothes) and my hubby loves banana bread it is something I can bake for him that won’t be a temptation for me. :) Love the extras like lemon, it probably really makes the flavors pop!

  11. Oh Yummy ! Thank you Ann !

  12. Another easy recipe I can depend on. Thanks Ann. Looking forward to your daughter’s guest post too! Have a happy weekend.

  13. Sounds yummy. I bake for the ER here all the time and they will enjoy this.

  14. Had not thought of using lemon juice/lemon zest in banana bread. Printed it and pinned it both!

  15. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Love Banana Bread!…will have to try this recipe….I have been using a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated for years…always up to a new banana bread recipe….the lemon added to the recipe sounds great.

  16. Good morning Ann…. I have two bananas begging to become bread! I think I’ll try it today, looks fast and easy.
    Thanks and have a lovely day and weekend!