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The Best Banana Bread

Course Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Keyword Baking, Banana, Cake, Loaf
Servings 1 Loaf


  • 2 bananas, mashed (approximately ¾ - 1 cup mashed)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup neutral flavored oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar (increase to 1½ cups if a sweeter bread is preferred)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and set aside a greased loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas, egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, and mix until thoroughly combined. Add all-purpose flour and sugar, and mix until the batter comes together.

  4. Transfer batter to loaf pan and bake for 70 to 80 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the banana bread to rest for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Check the banana bread at the one-hour point of baking. If it is browning too fast, loosely tent with foil.