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Mom's Best Banana Bread Recipe

Mom’s Best Banana Bread

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  • Author: Cori Horton
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 2 loaves


Literally my Mom’s Best Banana Bread Recipe. Transcribed from her Mother’s favorite cookbook and handed down, generation to generation, this Banana Bread is a straight up 1950’s never-fail classic!


  • • ½ cup butter (softened)
  • • 1 cup brown sugar
  • • 2 large eggs
  • • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • • 2 cups flour
  • • ½ teaspoon salt
  • • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • • 2 cups mashed (very) ripe bananas, previously frozen preferred
  • • 1 tablespoon course sugar (to finish, optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350⁰F (175⁰C). Prep two – 9 x 4 loaf pans with non-stick spray or smear liberally with butter. As an added measure to protect the bottom from burning, line with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl cream sugar and butter together. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. In separate bowl combine dry ingredients; flour, salt and baking soda. Measure and mash bananas separately and reserve.
  4. Add dry ingredients to creamed sugar mixture – one third at a time – alternately with mashed bananas. Fold gently to mix.
  5. Scoop into prepared bread pans, to approximately ¾ full. Sprinkle with course sugar if using. Bake at 350⁰F (175⁰C) for 40 – 45 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan. Once cool enough to handle remove to wire rack to cool completely before cutting. (If you can wait that long!)


If you like big, ballsy domed banana bread by all means use just one pan (preferably 9 x 5). Be sure to include the parchment paper on the bottom and place it to bake on a cookie sheet to further protect the bottom from scorching. Tent the pan with aluminum foil at the 40 minute mark, then return to the oven for another 20 – 25 minutes, to protect the top and sides from browning too quickly. Burnt crust will make your banana bread bitter on the outside and distract from your amazing baking skills. Bake well!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Quick Bread
  • Cuisine: American