• Jessie Alice Smith

The Only Banana Bread Recipe You'll Ever Need

Yields 1 loaf OR 12 muffins. Total time: 1 1/2 hours with baking time for loaf, 45 minutes for muffins.

Muffins or a loaf, both are great!

Banana bread is a staple in our house. It is very rare that you won't find some in the fridge and in the freezer. Why? Well, a few reasons really. 1) I have a toddler, so we constantly have too many bananas in our house. 2) I hate to waste food, so I always throw the too-ripe bananas in the freezer, instead of in the trash, and 3) Banana bread is insanely delicious and easy to make!

This recipe will yield 1 loaf or 12 muffins, but I usually double the recipe and make both.

Without further adieu...


***Disclaimer: All of my recipes are made at high altitude, you may need to make adjustments for lower altitudes.***


  • 4-5 large ripe bananas

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 c brown sugar

  • 1/4 c melted butter

  • 1 1/2 c flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 3 tbs oatmeal (for topping, more for muffins)

  • 2 tsps white sugar (for topping, more for muffins)

**Optional Additions: Once your batter is combined, before pouring into the pans, add in fresh or frozen blueberries or chocolate chips to crank this recipe up an notch. My personal favorite is blueberries. **



  • Preheat oven to 350°

  • In a large bowl, mash bananas (I use a pastry cutter), then add vanilla, egg, brown sugar. Whisk well until sugar dissolves.

  • Mix in melted butter.

  • In a separate bowl combine; flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

  • Pour dry mix into wet mix a little at a time, be sure to thoroughly incorporate the dry to the wet as you go.

  • Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan or use an ice-cream scoop and scoop the batter into a greased muffin pan.

  • Lightly sprinkle the oatmeal on top of the batter, then sprinkle over the sugar last.

  • Bake on the center rack for 45-60 minutes for the loaf and 15-20 minutes for muffins. Banana bread can be very deceiving so ALWAYS insert a toothpick or knife into the center to check for doneness. Nothing is more maddening than a doughy center.

  • Remove, let it cool on a rack.


Ta Da! As my 2 year old says.


There you have it folks! I hope you love this bread as much as my family and I do.

All photography by Jessie Alice Smith

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