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One Bowl Banana Bread

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Classic banana bread is a perfect way to use up ripe bananas. This recipe makes an easy one bowl batter that results in a moist and delicious loaf of yummy banana bread. 

Slices of banana bread with a smear of butter on top.

A flavorful loaf of banana bread is a versatile treat. It is a great way to use ripe or even frozen bananas.

Plus a slice is perfect for breakfast, tea time or a light dessert.  A loaf makes a great hostess gift as well. So whip one up for yourself and another to gift and everyone will be happy.

Freezing Ripe Bananas

Do you keep bananas in your freezer? We always have a gallon freezer bag with bananas waiting to be used.

Most of them get turned into smoothies. We just break off a chunk or two of frozen banana, add assorted fruit and yogurt and blend away.

Banana bread ingredients in bowl with whisk.

Little Dude loves making smoothies for breakfast and the frozen bananas are a great way to add sweetness and body. Those frozen bananas are also great for baking.

Just pull a couple out and let them defrost. They may seem extra mushy and liquid-y, but the baked goods turn put great.

I’ve been so busy with Christmas baking lately that my bag of frozen bananas got extra full. So I figured it would be a great time to go back to the basics.

About This Banana Bread Recipe

I originally shared this banana bread recipe back in early 2015. Since most of you weren’t around then, I figured it would be worth sharing again.

loaf of banana bread fresh from the oven.

This recipe comes together super easily.  Starting with melted butter means there is no softening or creaming required.

You can make the whole thing in one bowl with just a spatula or a whisk. You’ll have it in the oven in no time at all.

The resulting loaf is moist and delicious just like you would want your banana bread to be. There is a hint of cinnamon that dances over your taste buds.

A slice is fabulous on it’s own. A schmear of butter is also delicious and we tried some with cinnamon creamed honey as well. That combination will knock your socks off!

fresh baked loaf of banana bread.

Slicing and Storing Banana Bread

It will be tempting to cut into the bread when it is fresh from the oven. However you will thank yourself later if you let the loaf cool completely first.

two slices of banana bread served on small plate with platter of slices in background.

Cutting the loaf too soon will allow more steam to escape. This results in a dryer crumb later.

You can warm up a slice or two at a time later by putting them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. This will give them the fresh out of the oven feel again.

Store the loaf of bread in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. Any longer than that and the bread should be refrigerated or frozen.

thick slices of freshly baked banana bread ready to eat

 It will keep for a week in the refrigerator or up to three months in the freezer.   So you can make a loaf on the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week! 

To freeze a whole loaf of bread, place it in a freezer bag and get as much air out as possible before freezing. Alternatively wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag. 

That way you can have a slice whenever you’d like. A few seconds in the microwave is all it will take to have delicious banana bread any time!

More Great Banana Recipes

If you have ripe bananas, there are so many tasty ways to use them. We have several recipes for banana cake that we love.

One is a great 9×13 banana cake that is baked low and slow and then cooled in the freezer. The texture is great and the flavor is amazing.

Or make a banana sheet cake with salted caramel cream cheese frosting. Alternatively, top with with peanut butter icing and bacon for an Elvis sheet cake.

You can also make banana pudding, no bake banana cream pie, banana oat muffins, and so many other treats. Just type banana in the search bar and pick a new favorite recipe!

slices of banana bread with butter spread on them ready to eat

One Bowl Banana Bread

Classic banana bread is a perfect way to use up ripe bananas. This recipe makes an easy one bowl batter that results in a moist and delicious loaf of yummy banana bread.
4.94 from 16 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings (A 9″ loaf)
Calories 288 kcal


  • ½ cup butter
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat to oven to 350°F and grease a 9-inch loaf pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, melt butter.
    ½ cup butter
  • Stir in the sugar, then the bananas, mashing until incorporated.
    1¼ cups granulated sugar, 3 very ripe bananas
  • Add eggs and mix until smooth.
    2 large eggs
  • Mix in milk, lemon juice and vanilla.
    ½ cup milk, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir until just combined.
    2½ cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for about 1 hr and 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 360mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25g
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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 10th of February 2020

I haven't made banana bread in ages. I need to make a loaf soon!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

You should!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Thursday 30th of January 2020

I always have bananas in my freezer too! I'll definitely have to use a couple of them for this banana bread. It looks so good!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Banana bread is always a good idea!


Thursday 30th of January 2020

I love a good banana bread recipe. The hardest part is waiting on the bananas to ripen. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe.


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

That part is hard! I almost always have some in my freezer, so I can whip some up whenever the mood strikes!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

I too keep bananas in the freezer. And now you’ve got me wanting to pull them out and make this delicious bread! Easy Peasy is what I love about it and I bet it is so so flavorful and moist!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

They are so handy to have on hand for smoothies or banana bread! Thanks, Andrea!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

I love banana bread Carlee and this bread looks so good and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

I love it too! It's such a tasty way to use those soft bananas! Thanks, Julie!