May 26, 2024


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Classic Banana Bread Recipe – I Wash You Dry

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This Classic Banana Bread Recipe is a soft and moist dessert bread with chopped nuts in each bite. 

Use up those ripe bananas in this easy banana bread recipe with nuts or make it extra sweet with my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe. 

Loaf of banana bread with nuts

I’m always so happy whenever I have ripe bananas because it means I can make some of my famous Banana Bread!

This bread never lasts long around my house, so you know it’s a special treat. 

Classic Banana Bread Recipe

What makes this recipe so classic? Well, this recipe has been around for years! 

The delicious banana flavor really shines in each and every bite. It’s soft, moist, and has the perfect added texture of chopped walnut or pecans (totally optional). 

Ingredients Needed:

Here’s the basic list of ingredients you’ll need in order to make this Classic Banana Bread Recipe. As always, you can find the full printable recipe located in the recipe card below.

  • Bananasthe more ripe the better!
  • Butteruse unsalted
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Soda
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Nutsthese are optional, but highly recommended

ingredients for banana bread on white surface

This Banana Bread is so easy that even my 12 year old will make it when she finds there are ripe bananas leftover. 

How To Make Classic Banana Bread

Here’s the best part about this easy banana bread recipe – it’s all mixed up in just ONE BOWL!

MASH BANANA   Use a fork to mash your banana and mix in the melted butter until it’s all smooth.

ADD FLOUR AND EGG    Next, add in the remaining ingredients (except the nuts) and stir to combine. All you need is the fork to mix it up!

bowl with flour and eggs with banana bread batter

FOLD IN NUTS    Finally, once the batter is combined, fold in the chopped nuts (if using) and then pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan

banana bread batter with nuts

How Long To Bake Banana Bread?

Banana bread can take around 50 to 60 minutes to bake at 350 degrees F. 

The batter is thick and the banana bread is meant to be dense, yet moist and tender. 

PRO TIP: Be sure to check with a toothpick inserted in the center to ensure that it is finished baking. The toothpick should come out clean with no crumbs left on it. 

banana bread batter with nuts

Does Banana Bread Have Nuts?

Most classic banana bread recipes contain nuts, like walnuts or pecans, but they can very easily be left out if desired. 

I love the added texture of chopped nuts to my banana bread, so this recipe does have nuts in it. 

Can Bananas Be Too Ripe?

As long as they are not moldy, really ripe bananas are good for banana bread.

In fact, the more ripe the better!

You’re looking for banana peels that are really dark brown/black. The peels should be very thin as well. 

When the bananas are super ripe, they are more sweet, giving your banana bread a delicious flavor. 

baked banana bread in loaf pan

How To Store Banana Bread

Banana bread can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days, or wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 3 months.

After frozen banana bread has been defrosted it might not be as moist as it was when it originally baked, but it should still be tasty.

slices of banana bread

More Banana Bread Recipes

Ready to take your banana bread to the next level? I have a slew of delicious banana bread recipes that are sure to please…

plate with banana bread slice

I can’t wait for you to give this tasty Classic Banana Bread Recipe a try! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Classic Banana Bread Recipe

This classic banana bread is perfectly moist and studded with nuts in every bite.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time50 mins

Total Time1 hr

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 8 slices

Calories: 323 kcal

Author: Shawn


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8″x5″ (or similar size) loaf pan with baking spray (the kind with flour in it) and set it aside.

  • In a large bowl, use a sturdy fork to mash the bananas until completely smooth. Stir in the melted butter.

  • Add in the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour and then stir with fork until the batter is thick and combined. Don’t over mix, some lumps are ok. Fold in the chopped nuts and then scoop/pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake the banana bread for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes before removing and cool completely on wire rack. Slice and enjoy!


For a pretty presentation, sprinkle a few extra chopped nuts on top of the batter prior to baking. If the top starts to brown too much, loosely cover with foil and continue baking until cooked through. 


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 301IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg

Keywords: Banana Bread

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