Today I'm sharing my Grandma's famous banana bread recipe. This is really the best, easiest, and most fool-proof recipe EVER. I hate baking and even I can't mess it up.

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Why am I discussing banana bread today? Well, did you know that the best banana bread is made with black, brown, stinky, mushy, gross bananas that you would otherwise throw out? Talk about a #FrugalTip! Any time that I post about my banana bread on Instagram, people go crazy and want my recipe.

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Well, here's the thing…It's my late Grandma's super top secret world famous* family banana bread recipe. So I'll tell you…but then I'll have to kill you**.

*um…so not technically top secret nor world famous, but it's good enough that it should be.

**you know I'd never do that to you, but you also know I'm a glutton for drama so just go with it.


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Ready for some easy banana bread tips? Prepare to have your socks knocked off:

  • If the tops start to brown faster than the center is cooking, lower the bread to the bottom of the oven to keep the tops from getting too brown too fast. Or you can lightly rest a little foil on top of the bread to keep the tops from getting too brown.
  • I like to make mini loaves for neighbors and friends. Just set the timer for 30 minutes initially and watch them so they don’t over-cook. You can also make muffins with this delicious banana bread recipe. Set the timer for about 20 minutes and pull them out when a toothpick comes out clean.
  • The recipe is easily doubled or tripled, depending on how many mushy bananas you have. You can also use frozen bananas! (Have some nasty bananas but aren’t ready to bake them yet? Just peel them, stick them in a ziplock, and toss them in the freezer for when you’re ready. Then let them thaw before making the banana bread.)
  • I like to sprinkle extra sugar on the piping hot bread as soon as it comes out of the oven. Gives a nice, sweet little surprise! This is optional, of course. But always so good!


Let the banana bread cool completely! Wrap the bread in foil and put in a ziploc bag. It freezes like a CHAMP. When you're ready to eat it, take it out of the freezer and thaw it on the countertop. It tastes best reheated, slathered in butter (duh).


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Since I love you all so much, I thought I'd share the recipe with you! Now, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I absolutely haaaaaaaaate baking. I. hate. baking. BUT, even I can get this recipe to turn out. So it's basically fool-proof. Plus it's easy and delicious, so you'd be crazy not to try it! Hope you enjoy as much as my thighs do! 😉

Best Banana Bread Recipe

Banana Bread Recipe

Grandma's best banana bread recipe is the easiest, tastiest, most foolproof banana bread recipe ever. 
4.89 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves


  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)


  • Cream butter. Add sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Add bananas. Mix well. Add nuts at the end (optional).
  • Bake in 2 full-sized, well-greased bread pans. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F, or until the middle is no longer gooey. Test for doneness by using a toothpick! Once it comes out clean, your bread is ready to be devoured.


For mini loaves, set the timer for 30 minutes. Do the toothpick trick to check and see when they're ready.
For muffins, set the timer for 20 minutes. Do the toothpick trick to check and see when they're ready.
*They freeze SO WELL! Allow to cool completely, then wrap and store in a freezer-safe bag. Thaw on the counter the night before you want to eat it.
Keyword easy, freezer, make-ahead, old fruit

See, isn't that easy? Really, you'd be crazy to toss out another stinky little banana again. I have many fond memories of eating this bread with my Grandma before she passed away. Hers always ALWAYS tasted better than mine ever has, but you can't really bottle Grandma Magic. I've tried.

Give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it in the comments!

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