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5 from 2 votes

Perfect Banana Bread

This perfect banana bread recipe makes a moist, tender, banana bread every time. The recipe is so easy and it's our family's favorite banana bread recipe.
Author: Lisa Kerhin


  • 3 large very ripe bananas plus 1/2 of one banana
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or light sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts - optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put a rack on the middle shelf. Butter and flour a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan.
  • In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, leaving a bit of texture to them.Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, use a hand electric mixer or stand mixer to cream the 1/2 cup of butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in the mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla and beat until just combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and gently stir in pecans.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.