Banana bread is a classic and comforting treat that is perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert. It’s a great way to use up ripe bananas, and this recipe for the Best Ever Banana Bread will definitely become a favorite in your recipe collection. It’s moist, tender, and full of delicious banana flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
4 very ripe large bananas, mashed (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the mashed bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and mix until combined.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in the chopped walnuts (if using).
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
This banana bread is perfect when it’s warm from the oven, or even toasted the next day with a smear of butter. It’s also a great recipe to make ahead of time and freeze for later.