Banana bread is one of my favorite cozy and comforting treats and it’s perfect any time of day. Read on for my favorite banana bread recipes!

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Must-Try Banana Bread Recipes

These banana bread recipes are great for their versatility. You can try my classic one-bowl banana bread recipe, which has all the stuff you crave in a banana bread—super ripe bananas and brown sugar. Or make a double chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips. I also have a 5-ingredient banana bread recipe that’s made with cake mix for easy prep with a delicious result. Other options include a coconut banana bread, banana nut bread, a pumpkin banana bread with chocolate, and more!

1. Banana Bread

Let’s start with a classic banana bread recipe. This one produces a buttery and soft banana bread that’s loaded with bananas. Even better? It’s a one-bowl recipe!

banana bread recipe
Banana Bread
This Easy Banana Bread Recipe has a super-moist, buttery texture and incredibly soft crumb. This1-bowl recipe is the best ever banana bread recipe.
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2. Sour Cream Banana Bread

Adding sour cream to your banana bread makes it the moistest ever. This bread is perfect for breakfast, or add whipped cream or ice cream to serve it for dessert.

Sour Cream Banana Bread
This Sour Cream Banana Bread recipe is the moistest banana bread you’ll ever have! Eat it as-is for breakfast or a snack, or dress it up for an easy dessert!
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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

What’s even better than regular banana bread? Chocolate banana bread! My recipe for double chocolate banana bread has chocolate in the batter and baked on top.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread
This Double Chocolate Banana Bread is moist and decadent, and best of all, it’s super easy to make!
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4. Cake Mix Banana Bread

Running out of time but need banana bread now? Try my recipe for cake mix banana. It’ll take you less than 5 minutes to put together and it’s perfectly sweet and packed with bananas for an anytime treat.

Cake Mix Banana Bread
This cake mix banana bread takes less than 5 minutes to put together. With just 5 ingredients, you can quickly make a sweet, banana-packed bread that is perfect for breakfast or dessert!
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5. Banana Nut Bread

Take banana bread, add nuts, and you’ve got an irresistible snack. Like all good banana breads, it’s super moist and full of banana flavor.

Banana Nut Bread
This Banana Nut Bread is nutty, super moist, and full of banana flavor. It’s perfect for breakfast or a snack!
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6. Pumpkin Banana Bread

I love to make this pumpkin banana bread in October. It’s full of cozy fall spices and a little chocolate, too. Bananas and pumpkin together make for an incredibly moist banana bread that’s impossible to resist.

Pumpkin Banana Bread
Pumpkin Banana Bread is a mash-up of two favorite quick bread recipes for one amazingly moist, flavorful, perfectly spiced treat! 
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7. Banana Bread Pudding

On the off chance you end up with extra banana bread, turn it into banana bread pudding! This recipe for banana bread pudding is the best of both worlds, turning banana bread into a sweet baked pudding that’s so good at brunch.

Banana Bread Pudding in white bowl
Banana Bread Pudding
Banana Bread Pudding is where bread pudding meets banana bread in one warm, delicious dish! Perfect for an easy breakfast, weekend brunch, or dessert treat!
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8. Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

These chocolate chip banana muffins are banana bread baked as muffins, with extra chocolate! Perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
These banana chocolate chip muffins will be the best way to start off your morning. The muffins are the perfect balance of sweetness.
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9. Coconut Banana Bread

If you love coconut, you’ll love this coconut banana bread recipe—bananas and coconut go so well together! You get tons of coconut flavor from coconut milk in the batter, plus extra coconut flakes to make a sweet and moist bread.

Delicious Coconut Banana Bread
Banana bread that's loaded with coconut flavor from the addition of coconut milk and coconut flakes. This bread has a moist texture and sweet flavor that's sure to please.
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10. Gingerbread Banana Bread

File this recipe for the holidays. This banana bread is baked with ginger and molasses to bring warming, festive flavors.

Gingerbread Banana Bread
A twist on a classic banana bread, this recipe uses ginger and molasses to bring warming, festive flavors. Perfect at the holidays.
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Can bananas be too ripe for banana bread?

Yes, bananas can be too ripe for banana bread. When making banana bread, the riper the bananas, the sweeter and softer your bread will be. But if you use overly ripe bananas that are almost mushy and have begun to ferment, this may affect the taste and texture of your finished loaf.

Why do you need baking soda in banana bread?

Baking soda is a leavening agent, which means it helps baked goods rise and become fluffy. In banana bread, baking soda reacts with the acidic ingredients (such as lemon juice or vinegar) to produce tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide, giving the loaf a light texture. 

Do you bake banana bread on top or bottom?

Banana bread should be baked on the middle rack of the oven. This helps ensure even heat distribution throughout the loaf and prevents the top or bottom from browning too quickly.

What is the best pan to bake banana bread in?

The best type of pan to use for baking banana bread is a 9×5-inch loaf pan. This size of pan ensures that the bread will bake evenly and come out with a nice shape. You can also use an 8×4-inch loaf pan, but you may need to adjust the baking time accordingly. 

How do you keep banana loaf moist?

One of the best ways to ensure a moist banana loaf is to use very ripe bananas. The more brown spots on the peel, the sweeter and softer your bread will be. When storing banana bread, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.

Why is my banana bread so dense and moist?

If your banana bread is too dense and moist, it may be because you used too many bananas in the recipe, overmixed the batter, or didn’t use enough flour. Be sure to be precise in your measurements.

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Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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