Rich Banana Bread

An easy and moist Banana Bread Recipe that is loaded with bananas, tangy-sweet raisins, and toasted walnuts. This is one of our favorite overripe banana recipes with hundreds of 5-star reviews.


3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans), optional

For the Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated. Add vanilla extract and mix well.

Mash Bananas: In a separate bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Add the mashed bananas to the wet mixture and mix until smooth.
Combine Dry Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

Alternate Adding Dry Ingredients and Sour Cream: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, alternating with sour cream. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Fold in Nuts (Optional): Gently fold in chopped nuts if using.
Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool: Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.


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