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Moist Banana Bread Recipe from Scratch

This moist banana bread recipe from scratch is delicious with loads of banana flavor. It’s wonderful toasted too.

This banana nut loaf is loaded with bananas to make a dense, moist bread. These are great for gifts or extras can be frozen. As with most quick breads, the flavor is better after it is refrigerated overnight.

To make a perfect loaf, make sure your bananas are VERY RIPE. The peel should be dark brown to almost black in color.

This is a very dense and moist banana bread – which is just how I like it…It’s delicious.

You may also use this recipe to make banana cupcakes.

Moist Banana Bread Recipe
Moist Banana Bread Recipe


2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup homemade brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, beaten
2-1/3 cups ripe bananas, mashed – 5 bananas
1/4 cup homemade applesauce
2 tsp homemade pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a 9″x5″ loaf pan. Adjust so loaf is baking just below the middle of the oven. (one notch below the middle)

Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a small bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Slowly add the eggs and beat until well mixed. Now add the remaining ingredients and stir by hand with a wooden spoon, so the batter is not over mixed.

Add the mashed bananas, and slowly stir until just incorporated. Slowly add banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until it everything just comes together. NO OVER STIRRING. Fold in the walnuts.

Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is done when a toothpick inserted in several places in the bread comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn over on a cooling rack.

Moist Banana Bread Recipe

This is more like a dessert bread. Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread topped with a vanilla glaze, sliced bananas and chocolate sauce. Perfect. #misshomemade
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I make the chocolate sauce while the bread is baking so it is cool when I need it.


1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs at room temperature, beaten*
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate morsels
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 banana, sliced (garnish)

PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.  In another bowl add beaten eggs, mashed bananas, applesauce, buttermilk, vanilla and whisk these ingredients together. 

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and slowly mix together until just moistened.  Fold in the chocolate morsels and nuts.  Pour into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 1-1/4 hours or until a butter knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  It may take 5 to 15 minutes longer depending on your oven.  Place on a cooling rack and cool.

*Put eggs in warm water for a few minutes.

White Glaze

2-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 TBS butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk until smooth and creamy.  Pour over the cooled banana bread.

Chocolate Sauce

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup cold water
2 TBS butter

In a saucepan (before you put it on the stove) combine the coco powder, sugar and salt.  Slowly add the water and whisk until smooth. 

Heat on medium and whisk until glaze comes to a boil.  Simmer for three minutes and add the butter and whisk until combined.  Simmer for another 3 minutes, remove from heat and cool before pouring over the bread.

Tropical Banana Nut Bread is sweetened with pineapple juice, has shredded sweetened coconut flakes and will sweeten your sweetheart. #misshomemade
Tropical Banana Bread

This moist banana bread recipe adapted from Land O’ Lakes website. So dreamy, it will take you back to the Caribbean even if it is snowing outside.


2 cups flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup stick butter
2 eggs
1 TBS freshly grated orange zest
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients except pineapple juice, bananas and coconut in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Add pineapple juice and bananas. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in coconut.

Spread batter into greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan; remove from pan to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.