The Best (Ever!) Banana Bread

I’ve made Banana Bread for several years. Used many (and I emphasize MANY!) recipes to make the ultimate Banana Bread. This recipe, by far, is the best. It’s the only recipe that I ever come back to because I know it will never fail me and it always comes out delicious.

The recipe is from Gold Medal Flour and I’ll share it with you right here.

This is what you’ll need for the BEST EVER Banana Bread 🍌


1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened (I prefer to use the real deal aka butter)

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas – which is about 3 to 4 medium bananas. The darker the better – as my grandma used to say! As a kid I used to get grossed out by my grandma’s “mushy, black” bananas but now that I’m older? I totally get it 👍

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped nuts, if desired (I use walnuts)


Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven.

Pre-heat your oven to 350°F.

Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans: 8 1/2×4 1/2×2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches (I used one loaf pan of 9x5x3 inches)

Mix sugar and butter in large bowl
Stir in eggs until well blended
Add those “mushy” bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened.
Don’t forget the nuts!
Now pour into the greased pan

For 8-inch loaves, bake about 1 hour. If you are using a 9-inch loaf pan bake about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack.

Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

PS. What if you don’t have buttermilk on hand? No problem! You can easily substitute by mixing 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or white vinegar and enough milk to make 1/2 cup. Or substitute with 1/2 cup plain yogurt.

Now the fun part. Time to indulge in homemade banana bread – with tons of butter on top! 😋

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