best banana bread recipe ever

This banana bread recipe is very straightforward and easy. The only thing that might might be a little strange is the buttermilk; most people don’t tend to have that on hand and don’t really want to but a whole container for just a 1/2 cup in a recipe.

There is a way around buying a whole quart of buttermilk for one use! I pour a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into my measuring cup then fill up to the half-cup mark before I start my recipe. The vinegar sours the milk, and is a great substitution for buttermilk.

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste (buy it here)
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • ½ cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer; add eggs and mix well. Add milk, vanilla and bananas to mixture. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and blend well. Bake in 1 loaf pan (I like this one!) for 70 minutes.
  2. Adjust your time down if you're baking in small pans. The smaller the pan, the shorter the cook time. Muffins in this recipe take about 25 minutes. I suggest checking your bread every 5 minutes after 25 minutes to see if a toothpick comes out clean if you aren't using a standard loaf pan. Once the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, the bread is done!
  3. After you’ve got your bread baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate them up for gift-giving! See how I used some cellophane bags and stamps to make perfect little gifts below!
  4. If you love this banana bread, my ZUCCHINI BREAD is another must-try!

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