The best banana bread recipe

The Best Banana Bread  recipe made with butter and a secret ingredient, Greek yogurt! Sweet, moist, and perfect every time. are great recipes when I’m in the mood for a sweet bread.

Banana Zucchini Bread, Perfect Pumpkin Bread and Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread are also great recipes when I need some sweet bread in my life.

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Best Banana Bread

I wanted to get you excited for the double America’s Test Kitchen cookbook giveaway that I announced last week (in the post with that perfect pound cake). So another recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book is in order. If you missed the first announcement of the giveaway, let me give you a recap. In honor of Mother’s Day ATK and I have teamed up to bring you a double cookbook giveaway. This way you can keep a copy and have a second to give away on Mother’s Day! Trust me, it’s a gift you will want to get and give!

I chose banana bread as a second recipe from the book to prove a point. There are a million and one banana bread recipes, just like there are a million chocolate chip cookie recipes. Most people have a “go-to” recipe for these kind of classic kitchen favorites. And for those of us who don’t have a “go-to” we end up trying and trying recipes until we find the magical one that is everything we’ve ever looked for. Well friends, the recipes coming out of the ATK Family Baking Book are over and over again becoming my “go-to’s”, and this banana bread recipe is just that.

It’s exactly what you expect from banana bread and it turns out perfect every time. Sweet, moist, delicious banana goodness… what more could we ask for?! I love that it uses melted butter in the recipe; I like butter.

Can I use whole wheat flour instead?

I’ve made this multiple times with switching out the all-purpose flour for 100% whole wheat flour and the results have been great.

How do I know when the banana bread is done?

Insert a toothpick in center of the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean, the center of the loaf is done.

How long should I let banana bread cool?

Let the banana bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove it from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack for at least one hour before serving.

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The best banana bread best recipe made with butter and a secret ingredient, Greek yogurt! Sweet, moist, and perfect every time.

The Best Banana Bread Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 55 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


The best banana bread best recipe made with butter and a secret ingredient, Greek yogurt! Sweet, moist, and perfect every time.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 very large ripe bananas, mashed well
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch baking pan.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, soda, and salt together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl combine the mashed bananas, butter, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Stir to combine the wet ingredients. Gently fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just combine. Don’t over mix. The batter should be thick and chunky.
  3. Scrape the batter into the greased pan and bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
  4. Let the banana bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove it from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack for at least one hour before serving.


  • This recipe is actually really flexible! You can use whole wheat flour instead of the white (or half and half), you can use sour cream instead of the yogurt, and I have even had great luck making “flax eggs” instead of using real eggs for this recipe (mix 1 tablespoon ground flax meal with 2.5 tablespoons water PER egg you need, stir and let it rest for 5 minutes before using).
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 256
  • Sugar: 19.4g
  • Sodium: 226.8mg
  • Fat: 8.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.2g
  • Protein: 4.3g
  • Cholesterol: 55.5mg

Keywords: Banana Bread, Greek Yogurt, Snack, Breakfast, Sweet Bread

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This is truly the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted! It’s moist and light, filled with sweet aromas and perfect for breakfast or a late night snack! My husband and I are loving all of your recipes, thank you for sharing!


I baked your orange cranberry bread recipe and loved it so I scouted around your website to see if you have a banana bread recipe and boy is this one awesome too!! My husband loves mini muffins coz it’s so easy to pop into the mouth so I made them in a mini muffin pan. He popped 10 within 30 mins of it out of the oven!! This recipe makes about 45 mini muffins for about 13mins if anyone is interested! I know this recipe is a keeper!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!


Hi, I would like to make muffins, how long would you cook them please? Thank you.


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Hi Can someone explain how much butter is used for the recipe? It just says 6T…. Thanks

Lucy Esplin

A capital ‘T’ means Tablespoon. A small ‘t’ in recipes means teaspoon.

deb c

Ok…I will agree….this is a great recipe! Super moist!!!! Didn’t have 3 very large ripe bananas but I had 4 very medium overly- ripe ones. It tasted just perfect. I wanted to throw in pecans as you suggested to Katie, but alas, he doesn’t like nuts in his breads. Oh…wait….he doesn’t like banana bread either….in went the nuts! I love the taste of walnuts in my banana bread….pecans stepped it up to another level! Thanks for the great recipe!!!


I made your banana bread yesterday with my 2 grandbabies ages 3&4. It was just wonderful . Thank you so much. I will be posting it on face book for everyone to enjoy


Thank you for posting this recipe . I love banana bread . Can this be frozen ?

katie w

you weren’t kidding, this banana bread is the best! I love that it is just a simple, no frills recipe. I couldn’t wait for it to cool before snarfing down 2 pieces, so good! I think next time I’m going to throw some nuts in! Thanks!


What if I don’t have plain yogurt?

Your banana bread looks so delicious, I love the look of the texture of it – yum!


Wahoo! Thank you! I can’t wait to get baking. Thinking I’ll need to try this first.

Cami Struiksma

Looks delicious!!!

Bless This Mess - About Me

I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.