The Best Banana Bread Recipe

Bread · August 17, 2012

The BEST homemade Banana bread recipe that is moist, simple, and so easy. Everyone loves this recipe and it’s always a hit with the kids.

Banana Bread Recipe

I know I’ve mentioned this before but even though I LOVE fruit, I don’t like it in my desserts or other dishes. Weird, I know. I guess you could say I was surprised then when my mom made my family some Banana Bread and I could NOT stop eating it. It was DELISH!!! I asked her what the secret was to The Best Banana Bread Recipe and she said “Whipped Topping and Sour Cream.” YUP! Both of those ingredients are in this bread and make it so stinkin’ good and so (although I don’t really like this word) MOIST!! This recipe is also easy and has become my go-to recipe whenever we over-ripe bananas sitting on the counter.

After trying this bread, I don’t think I’ll ever use another Banana Bread recipe again. It’s perfect and so delicious (and is gone in minutes if the kids are around). 😉

Banana Bread


Baked to perfection!!

BEST Banana Bread recipe

Since then I have made this recipe every other week for the last few months. It’s the perfect go-to recipe when the bananas start getting old and you don’t want to waste them and throw them away.

You can also change it up and add 1 -2 cups of chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate chips) to make:

Delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe! So yummy and if you love banana bread, you'll love the added flavor of chocolate!


  • They’re best when the bananas are overly ripe
  • For muffins bake for 18-20 minutes instead.
  • If you like nuts, fold them in before pouring into pans.
  • Looking to make it more sweet? Add a cinnamon and sugar topping on the top (1 TB sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.)

How to make Banana Bread:

The Best Banana Bread Recipe
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 12 oz. carton of sour cream
  • 4 bananas ripe
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 envelope whipped topping
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray two loaf pans with spray or grease and flour.
  2. Cream sugars, oil and eggs. Add vanilla, sour cream, and bananas. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and powdered whipped topping. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix well. (You can add chocolate chips as well - optional)
  4. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 40-50 minutes.

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Ok so what is the recipe? It looks soooooo yummy!


Can you share the recipe?

Amy K.

I use a banana bread recipe that includes a stick of butter & a brick of cream cheese (for two loaves)… super tasty, not super good for you! I bring it up another notch by adding a streusel topping – two parts flour to one part butter & one part brown sugar mixed together until it’s crumbly. For two loaves I use 4T flour, 2T butter & brown sugar. YUM!

Margaret Dela Cruz

I would love to try your recipe!!!!

Dezi A

Yum! It’s been so long since I made banana bread, my boys always eat all our bananas while they’re still a little green. I’ll have to hide some bananas to make this.
And that is kinda strange you don’t like fruit in desserts and other dishes. 😉 I love fruit in EVERYTHING!! 🙂


Your blog is super cute!

You’re newest follower from Come visits sometime!



Your bread sounds amazing! I converted a family favorite of ours to make it gluten free, here is the link for mine:

xoxo, Tanya 🙂


he recipe is great.


Wow! The title of the recipe couldn’t be more fitting!


My mom’s is better…

As an addition, try 3 TBSP’s of cinnamon.


what is an “envelope of whipped topping”? I cannot find a store around me that carries it.



      Lil' Luna

      At the stores by me it comes in a small box with 4 envelopes called whipped topping and it’s near the pudding section. 🙂

    Sarah S.

    I found it in the baking aisle with the pudding and tapioca mixes.


    Lived in up-state NY,Know in Florida an i have never heard of it.

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Yum! We love Banana Bread in our house! Stopping by to let you know that I featured you and your amazing Pinterest Boards on my blog today…
Thanks for the inspiration!

Rebecca Foster

I have eaten this one. This is really best banana bread.

Kat Wesley

Perhaps, this banana bread tastes good. Well. I can find it after making this recipe.


Wow! What an awesome recipe, will definitely try this one and I pinned it as well. Thanks so much.


what is an envelope of whipped topping?


    You can find it over in the jello aisle. It comes with 4 packets usually in a box.


      The envelopes of dry whipped topping are Dream Whip.


The recipe calls for 1 carton of sour cream. I can only find 8 or 12 oz (or bigger) cartons and am wondering if there was maybe a typo in the recipe. Let me know! Don’t want to weigh it down too much!


    it says 1 – 12oz carton


Is there anything that can be used as a substitute for the dream whip? I can’t find it at my grocery store.

Dianne K.

I agree, this IS the BEST Banana Bread recipe….ever! It is identical (except for the fact that she does not use the envelope of whipped topping) to the one my Mom has been making for 30+ years. Each and every time she makes it the bread disappears within a day! She has received countless compliments on her banana bread and it’s always the first to sell out at our church bake sales. The sour cream is the secret, hands down! 🙂

Dianne K.

One other note: Mom usually adds chopped pecans, too, to give it that little “something special!” Of course, being from Georgia, USA we add pecans to almost everything and anything we can! 😉


I just made this and it was awesome! Super moist and delicious and would be good with walnuts!

    Lil' Luna

    So glad to hear you like it!! And walnuts would definitely be good in it – will have to try that next time! 😀


Can I leave out the whipped topping out or what can I replace it with? We are overseas therefore not available at the stores here, thanks.

lisa giltner

Hello, I’m gona make this banana bread recipe. Can you tell me please, did you use 2 regular size loaf pans? I’m guessing it makes two full size loaves. Thx U!

Whitney Baze

We LOVE banana bread in our house! It rarely lasts more than a couple of days. I have a favorite, but the recipe is lost in our storage unit at the moment. I’ve been making the one I linked below with less banana and sometimes adding some unsweetened applesauce when I’m short a couple of bananas.

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Jealith!! Can’t wait to try it out. 🙂


have you tried to use apple sauce instead of the oil? I usually do this in my banana bread recipes to make it a little healthier and it works great. I wonder how it would work for this recipe.


The whipped topping is called Dream Whip.


Hi everyone, I’ve tried this recipe last week, all my friends and I thought it was amazing. In france we don’t have the whipped topping so i checked the ingredients on the Internet and i found out that there was mostly crisco and milk powder in it. so i replaced these ingredients with a little bit more sour cream and 2 tbsp crisco… it did the job.
however i don’t know what cake mould size you used, but for the one i used, i could make 2 cakes with the quantity you gave us. I’ve also tried it in a cup cake size, and i think it was even better. thank you for sharing your recipe.

    Lil' Luna

    Yay!! So fun to think that someone in France made it and liked it. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. XO PS – Thx for the tip about the Whipped Topping. 🙂

lisa g.

Hi, one year ago in January of 2013, I asked what size loaf pans you used in your banana bread recipe. Please, what size loaf pan(s) did you use and thank u!


Nice bread recipes. Thank you.

Yvonne (Bread Fun)

Your bread loafs look beautiful, tasty, appetizing, irresistible, and the list go’s on and on. I will be trying many of your recipes. Just hope they look like your. Awesome!!!!

    Lil' Luna

    Let me know how they go if you give them a try. We LOVE homemade bread at our home!


I want to make this now! Love this blog. I have made the cinnamon bread already and my family loved it!
I will bake this banana bread today. Do you think greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream? I know that the sour cream is the secret ingredient but I only have yogurt.

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Rosanna! I think greek yogurt would work as well! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂


I love banana bread and this recipie sounds delicious!! Thanks
I just wonder if the whipped topping mix can be excluded as it seems to me it probably contains all kinds of ingredients you cannot pronounce and we shouldn’t eat! Maybe change the canola oil for olive oil, much better for you and will taste better, I also add cinnamon to my own recipie!! Will try tonight when the weather cools off. (I’m in California)

    Lil' Luna

    Let me know how it goes!!


    Try using coconut oil. It’s the best oil for baking/cooking and the healthiest!


I also use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream!!! Delicioso!!

    Lil' Luna

    Ooooh – good idea!! Will have to try that next time. 😉


OMG!!!! Your bread recipes are fabulous!!!!! I am definitely going to make them especially the lemon zucchini
Bread. Can’t wait!


I love this recipe. Thanks for share this.
I will be doing a video on my channel whith this bread! It’s ok?
Eusa Maciel

    Lil' Luna

    I prefer that you do not use my recipes in videos. Thank you!

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