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Old Fashioned Banana Bread

This old fashioned banana bread is so easy and is made with sour cream and brown sugar—tastes just like Grandma's banana bread!

Old fashioned banana bread on wax paper sliced.

Old fashioned banana bread is moist and perfect with nuts or without. I usually make it without, just because that's the way my family prefers.

This recipe makes two loaves, so you can cut it in half if you want to make just one. Or make two and give some away.

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Banana bread makes a great housewarming or Christmas gift and it's perfect for the Southern tradition of taking something to a family when a baby's been born or a loved one has passed. 

  • Loaf pans or dish - I use these regular old Pyrex dishes
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • 6 bananas
  • Sour cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla - this is my favorite vanilla!
  • Eggs

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How to make old fashioned banana bread

Cook's Tip: Start with very ripe bananas, with brown speckles but not completely brown.

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9x5 loaf dishes.

Step 2. Whisk flour, sugars, soda, salt and baking powder in large bowl. In a separate large bowl, mash bananas.  Add sour cream, butter, vanilla, and eggs to the bananas. Whisk until well blended.

Step 3. Gently fold the bananas into the flour just until all flour has been incorporated. Pour into prepared dishes and bake for about one hour.

Step 4. Check the banana bread after an hour with a toothpick and if still gooey then add 5 minutes, checking each time to see if the bread is done.  When ready, the loaves will be a dark, golden brown and full of goodness.

Two loaves of old fashioned banana bread on a rack.

I like to pop a slice of this old fashioned banana bread in the microwave and spread a little peanut butter on it. Yum! It's filling and delicious.

Tips for the best banana bread

Storing

Banana bread does not need to be refrigerated. Just place it on a plate on the counter and cover with plastic wrap, or store in an airtight container. Your old fashioned banana bread will keep for several days.

If it starts to dry out a little, then just pop a piece in the microwave or toaster.

How to freeze banana bread

Wrap your loaves in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, then place in a large freezer bag. The loaves will keep with best flavor up to 4 months.

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A loaf of banana bread sliced on a sheet of wax paper.

Old Fashioned Banana Bread

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Sour cream is the secret to making this banana bread moist and tender.
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prep time: 30 mins
total time :1 hr 30 mins
servings :24 servings
author: Lucy Brewer

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 bananas, mashed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9x5 loaf dishes.
  • Whisk flour, sugars, soda, salt and baking powder in large bowl.
  • In a separate large bowl, mash bananas. Add sour cream, butter, vanilla, and eggs to the bananas. Whisk until well blended.
  • Gently fold the bananas into the flour just until all flour has been incorporated. Pour into prepared dishes and bake for about one hour.
  • Check after an hour with a toothpick and if still gooey then add 5 minutes, checking each time to see if the bread is done.
  • When ready, the loaves will be a dark, golden brown.
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Nutrition
Serving: 1sliceCalories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 205mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16g
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Recipe Rating




dlf

Thursday 24th of June 2021

This is really great banana bread!! I will keep this recipe!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

Lucy Brewer

Monday 2nd of August 2021

Thank you so much!

solaris1972

Friday 8th of October 2010

I loooove banana bread. I also make it often. My recipe is almost the same to yours. However, I have never used sour cream. I will try it. I like salty taste in the sweet banana bread. Your recipes are easy to understand and look so nice. Thank you:)

solaris1972

Friday 8th of October 2010

I loooove banana bread. I also make it often. My recipe is almost the same to yours. However, I have never used sour cream. I will try it. I like salty taste in the sweet banana bread. Your recipes are easy to understand and look so nice. Thank you:)

solaris1972

Friday 8th of October 2010

I loooove banana bread. I also make it often. My recipe is almost the same to yours. However, I have never used sour cream. I will try it. I like salty taste in the sweet banana bread. Your recipes are easy to understand and look so nice. Thank you:)