This easy Banana Bread recipe is a no-fail favorite that comes out perfect every time!

With a handful of ingredients that you likely have on hand and only a few minutes of prep, you’re going to start buying extra bananas just for this recipe!

Banana bread on a cutting board with pats of butter

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Quick This is so quick to prepare, you’ll probably have it ready to go before your oven even finishes preheating!
  • Easy Ingredients The ingredients needed are things I always have on hand so I can make this at a moments notice.
  • No-Fail This recipe turns out perfectly every time.
  • Extra Moist The banana bread in this recipe is deliciously moist with a tender crumb, just as it should be.


Bananas You want your bananas to be ripe with many black spots, this means they’re soft and full of sugars.  You can peel them and freeze them to bake with at a later date too.

To Ripen Bananas  Quickly: Uhoh, you have beautiful yellow bananas, perfect for a smoothie or banana pudding but not so much for baking!

    • To ripen in 1-2 days: place them in a paper bag (with other ripe fruit if you have any) and seal.
    • To ripen immediately, bake at 300°F for 15-20 minutes. Cool before using in this recipe.

Eggs & Oil Eggs and oil add moisture to quick breads like zucchini bread and of course this recipe too.

In this recipe, we replace some of the oil with mayonnaise (which is made of… eggs and oil)! While this may seem like a weird ingredient, as you can see from the reviews, it is the perfect addition!

Mashed banana, mayonnaise and egg in a bowl and a second photo of the mixture added to a flour mixture

How to Make Banana Bread

Banana Bread with Mayonnaise? I know it may sound a little bit strange, but mayo is made with oil and eggs which are basically staple ingredients in any quick bread.

Be sure not to overmix or it’ll be dense and chewy instead of soft and moist.

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (per recipe below).
  2. Combine bananas (of course), mayonnaise and egg in a second bowl.
  3. Mix the two together just until moist (image below, your batter should be lumpy).
  4. Pour into a greased pan and bake.

I make a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake which is to die for. If you have never had a bread or cake made with mayonnaise before, you MUST try it.
Lumpy banana bread batter in a glass bowl

Tips for Success

Bananas add flavor and moisture to this loaf as does the mayonnaise. A few more favorite tips:

  • The batter is thick, do not add extra liquid.
  • Avoid adding extra bananas, this can make the bread too dense.
  • As with all quick breads, do not overmix. Stir just until incorporated.
  • Do not overcook. Ovens can vary so check your bread at least 10 minutes before the time is up.
  • Seal well once cooled (a freezer bag works well too).

You can add in pecan or walnuts or chocolate chips to this banana bread recipe.

For easy removal, line the loaf pan with parchment paper leaving about 3 inches of paper folded over the top of the pan.

A sliced loaf of banana bread made from an easy banana bread recipe

How to Store Banana Bread

Banana bread should last about 3 days tightly sealed on the counter.

To FREEZE: You can either freeze the loaf as a whole or slice it and freeze the slices. To defrost a slice just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds or even just add it to the lunch box frozen, it’ll defrost in plenty of time for lunch!

Options and Add-Ins

  • Banana Nut Crunch Muffins – reader favorite
  • Blueberries – Toss with a bit of flour before adding to the batter to keep evenly distributed
  • Peacans, coconut, dried fruits
Two slices of banana bread with melting butter on top
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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

This banana bread is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever tried and turns out perfectly every time! Feel free to substitute your favorite nuts (like walnuts) or even add in chocolate chips.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 3 medium bananas mashed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • In a bowl mix together mashed bananas, mayo and egg. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and pecans
  • Add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just until combined. Note: The mixture will be very thick, do not over mix
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.



Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
To Ripen Bananas  Quickly bake at 300°F for 15-20 minutes. Cool before using.
Avoid adding extra bananas, this can make the bread too dense.
As with all quick breads, do not overmix. Stir just until incorporated.
Check your bread at least 10 minutes before the bake time is up.
Line the loaf pan with parchment paper leaving about 3 inches of paper folded over the top of the pan for easy removal.
To Make Muffins divide over 12 muffin wells and bake 14-18 minutes or just until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake.
4.98 from 2045 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 231 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. Great recipe, easy to follow, and even my picky eater loves it. Only change I made was leaving out the nuts (my picky eater doesn’t like nuts) and adding mini chocolate chips.

    We’ve made this recipe twice now and will keep making it. Thank you!5 stars

      1. I haven’t tried substituting the brown sugar for white, but I think it sounds delicious Karen. If you try it, let us know how it goes.

  2. Delicious and cooked well! I added 1/2 cup walnuts (didn’t have pecans on hand), 1/2 cup choc chips, 1 tsp of vanilla, and 2 tsp of cinnamon. I also used 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup because we’re trying to watch our sugar consumption (and also because I knew I was adding chocolate chips!). It was great! Thanks so much.

  3. This truly is a flawless recipe! Simple to prepare. It is very moist and has a delectable aroma.
    *1 After sampling just one slice, it is impossible to stop eating.5 stars

  4. I added dried cranberries to mashed bananas mixture,cinnamon& vanilla.
    I was happy to see it came out great!5 stars

  5. my daughter gave me a couple dozen ripe bananas she had in the freezer they lasted only 2 weeks i gave them to a lot of people everyone loved them

  6. Because this has Mayo would you leave it out overnight or refrigerate- I usually leave my bread out and I did with this before I even thought about it

    1. Hi Jessica, this bread is baked so it should be okay. Banana bread should last about 3 days tightly sealed on the counter.

  7. I sub Swerve brown sugar and Duke’s Light Mayo to make this a little healthier. I sometimes add a few Lily’s SF chips. It’s fabulous and my go to Banana Bread Recipe. Thank you!5 stars

  8. This was the best and moist bread.I made one in my cast iron skillet.Turn out great and didnt stick to the pan. I agree from other comments I should have added some vanilla and cinnamon.It was a little flat.I didnt add nuts but it tasted nutty.I will make this again. Thank You for sharing.5 stars

  9. This Easy Banana Bread Recipe is an absolute must-try for all baking enthusiasts out there! The recipe is straightforward and requires minimal ingredients, making it a perfect option for a quick and delicious homemade snack. The bread turned out moist, fluffy, and full of banana flavor, thanks to the use of ripe bananas and a few essential baking ingredients. I appreciate that the recipe includes easy-to-follow instructions that even beginners can understand. Overall, this recipe is a winner, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to whip up a tasty treat in no time. 5 stars

  10. It was very most and delicious, but next time I will use less salt and add nutmeg and cinnamon.

  11. Everyone loves this recipe so moist and delicious and easy to make need to find the mayo chocolate cake recipe.

  12. I made this today. I added pure vanilla extract, because I have used it ever since I learned how to make banana bread. Also, cinnamon, for the same reason. The recipe said to bake it for 60 to 70 minutes. I followed the instructions for the loaf pan, and I pulled it out AT 55 minutes, it was really dark brown by this time. It should have come out from 50 to 55 minutes. Good taste though, but needed the cinnamon and vanilla.3 stars