Mom's Incredible Banana Bread Recipe: A Moist & Delicious Family Tradition by Jan Mostrom

Bread/Muffins Desserts
a year ago

Mom's Incredible Banana Bread Recipe: A Moist & Delicious Family Tradition

This family banana bread recipe was a staple in our house when I was growing up. I loved walking in from school to the smell of this delicious, moist banana bread in the oven.

My mom used to cook this banana bread recipe as a cake, but I prefer loaf pans to keep the bread moist. I also like to use a combination of whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour (but you can use just all-purpose if you like!) and a little less sugar to make this bread not only delicious, but also a little healthier.

The easy banana bread recipe is made with butter, eggs, mashed ripe bananas, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar and baking soda. The ingredients are combined, poured into two loaf pans and baked until golden.

Serve this banana bread as a snack or for dessert or even breakfast. It makes two loaves, so maybe you can share one with a friend?

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: Makes 2 loaves


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (the riper the banana the sweeter so even really ripe is great)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour (or use just all-purpose flour)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine soft butter with the eggs and mix together. (Save the butter wrappers to use to grease the loaf pans.) Add in bananas, lemon juice, cinnamon and vanilla and mix. Add flours, sugar and baking soda and mix thoroughly.
  2. Using the butter wrappers grease two 9x5-inch oaf pans and then flour them. Split the batter between the two pans.
  3. Place pans a preheated 350-degree F oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and remove from pan and enjoy!

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Loaf Pans $8 & Up
Vanilla $4 & Up
Cinnamon $3 & Up

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Donna John
Love the addition of whole-wheat flour. Great recipe!
I’m fascinated by the lemon juice in this recipe. Never put it in mine, but will try!
Jan Mostrom
Cassiday It's been in the recipe from the start and I wondered if it had to do with the bananas browning but my mom always used the most rotten bananas so that can't be it! It is one of those recipes that everyone asks me to share! Hope you enjoy!
Elisa Schmitz
Having had the privilege of tasting this delicious recipe many times, I am so grateful you shared your mom's recipe, Jan Mostrom . Dieter Schmitz will be so excited when I make this for him! xoxo
Jan Mostrom
I forgot to say it freezes great Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds and I just made it with gf 1:1 flour (King Arthur) and no one knew the difference--it was delicious!

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