Rich banana bread recipe


  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup (240g) mashed ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup (90g) chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


Preheat and Prepare*
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.

Cream Butter and Sugar*
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add Eggs and Vanilla*
Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Mix in the vanilla extract.

Combine Dry Ingredients*
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon (if using).

Mix Wet and Dry Ingredients*
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream (or Greek yogurt), beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.

Add Bananas*
Fold in the mashed bananas until evenly distributed.

Optional Add-ins*
If using, gently fold in the chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.


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