Friday, July 13, 2012

[The Best] Banana Bread

The Best Banana Bread

We are going way back to basics today.  Because I like basics.  There is something about a classic recipe that is just likeable.  And also because my husband brought home about 12 overripe bananas from work last week.  And everyone needs a great basic banana bread.

And what else do you do with overripe bananas?  You definitely make the softest, most flavorful and moist banana bread that you have ever had in your life.  Please don’t think I am joking.  My sister found this recipe several years ago.  She started making it (and she doesn’t even like bananas) and then got the rest of us hooked.  I’m actually not even sure why it has taken me so long to blog this – because the internet really needs another banana bread recipe.  But I promise you this one won’t disappoint.

The Best Banana Bread

I love eating this bread but even more I love baking it because I adore the smell of banana bread baking.  It’s heavenly.  Let me give you a rundown: 5 eggs, 2 pudding packets, lots of bread flour, lots of vanilla.  That my friends is the equation for moist, over-the-top delicious banana bread.

You won’t turn back to any other banana bread, I am sure of it.  And don’t even try to healthify this one.  It’s really not even worth it.  Trust me.  Banana bread is worth the calories, especially this banana bread.

Happy Friday, my friends!

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Banana Bread Recipe

Yield: 2 loafs

Total Time: 75 minutes

This banana bread takes us back to basics with a simple recipe but extraordinary flavors and an extremely moist texture.


2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 (3.4-ounce each) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
5 whole eggs, lightly beaten
5-6 medium over ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup grapeseed oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until combined.

In a second large bowl, combine the eggs, bananas, oil and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the wet ingredients in to the dry and stir well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in nuts if desired.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans and bake for 55-65 minutes. The tops of the loafs will be golden brown and the center of the loafs will be set. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Cassie's Notes:
If you don't have grapeseed oil, you can substitute canola oil.

This recipe needs little adjustments - I promise - but if you like, you can add chocolate chips or a handful of nuts before adding the batter to the pans.

Slightly adapted from Taste of Home

The Best Banana Bread


44 Responses to “[The Best] Banana Bread”

  1. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 13, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    I’ve never put vanilla pudding powder in banana bread! It sounds and looks wonderful. And haha, your note about healthifying it. It’s good you added that for people like me because I know that I would have most definitely used whole spelt (if we even had pudding powder here). 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 9:30 am

      I keep trying to make banana bread healthier and it just never works. It’s just one of those things that you have to just take the calories, and enjoy every single one!

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    Kathryn — July 13, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    It really looks like it has a perfect texture, I love classic simple recipes like this. They’re the ones I turn to over and over again.

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    Joanne — July 13, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I am always looking for a new favorite banana bread recipe because I haven’t quite found “the one” yet. This sounds like it surely could be IT.

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — July 13, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    There is nothing wrong with the basics! They’re basics for a reason – we love them and they’re awesome. I would eat the hell out of this banana bread right now! 🙂

  5. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 13, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I love a good banana bread! I have never tried using pudding mix in it before. Definitely going to have to try it!

  6. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 13, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Yummmm!!! I’m actually (finally) making banana bread of my own this morning. This looks delicious! 🙂

  7. #
    Jill — July 13, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Ooooh, never thought to use pudding! Great idea!

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    Cookbook Queen — July 13, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    This looks PERFECT!! I love that you added pudding mix….I can’t wait to try it!!

  9. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 13, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    what an inventive banana bread!

  10. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 13, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    MMMM! You and I are on a banana rampage today!!

    • Cassie replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 9:29 am

      I’ll take a banana rampage any day! 🙂

  11. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — July 13, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    This is perfect! I love making banana bread but I also love trying new recipes for it. I am definitely making this recipe the next time I make it. I love how you used vanilla pudding mix and grapeseed oil. Can’t wait to try!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 13, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I love banana bread! And I have never tried adding pudding mix! I will have to give it a try sometime!

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    Rachel {Studio Cuisine} — July 13, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Your husband is amazing for bringing home overripe bananas. Those things just take too darn long to ripen. I’ve been looking for a go-to banana bread recipe for a long time now, this might just have to be it. Now to buy some bananas and develop some patience…

  14. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 13, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    YUM! I just love banana bread! And of course the smell of it baking in the oven is superb!! 🙂 Have a great weekend Cassie!

  15. #
    Baking Serendipity — July 13, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    12 ripe bananas!? Holy moly. So glad this bread happened. I love the smell of it baking too, and am so excited to try the pudding mix trick! Hoarding bananas now…

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — July 13, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Pudding packets, huh? They make super moist cookies, so why not! Banana bread does smell amazing when it is baking, that is for sure!

  17. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — July 13, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    This looks CRAZY!! I love how moist it is 🙂

  18. #
    Sarah — July 13, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Pudding mix? Whoda thunk it? Hope you have a great weekend, girl!

  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 13, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Using pudding packets is such a good idea. You’re so right, the smell of banana bread baking is out of this world!

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    luv what you do — July 13, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    Wow, that does look amazing! I’m a huge fan of banana bread. I have tons of recieps and am still always thrilled to try a new one. I like that this one uses so many eggs. That has to be incredible!

  21. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 13, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    Pudding mix makes everything better–sounds like this is no exception! Glad you found your equivalent of the C.I. cookie recipe for banana bread!

  22. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — July 13, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    I’ve seen cookies using pudding mix but never quick breads! I’m so intrigued!

  23. #
    lisa | with style and grace — July 13, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    can’t go wrong with good ol’ banana bread!

  24. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 13, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I can tell this bread is good just by looking at how many bananas are in it! This sounds awesome!!

  25. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 13, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Making banana bread is my absolute favorite! I definitely have to give your version a try soon!

  26. #
    Ramona — July 13, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    What a terrific recipe… with pudding!! That’s a new one for me. 🙂 I just made a banana cake recipe yesterday that I plan on posting soon…. gotta use up those ripe bananas. 🙂

  27. #
    Anna — July 13, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    Basic recipes are always great, they’re the most important ones!

  28. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — July 14, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    I’ve always wondered about the banana bread recipes that include pudding. I can’t wait to try this!

  29. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 14, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    you definitely can’t go wrong with banana bread! love that this has pudding in it. i’m sure it’s super moist and soft with that! great recipe 🙂

  30. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 15, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Ooooo banana bread is something I can wrap my head and mouth around. Done!

  31. #
    Liz — July 15, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Mmmm, it does look moist and perfect! And I love your secret weapon…I never would have thought to add pudding mix 🙂

  32. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — July 15, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    ooooo This look so moist and cozy; just the way banana bread should be..
    I like the aides of adding pudding.. Nice twist..

  33. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 15, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    Bananas!! Pudding mix is like the secret formula, never tried it, must put it on my list 🙂

  34. #
    Kristina — July 15, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    I’ve never seen a recipe for banana bread like this before, Bread flour and pudding mix?? Sounds kind of amazing 🙂 Need to try! I just made banana bread a couple days ago….only I tried to health-ify it with some oats and yogurt… not good.. definitely need to stick with the basics!

  35. #
    Tracey — July 18, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    Oh man, I haven’t made banana bread in forever! I love it, especially with chocolate chips 🙂 I bet the pudding mix makes this one awesome!

  36. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — July 20, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    I love good old fashioned cake loaves with tea, give me that instead of a cupcake any day! this looks especially delicious!

  37. #
    Paula @ Frosted Fingers — July 20, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    I LOVE banana bread and have bananas getting ripe on my counter right now. I pinned it to try. yum!

  38. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 23, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    Pinning. Making. Fsore sure…I’m a little bit addicted to trying new banana bread recipes 🙂

  39. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 23, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    What was that?! *For* sure. Not fsore ??? lol

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    Lacy — May 16, 2013 @ 4:43 am

    This is my “regular” banana bread recipe now. With two banana loving kids there are always a couple over ripe ones left, so I make this at least monthly. I use vegetable oil instead, because it was what I had on hand the first time, and it always turns out wonderful. Thanks for the recipe, it has been appreciated in my home (and workplace etc…).

    • Cassie replied: — May 16th, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! It is definitely our go-to recipe, too. 🙂

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    Winter — August 27, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

    This is my first time using this recipe. The pudding packets was a wonderful addition! I used applesauce in place of oil, but followed the recipe accordingly. This smelled wonderful baking and tasted even better! Loved it 😉 Thank you for this recipe!

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