Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread sliced on a cutting board

How to make banana bread if you’re just learning to bake and cook.




  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Grease a bread loaf pan with butter, covering the entire inside surface of the pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. (These are the “dry” ingredients.)
  3. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (30-45 seconds on high should do it). Add the bananas to the melted butter and mash using a potato masher, pastry blender or fork. Add the sugar, yogurt, and vanilla and mix very well. (These are the “wet” ingredients.)
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a spatula gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring just long enough to fully mix everything together, but no longer than that. If you are adding nuts, coconut, and/or chocolate chips, add those in when you’re about halfway through mixing the dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45 – 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into in the center of the loaf comes out clean. The cooking time will probably be closer to 60 minutes, but start checking for doneness around the 45-minute mark.