Best Banana Bread Ever - The Southern Lady Cooks


This is definitely my best banana bread recipe.  Once you try this one, you will make it all the time.  My only problem with this bread is that I cannot leave it alone and could eat a loaf by myself.  This recipe was an experiment and it turned out to be our best one using bananas ever. One of our most popular recipes. Try this great bread.. I promise your family will love it!

Best Banana Bread Ever Ingredients:

All-purpose flour

Baking soda

Butter, melted

White granulated sugar

Sour cream


Medium-sized bananas, mashed

Vanilla extract

Brown Sugar


Chopped Nuts

If you plan to use the glaze (I highly recommend that you do!).. you will need powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. This bread is one of our most popular for a reason, it really is THAT good! I have made this so many times for many different occasions and it’s always a hit. This would be a wonderful addition to any brunch because it is so good with coffee.

Recipe feedback: “Absolutely AMAZING. I’m not a huge banana bread person, nor am I a baker of any sorts, but this recipe has me baking banana breads to be proud of!! I’m making it for the second time in a week–usually I’m a recipe tweaker but this one is absolute perfection all on its own. 10/10!!!!” – Devon

“I just made this banana bread and all I can say is “Best Banana Bread EVER!!!!! Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe. So delicious!!! My husband and I love it.” – Jackie

“I am 68 years old and have made and tried many different banana bread recipes. This is the best ever!! It’s a permanent addition to my recipes! Thanks for sharing!”-Deborah

“I made this bread and OMG, it was AMAZING! It was really moist and flavorful. I added additional nuts and it still came out great. It lasted a couple of days and was still good.”-Latonia

“Omg, AMAZING!! Thank you. My family absolutely loved it and it was easy to make and so incredibly moist. Can’t wait to make it again soon” -Diana

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Best Banana Bread Ever - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Best Banana Bread Ever

The Southern Lady Cooks
This banana bread has wonderful reviews. It's one of our most popular recipes. Easy to make and always delicious! 
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course bread
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 1 loaf


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup melted
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium sized bananas mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Swirl for Batter

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts), Optional

Drizzle Topping for Baked Bread

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk more or less
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Whisk together flour and baking soda in a large bowl and set aside.  Combine melted butter, sugar, sour cream, eggs, bananas and vanilla extract.  Stir together with a spoon.  Add to flour mixture and mix well with spoon.  Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray and add batter to pan. Add swirl.

Swirl Instructions

  • Combine and spread on top of the banana batter.  Take a knife and swirl into batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 65 to 70 minutes checking until done as ovens vary. It took mine 70 minutes to cook. Remove from oven and let cool. Drizzle on topping below.

Drizzle Topping Instructions

  • Whisk together and drizzle over cooled banana bread.
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