This will soon become your favorite banana bread recipe, this recipe has this really warm flavor thanks to the brown sugar. Tell me I’m not the only one who loves the amazing flavor of brown sugar!
So let’s talk about bananas… ripe bananas have a nice flavor with a sweet taste that makes banana bread amazing.
There are a couple of tips to turn bananas that aren’t quite ripe, more ripe. Place them with the peel still on, onto a baking sheet and bake until the peel is brown, you could slice the bananas and place them in a microwave dish and microwave it for 30 seconds so the banana is slightly soft, which will bring out the flavor and help keep the moisture in the banana bread.
If you tend to freeze bananas for smoothies or nice-cream… you can use those too. Just place them in a glass dish and thaw them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then mash the bananas with a fork and they’re ready to add to the batter.
I use this 10×5 loaf pan.
This banana bread recipe with sour cream is really my most favorite, I love how each slice is so thick, and can easily be packed for lunch, a snack, or frozen in slices to enjoy long after baked! This sour cream banana bread will certainly wow everyone!
Baking soda gives it a nice crust… use a serrated knife when slicing so it doesn’t squish.
Looking to add something else to this recipe:
- Add 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- Add 3 tablespoons peanut butter, reduce the sour cream to 1/4 cup of peanut butter is added
- Add in some cinnamon chips instead of the chocolate chips or use a mixture of both
- Add in 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or sliced almonds
- Add a teaspoon of maple extra for a delicious flavor option
- Make a banana oatmeal bread by adding 1/2 cup oatmeal to the mix for added texture
- Banana date bead sounds like a great option as well, add 1/2 cup diced dates or raisins
This is the loaf pan I use. It’s nonstick and the banana bread comes out easily, remember to slice it with a plastic knife if you cut it in the pan, so you don’t scratch it, also a plastic knife slices it well if it’s still warm and you can’t wait until it cools completely.
What can I put on this banana bread?
You can easily enjoy it as is, I like mine warm, or spread some butter, cream cheese, add some cinnamon sugar, or slather on some peanut butter or Nutella.
- Banana Maple Oatmeal Cookies – these are highly addictive and have a great texture you’ll make again and again
- Banana Bread Pudding with Carmel Sauce – these are so delicious!
- Banana Cream Fruit Pies – and there are other flavors too
The biggest tip for banana bread is so that it does not sink in the center. Be sure the batter is not too wet, and be sure you do not over-mix the batter as soon as the flour is mixed in it’s ready, Be sure your oven is preheated well so the the cake rises evenly. Fruit-filled baked items can tend to be heavy in the center with the added moisture. The internal temp should be 200°. Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack.
Can I add cinnamon to this recipe?
Absolutly, go ahead and add a teaspoon of cinnamon the the recipe for some cinnamon yumminess.
Can I make this banana bread with no butter?
I have not made this recipe using just oil.
If you like bananas I’ve got another dozen banana recipes for you to try:
- Banana Split Cake
- Glazed Peanut Butter Banana Cake
- Banana Crumb Muffins
- Banana Blueberry Cake
- Banana Bread Cake
- Blueberry Banana Mini Cakes
- Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting
- Blueberry Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
- Brown Sugar Banan Nut Oatmeal Muffins
- Banana Split Ice Cream
- Maple Banana Walnut Cake
- Maple Banana Scones
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 medium bananas mashed with a fork (about 2 cups) ripe to over-ripe, or frozen-cut or mashed
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Prepare a loaf pan with a baking spray or shortening and flour. My pan is 10x5.
- In the bowl of a mixer beat the butter with brown sugar until smooth, then add in the eggs and mix to combine.
- Add in the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla and mix on low to medium speed until the ingredients are incorporated.
- Add in flour, baking soda, and salt, mix on low to blend, then medium until combined.
- Bake in a prepared loaf pan at 350° for 1 hour. Be sure to set your timer a little early so you can test to see when it'll be done especially if your pan is a different size. The internal temp of the banana bread should be 200°.
- Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn it onto a cooling rack until it's warm but no longer hot.
- Serve by itself add butter or cream cheese, for an added kick add some cinnamon sugar.