Banana bread with nuts on a cutting board
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Moist Banana Bread

Moist and tasty banana bread, perfect for banana lovers. Add a crunchy nut or cinnamon-sugar topping for a special treat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Beth Mueller



Banana Bread

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 large or 3 medium bananas ripe, or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • additional walnuts for topping optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Spray bread pan with cooking spray. Line the long sides and bottom with a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Spray paper with baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl combine sugar and oil. Mix well.
  • Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the flour and baking soda, blend just until flour is incorporated.
  • Add the bananas. Mix until blended, but do not over mix.
  • Stir in walnuts, if using.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Top with chopped walnuts (or cinnamon-sugar) if desired.
  • Bake in 325 degree F oven for 45 to 60 minutes. Time will depend on the moisture content of bananas.
  • Bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of bread comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
  • Remove from oven when done.
  • Allow to cool at least five minutes before removing bread from pan.


Nutritional data provided for general guidance only and includes optional nuts in the bread.
  • Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream.
  • Replace half of the white sugar with brown sugar for a deeper flavor.
  • Walnuts can be replaced with pecans, other nuts, chocolate chips or can be omitted.
  • Nut topping can be replaced with a cinnamon crunch topping, just combine 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. 
  • Vegetable oil can be replaced with melted butter.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg