Old Fashioned Banana Bread

Healthyish Banana Bread

Growing up my mom, Linda would always make us her old fashioned banana bread. It would barely make it to the table before we would begin slicing it and smearing it with butter. This recipe brings back so many great childhood memories and is so delicious. 

There are so many ways to enjoy a great banana bread. While topping mine with butter is by far my favorite, cream cheese or peanut butter are also tasty ways to top this bread. For a fun twist, try adding in chocolate chips, blueberries or your favorite nut to the batter before baking. 

To ensure your banana bread is deliciously moist, you have to use ripe bananas. That is the key to any successful banana bread! Really, really ripe bananas (completely brown on the outside). I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup or 1 stick soft butter
  • 1 cup or 2-3 mashed RIPE bananas
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup nuts  (optional)

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, cream your butter and sugar together.
  • Beat in one egg at a time.
  • Stir in smashed banana, milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir by hand until well blended.
  • Pour into a 9×5 loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from pan and cool completely before slicing




Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!

2 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Banana Bread”

  1. I discover Healtyishfoods during quarantine while working out with my favourite class (Tonic Method). I made this banana bread first and I was hooked. Such a nice website and as I am fellow rescue dog owner(maggietheblindpug) I am in love with Grace.

  2. This recipe has become a staple in our house! We love adding chocolate chips! This is the best recipe for banana bread, do yourself a favor and make it!

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