Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Not too long ago we were visiting Caroline’s family in Austin and her sister in law Jill had made some banana bread. It was delicious! When we finally had to push off, she sent us back on the road with some. It kept us going for many, many miles and so we’ve nicknamed it “Vanana Bread.” Once we got home, we asked for the recipe because we think it’s the perfect road trip snack! Here it is!

Banana Bread Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease your pan.
Mix the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
Add eggs and beat them.
Whisk flour, soda and salt together in a bowl.
Add contents of bowl to butter mixture until it’s combined.
Add bananas, sour cream and vanilla.
Stir in nuts and pour into pan.
Bake for 70 minutes.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Take the loaf out of the pan to finish cooling!

Woman holding banana bread
Ready to hit the road!

Banana Bread Recipe Recap

Not only is this treat delicious warm right out of the oven but it’s also super tasty when it’s at room temperature or served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. We also think it’d make yummy french toast. Oh and it goes great with coffee in the morning and rum at happy hour! It’s no wonder it’s become one of our favorite van life snacks.

We hope you enjoy our instructions on how to make banana bread. If you make this easy banana bread recipe, please let us know! We’d love to hear what you thought. Do you have your own recipe that you think we should try? If so, please let us know in the comments below.

Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

2 thoughts on “Easy Banana Bread Recipe

  1. I made this today, and it’s the best! My husband requested that I add chocolate chips, so I added 1/2 cup Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips along with 1/2 cup pecans. The bananas we had were huge, and I ended up with a lot of batter, so I used two loaf pans and baked them for 50 minutes.

    We buy chocolate chip banana bread from Fresh Market, and this recipe puts theirs to shame. Thank you so much for sharing your family’s recipe. It’s a keeper.

    1. Hi! Sounds like you made some really great improvisations and improvements! As soon as I heard you added chocolate I wished I’d done the same! Thanks for letting us know you made it – it actually made our day!

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