I may be biased because I grew up on my grandma's delectable banana bread, but I promise this will be the best and only banana bread recipe you will ever need. Ever. It only takes about 15-30 to prepare and a little over an hour to bake. It usually takes me longer if you include my dancing in the kitchen and eating chocolate chips as I go. 

The secret ingredient that my grandma uses is sour cream. I know what you're thinking: WTF sour cream in a sweet, delicious banana bread?! Trust me on this one, you won't regret it. Also, check out this delicious recipe for vegan banana bread

The key to the recipe is using VERY over-ripe bananas (the mushy ones with the black dots all over them). They might look unappetizing for your morning cereal topping, but the extra ripe bananas add awesome flavor, color, and texture that can't be beat. 

Grandma's Banana Bread

  • Prep Time:30 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr 10 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 40 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 3-4 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter-softened not melted
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips or nuts Shout out to walnuts
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350˚F.

  • Step 2

    Soften 1/4 cup of butter, but try not to melt it all the way! I do this by microwaving the half stick of butter, flipping it every 20 seconds until it is soft but not totally melted. Usually takes about 3 flips. Combine in bowl with 1 cup of sugar and mix until it kind of looks/feels like snow and is light and fluffy.

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  • Step 3

    Mash up the bananas (I usually do this with a fork) and add to the mix along with the milk, sour cream, and egg whites. Pro tip: to get your bananas very ripe, just let them sit out for a few days and voila!

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  • Step 4

    Next, add flour, baking soda, and salt to the batter.

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  • Step 5

    You can choose to add chocolate chips, nuts, or anything your heart desires. I opt for the chocolate chips and put in about 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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  • Step 6

    Now all the ingredients are in the bowl! YAY!

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  • Step 7

    Mix well and pour into a 9x5 loaf pan. Before pouring, spray the pan with cooking spray and/or cover it with parchment paper. Going with parchment paper makes the cleaning after math MUCH easier!

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  • Step 8

    Bake in oven on 350˚F for 1 hr 10 min (give or take 7ish min) or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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  • Step 9

    TADA time to indulge and enjoy!!

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