This Classic Banana Bread is perfectly sweet, moist, and full of flavor! You can enjoy this bread plain, with chopped walnuts, or even chocolate chips. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!
2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 grams) light brown sugar packed
2 large eggs at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups (440 grams) mashed banana
1/2 cup (80 grams) chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, line the pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, mix together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for 4-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla, making sure to mix well after each addition. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the mashed banana and mix until fully combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure not to overmix the batter. Gently stir in the chopped walnuts.
Scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it around into one even layer.
Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Tent with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning if needed.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the loaf pan for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the bread from the loaf pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To freeze the the loaf: Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag or container in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, place it on the counter for several hours or overnight so that it can come to room temperature.