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Recently we had an abundance of bananas ripening on the counter, solution; make the best ever banana bread! This bread is best made with the ripest bananas possible. When I have bananas that we will not be able to eat I just peel them, pop them into a zip-close plastic bag and freeze them for making bread of muffins another day.


Although this banana bread is delicious as is, I often add ¼ cup of mini chocolate chips. If you are trying to cut back on the amount of snacking you are doing just slice this bread into single servings, wrap in double layers of plastic wrap and freeze. When ready to use, simply unwrap and toast or defrost the frozen slices at room temperature.Best Ever Banana Bread


Best Ever Banana Bread


2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs

2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

½ cup fat free buttermilk

¾ tsp homemade vanilla

1 ½ cups flour

¾ cup toasted wheat germ

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 4 x 8.5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.


With a wooden spoon, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl until creamy, Add the eggs, banana, buttermilk, and vanilla; beat until combined. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in another bowl. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture; stir until just blended. Fold in the chocolate chips if using.


Scrape the batter into the loaf pan. Bake until done, 45-55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for ten minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on the rack.Best Ever Banana Bread


This bread is delicious warm.Best Ever Banana Bread It is also good with cream cheese!Best Ever Banana Bread The bread freezes well and the recipe is easily doubled.

19 comments on “Best Ever Banana Bread

Naomi S. on November 27, 2016 1:18 am

Mmmm, looks yummy! Just so happens I have some very ripe bananas, so I’ll be trying this recipe.

CranberryMorning on November 28, 2016 3:01 am

This looks wonderful, especially fresh from the oven. I’ve never tried cream cheese on banana bread, but I’ll give it a try! Looks amazing.

Nancy Wolff on November 28, 2016 2:16 pm

Cranberry Morning,
Cream cheese on banana bread is amazing especially if the banana bread is still a little warm!

Debra Needles on November 28, 2016 4:53 pm

That looks so yummy! Love me some banana bread! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Funtastic Friday Blog Hop!

Susan @ Culinary Envy on November 29, 2016 2:16 pm

Yum! Love the addition of little chocolate chips! I can hardly wait for my bananas to ripen. Thanks for sharing.

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome on November 29, 2016 3:36 pm

Look how moist that is!! Looks great – Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

Carol on November 29, 2016 5:21 pm

Oh, you’ve made me so hungry! Pinned and shared.

Madalyn Parr on November 30, 2016 3:07 am

yum, I love banana bread! I haven’t made it in a while and I lost my moist recipe, so I will have to try to yours! Thanks for sharing at the link party! xoxo

Jess on December 4, 2016 3:45 pm

This sounds so tasty! 🙂

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Miz Helen on December 4, 2016 11:56 pm

This does look like the best ever banana bread, I would love a slice! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen

Nancy Wolff on December 5, 2016 12:32 pm

Mix Helen,
I love your Full Plate Thursday! See you again this week!

swathi on December 5, 2016 1:33 am

Hard to say no to banana bread, I love it, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. Pinning and tweeting.

Nancy Wolff on December 5, 2016 12:31 pm

I love banana bread!

April J Harris on December 6, 2016 3:29 pm

Your Banana Bread looks wonderful, Nancy. Love the addition of the wheat germ! Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Scheduled to share on our Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

bj on December 6, 2016 9:49 pm

I have ripe bananas but no wheat germ..

Nancy Wolff on December 7, 2016 12:53 pm

so sad, I hope the store is close by!

Sharmelle on December 9, 2016 12:38 am

This looks so Yummy that I am going to have to try it some day.

Nancy Wolff on December 9, 2016 2:28 am

You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

Sharmelle on December 9, 2016 4:59 am

Thank you, Nancy! I have never had it chocolate chip in so it will be interesting. I love Chocolate so I will have to try it in the Banana Bread.

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