I love banana bread. I have loved it since I was young, though I do have to admit that we used to make it out of a box. How dare we!

I even think my grandmother made hers out of a box? How dare she! I will have to double check.

I stumbled upon this banana bread recipe one evening when I was craving banana bread, but – oh gosh, it’s true – RAN OUT OF SUGAR.  So my first thought, you know, was to run to the store IMMEDIATELY since I come from the internet generation and expect everything NOW. (My dad likes to remind me of this. Alot.) Then, on second thought, also probably due to being a part of the internet generation, I decided I was too lazy.

So I hurrily searched for a recipe using only brown sugar. Which I have boatloads of. Because I love it. And it’s brown, so it’s healthy right? Kind of like ‘brown’ flour – aka wheat?

Or not.

Anyway, I found this recipe from the excellent chefs of Chez us posted on Tasty Kitchen. Have any of you ever been? Well if not, leave here immediately. Go directly to that site. I will expect you back in 8 days, since that is how long I spent perusing the entire thing.

This site was created by Ree, ThePioneerWoman, who is INCREDIBLE. I will say it again, she is INCREDIBLE. Love her. Love her site. Check it out now. Drool over her handsome recipes and yummy husband. I mean yummy recipes and handsome husband. Same thing.

Back to this banana bread. This is by far the most moist (say that 5 times fast) banana bread I have ever had. It is decadent. The batter is so fluffy and instantly appears different than most breads – I noticed this right away and took it as an excellent sign. Probably because I ate a good 3/4 cup of batter.


The decadence has to come from 2 of my most favorite ingredients in baking: sour cream and cream cheese. Love them.

I have one confession – albeit a HEALTHY one. I used whole wheat flour when making this. It was delicious.


Not as delicious as the time I used white flour.

Either way you make it, it is superb. Give it a shot!

I bring out the love of my life:















I love all things PINK.

2 ripe bananas + 1 not-so-ripe banana. The recipe only calls for 2, but we all know I don’t like follow directions.


Mash ’em up good. I prefer to use a fork. I may have also had a bite. Maybe.


These are my friends. They don’t judge me.


Mid-mix. Can you see the fluffy deliciousness? The mashed banana chunks? The consistency is incredible. If you make, you will understand.


I added in some chocolate chips. MILK chocolate chips. I love milk chocolate. Not  huge fan of dark chocolate. It is kind of like veggies to me. I eat it because it is better for you.


Of course, there wasn’t enough chocolate for me. So I needed to add some more.


Ok. Moment of truth.

Do many of you butter and flour your cake pans anymore?

I don’t. My grandmother would be disgraced.

I am a disgrace.

I cheat.


Please note the cookie jar in the background. It is empty. Still.



I just wish you could FEEL the consistency.




I know it is blurry. I am working on that. Or trying. Or begging.

Give it a go & let me know what you think. :)

The Best Banana Bread. Ever.

1/2 cup butter

3oz cream cheese

1 cup brown sugar

2 ripe bananas

1 egg

1/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups flour (I subbed whole wheat)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350. Grease a loaf pan.

Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in mashed banana, sour cream, and egg and mix ’til smoothe. Stir in dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake for 60-75 minutes. Devour.


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32 Responses to “The Best Banana Bread. Ever.”

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    Maddy — September 16, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

    Love the kitchenaid mixer! It’s on my Most Wanted list.

    I’ll have to try this banana bread recipe — I’m always on the lookout for new ones!


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    peanutbutterfingers — September 17, 2009 @ 9:38 am

    haha so funny about the brown sugar being “healthy” b/c it’s brown… i always thought that brown eggs were healthier when i was younger! :) this banana bread looks fantastic!


  3. #
    naomi — September 18, 2009 @ 5:43 am

    ummmm can you come over and make me some of that??

    sounds increddddible, thats being printed and being made asap! : )


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    Kelly W. — May 14, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    This is by far the best banana bread I’ve ever made!!! I just discovered the recipe last week and I’ve already made it 3 times :) So yummy!


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    Chez Us — September 9, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    Thanks for the shout-out on your site. It is a great bread, isn’t it? I pretty much call it dessert … moist, banananny and chocolate! I did try another one this summer, that may have it beat; have to make it at home to really see!


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    Joee — November 10, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Just made this.. SOOO good.. wow. this is def the best banana bread. probably not the healthiest. but hey who cares.. haha lol mm. the cho. chips make it oh so delicious!! yumm.. I LOVE banana bread.. great way to use up ripe bananas!


  7. #
    Karin Whigham — December 3, 2010 @ 4:25 am

    I really enjoy this blog. Wewish I could come here all the time.


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    Amy — February 24, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    I’m jealous. I decided to make banana bread and (after I had already put mine in the oven) I thought I might check to see if you had a recipe for some. Yours sounds way better! I’ll definitely try it next time.


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    Ni — March 3, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    I came across this in a recipe, and it adds another yummy dimension to banana bread and muffins. It’s also great, because you don’t have to wait for the bananas to get really ripe and Halloween scary looking. I just use ones that are no longer green. (Like the third banana you have placed on top in your picture above.)

    Preheat oven to 350 F. Take however many bananas the recipe calls for and place them, unpeeled, on a baking sheet covered with tinfoil. Roast for 15-20 minutes until the bananas are nice and browned/blackened. Remove from oven and place pan on cooling rack until cool enough to handle.

    P.S. I don’t spray or grease the foil, but I do use tongs to lift the bananas off the foil right when I take them out of the oven. I place them back down again in the same spot, and they’ve never stuck yet.


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    Emma Aubry (La Vie en Ginger) — March 4, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    I just want to say that while this is one of your early and perhaps less glamorous recipes, it is absolutely A-FREAKING-MAZING. I can’t stop making different variations: with white flour, with whole wheat pastry flour, with and without the third banana, with chocolate chips, with cinnamon chips, with nuts…you get the picture. I’m developing a minor banana bread problem and I blame you. Thanks so much for sharing!


  11. #
    Maria — June 15, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    THE best ever Banana Bread = I could NOT agree more :) It is my 3rd time baking it, because me, my boy and the rest of the crowd just can’t get enough!!! Thanks a lot for sharing, Jess! Do you still bake it occasionally yourself? (Might be a stupid question, ha ha). I find the taste awesome with the “little too healthy” whole grain flour, but then an extra cup of choc chips can make up for that sin :D I add an extra banana to finish off the moisture, too, mmmm!!!!
    Best, Maria from Denmark


  12. #
    Anitra — August 31, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    I had bananas leftover from last week and decided to make this, I added blueberries, and used greek yogurt instead of sour cream just because I had them and this is the best version I have made to date. it’s the best healthy guilty pleasure dessert ever!!!


  13. #
    Kate — March 6, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    This banana bread is fantastic. I made it last night and ate a piece before I went to bed. I woke up this morning and my three roommates had finished it all while I was sleeping and they left a note asking me to make more tonight. I had set the time for an hour but after 45 minutes I checked it and it was done. Thanks for another amazing recipe!


  14. #
    Susie — March 17, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    This recipe was easy to follow and the results were awesome goodness! Will definitely make again….SOON!


  15. #
    Melanie — April 7, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I’m a batter person. I think it’s so worth the risk of food poisoning. And this batter I could have slurped thru a straw like a milkshake! Wonderful recipe!


  16. #
    Courtney — May 14, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    My dad and brother don’t like chocolate chip in their banana bread (how dare they!) but I was wondering if I could substitute walnuts for chocolate chips and how much to use? Thank you


  17. #
    Suzanne Holt — July 24, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    We make banana bread every time our family (Parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, etc.) and we always make it homemade. Always. And we still butter and flour our pans the old-fashioned way :) One of my friends was say that her grandmother always makes banana bread and always talks about how much time she spends on it just for them. But about a month ago, she found out that her grandmother has always made it from a box. A box! Thought that was funny. Love your recipe!


  18. #
    Lesley — August 7, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Holy deliciousness! My search for the perfect banana bread recipe is over! I love your blog. I have tried several recipes and they have all been great.


  19. #
    Holly — September 1, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    Tried these the other night and my kids ate them ALL !


  20. #
    Melinda — October 24, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    A friend of mine made this, and she said that the bread rose so much that it spilled out of the pan. She followed the recipe completely. Any ideas as to what happened?


  21. #
    Jessica — November 19, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. I’ve had banana bread obsession for years, and this beat out all my recipes AND my mom’s. I tried it with chocolate chips and without… both were SO YUMMY:) I can’t wait to try it with walnuts too!!!!!! A++++


  22. #
    Sharlene — January 31, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    Just popped this load into the oven. Substituted coconut sugar for brown and organic chocolate chips, because that will make it so much healthier!! Lol Looks delicious can’t wait to taste it. Thank You for sharing :)


    • Sharlene — January 31st, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

      *loaf! Lol


  23. #
    Jess M — September 6, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    In the oven now! This is the perfect pre-fall baking recipe :)



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