Easy Japanese Recipes

Banana Bread

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Do you have recipes to go to that you love and keep making over and over again?  For me, this banana bread recipe is one of those recipes.  I’ve been making this same banana bread since college!   It’s so moist and delicious and it’s definitely one of our family’s favorite.

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I got this recipe from my best friend that I met in college.  She was from Osaka and we met each other at the international students’ orientation when we moved to the US for college.  She and her banana bread recipe have been my best friend since then, almost 20 years!

I wasn’t into baking until I met her.  She loved making sweets and one day she gave me a few slices of this banana bread.  It was very moist and it was different from other banana breads I had before.  The texture is soft, with bits of banana and just the perfect amount of sweetness.  The store bought banana breads I’ve tried are usually dry and don’t have too much real banana flavors.

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My friend used a square 8” baking dish to make the bread.  The height of the bread is shorter than your typical banana bread but you can slice bread into thicker slices.  Simply pick up a slice with your fingers to enjoy a mouthful of this moist banana bread.  What I love the most is enjoying it with a cup of great coffee in the morning.

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This is one of those recipes that I measured ingredients with a measuring cup (I didn’t own a kitchen scale in college).  Even though it’s not as precise, you will still get good result.  I put the weight measurement below for those of you that use a kitchen scale.  I hope you enjoy this banana bread as much as my family does!

Here’s the video on How To Make Banana Bread on my YouTube Channel!  Enjoy!

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Banana Bread
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Serves: 1 Loaf
  • ½ Tbsp. butter for greasing the baking dish
  • 1 ⅔ cups (208 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup (113 g) butter, soften
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil (vegetable, canola, grapeseed oil)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas, separated (See Note 1)
  • ½ - ⅔ cup raisins (optional)
    Banana Bread Ingredients
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease an 8” square baking dish with butter (bottom and sides).
    Banana Bread 1
  2. In a bowl, combine 1 ⅔ cup flour, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp. baking soda, and ½ tsp. baking powder and whisk all together.
    Banana Bread 2
  3. In another bowl, combine ½ cup soften butter and ½ cup sugar and whisk well.
    Banana Bread 3
  4. Add 2 eggs, 1 Tbsp. oil, and 1 tsp. vanilla and beat with the whisk until well blended.
    Banana Bread 4
  5. Mash 3 bananas with a fork and mix into the egg mixture.
    Banana Bread 5
  6. Add the 1 ⅔ cups flour to the banana mixture and stir just until blended. Add raisins, if you prefer.
    Banana Bread 6
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly with the rubber spatula. Slice 1 banana thinly into rounds and decorate on top of the banana bread.
    Banana Bread 7
  8. Put the pan in the oven and bake at 350°F (175°C) until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes. If you don't eat right away, wrap each slice or the whole cake with plastic wrap. Store at the cool place and enjoy within 2-3 days.
    Banana Bread 8
1: To quickly ripen bananas, bake at 300 F (150 C) for 30-40 minutes (depends on your banana) [source].

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally shared in January 11, 2011.

Posted in: Baking Recipes, Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts, Featured, Quick & Easy, Snacks, Vegetarian

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  • Saukok March 20, 2011, 7:58 am

    Hi Nami, I’m making this again to bring to a friend who just had a baby. The last time I made it it was such a hit…

    • Nami March 20, 2011, 4:26 pm

      Hi Sau! I’m really happy to know you are baking the banana bread again! And thank you for letting me know that. When I saw your comment this morning, it made my day. Baking it for the second time means you really liked it! :-)

  • Lin June 20, 2011, 7:32 am

    Hi Nami,

    We love banana bread. I owuld love to try yr recipe, however my husband cannot take butter, can I replace the butter with oil?


    • Nami June 20, 2011, 8:44 am

      Hi Lin! Thank you for being interested in this recipe and asking the question. However…I’m not really a baker (as you might have guessed) and I am afraid I can’t answer to this question. I assume it’s replaceable but I’m not sure how much oil is equivalent to the amount of butter in order to get the right texture. So sorry I can’t help you with this. :-(

      • Tuty February 28, 2015, 4:47 pm

        Just a suggestion… perhaps you can use extra virgin coconut oil (here is a link to the one sold by Trader Joe’s: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1520 )

        Of course, since I have not tried this recipe with coconut oil, I can’t say for sure that the outcome/texture will be the same as using butter. Perhaps, you may want to give it a go and let us know how it works for you :-)

        • Nami March 3, 2015, 9:28 am

          Thanks so much for your suggestion! :)

    • Hien March 9, 2015, 1:30 pm

      I replaced half of Nami’s suggested amount of butter with greek yogurt (ie. a combination of 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of yogurt) and it came out very moist. I think you can totally replace the entire amount of butter with yogurt. Or to be safer, replace 1/2 cup of butter with a combination of 1/4 cup of oil + 1/4 of yogurt (which is what I usually use for my yogurt cake).

      • Nami March 9, 2015, 2:26 pm

        Thanks so much for sharing with us, Hien! :)

  • Jae November 13, 2011, 7:06 am

    Hi Nami,
    What is the weight of banana to be used? Do we have to mash them?

    • Nami November 13, 2011, 2:27 pm

      Hi Jae, it’s about 600-700g (1.5-1.8oz). I break and mash bananas with my hands when I put in. Thanks for asking the questions!

  • Barbi February 25, 2013, 6:57 pm

    This sounds delicious, I want to try it this week. Can you tell me what size pan you usually use? The picture looks like an 8×8. Thanks! Barbi

    • Nami February 25, 2013, 11:14 pm

      Hi Barbi! Yes, it’s 8″ x 8″. Hope you enjoy this banana bread! :)

  • Gourmet Creations March 6, 2013, 7:00 am

    Love this!

  • Natasha (@NatashasKitchen) June 20, 2013, 7:59 pm

    I love your decoration on top of the bread :). We make banana bread all the time, but this gives me an idea how to decorate the top.

  • YJ May 31, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Hi Nami,
    Instead of using a stand mixer, could I just use a spatula to combine the ingredients? Or would I need to cream the butter, sugar and eggs together? thanks.

    • Nami June 2, 2014, 12:52 am

      Hi YJ! Yes, you can use a spatula to mix this, instead of stand mixer. :)

  • Loren June 8, 2014, 9:26 pm

    hi Nami,

    would really love to try this recipe. may i ask how much is 1 stick of butter ? thank you

    • Nami June 9, 2014, 1:26 am

      Hi Loren! American 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup = 8 Tbsp = 113 grams. Thank you for asking!

  • Eha February 25, 2015, 5:20 pm

    Not a baker by any means, but both nut breads and banana bread seem to be in a different category! Love the way you have ‘dressed’ yours . . . shall copy . . . thank you

    • Nami February 26, 2015, 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Eha! :) Have a lovely weekend!

  • Lillie February 25, 2015, 6:37 pm

    Hi Nami
    if I have self-raising flour, can I take baking soda and baking powder out from the list?
    also, do you think I can use sunflower oil instead?

    • Nami February 26, 2015, 4:48 pm

      Hi Lillie! The proportion is probably not the same, but I think it’ll probably work just fine. It’s my best guess. I’ve never used sunflower oil but it should be okay! :)

  • John@Kitchen Riffs February 25, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Always love to see old recipes revived! This is a good one. Love its appearance! Thanks.

  • Kitchen Belleicious February 25, 2015, 7:20 pm

    this looks amazing and I absolutely love how you placed the bananas on top. Too cute and so delicious

  • kylo February 25, 2015, 9:27 pm

    Hi Nami!

    would like to try this great recipe. is it still taste moist in next day?

    • Nami February 26, 2015, 4:48 pm

      Hi Kylo! Yes, absolutely! Make sure to wrap with the plastic wrap after the bread is cooled down. :)

  • rika February 25, 2015, 9:56 pm

    So beautifully presented, I love the clever way you use chopped bananas as a decoration! I totally agree, banana bread is probably one of the most desirable recipes to make again! ;)

  • cristina February 25, 2015, 10:55 pm

    What a beautiful banana bread – like how the bananas are placed on top! Delicious!!

  • Helena February 25, 2015, 11:15 pm

    I must try this recipe!
    looks really tasty!

    • Nami February 26, 2015, 4:50 pm

      Thank you Helena!

  • Bam's Kitchen February 26, 2015, 12:34 am

    Nami-san, I think there is something about this cooler weather that makes you crave carbs. There is nothing like a delicious homemade banana bread to make your day perfect with a cup of tea. This will be great to put in the kids lunches too. I love how you decorated it with the bananas. Sharing, of course!
    I have many old recipes but great little recipes with photos that need to be redone, etc. I was thinking about doing the same thing. Are you keeping the old post in the archives so that others can access it or do you decide to hide your old post? What is your recommendation on this? Take Care

    • Nami February 26, 2015, 4:32 pm

      Hi Bobbi! What I do is to change the date of the old post (this post was originally published 1/11/11) to current date. All the comments since the original post date stay. We should not have any duplicate content on our own website. Therefore, if you don’t change the recipe (or just minor fix), I recommend updating the publish date. Also, if you update the picture, it’s always nice to treat it as a new post. Maybe update the content a little bit too. Since the original post date, we have more readers, so it’s nice to refresh the post once in a while. Hope that helps! :)

      • Bam's Kitchen February 26, 2015, 7:13 pm

        Thank you Nami-san! I have updated some of my posts but changing to the current date is a great idea. Will do with my next updates. Take Care and have a super weekend!

  • Kelly February 26, 2015, 2:07 am

    What a beautiful banana bread! Love that you are sharing you friend’s recipe who got you into baking, it looks delicious!

  • Barbara Cortili February 26, 2015, 2:30 am

    I love banana bread and this recipe looks delightful!I can’t wait to try it soon! :)

  • Linda | Brunch with Joy February 26, 2015, 7:07 am

    Nami, I’ve never seen a banana cake this beautiful. Definitely droolworthy!

  • Monica February 26, 2015, 7:31 am

    Lovely presentation! I can just imagine sitting down with a cup of coffee with a friend (or my husband or a good book) at midday to enjoy this. The sliced bananas on top are such a nice touch. I always have a ton of bananas at home (I like to snack on them) and we adore all banana-baked goods. This one looks very special!

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking February 26, 2015, 7:32 am

    This is smart idea using square baking pan. It def takes less time to bake and it’s baked better, I think! Banana bread, it’s always everyone’s favorite… Yours look fantastic!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness February 26, 2015, 9:32 am

    What a pretty banana bread! Love the way you decorated the top! I bet your home smelled fantastic when making this bread.

  • Liz February 26, 2015, 5:47 pm

    Perfect timing as I have bananas ripening on the counter after a banana bread request from Katie:) I love how you garnished yours—so pretty!!

  • Kimmi February 26, 2015, 6:04 pm

    After a long week (it’s almost Friday!), I think this shall be a good reward for the weekend. =) Thanks for reminding us of this great and simple classic~~

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 26, 2015, 7:53 pm

    love your video!!! and love this version of banana bread. . I’ve never seen it with the banana pieces on top and it looks SO pretty!!!!

  • Medeja February 27, 2015, 2:20 am

    I like that your banana bread is pretty dry :) I don’t like too moist bread :D

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) February 27, 2015, 3:54 pm

    One thing I absolutely love is banana bread. And yours looks amazing. I love the decorative bananas on top.

  • Hotly Spiced February 27, 2015, 10:28 pm

    How lovely to have a recipe from your best friend at college. I do love how this bread is decorated with slices of banana. I do love banana bread and it’s something I often make as we always seem to have over-ripe bananas and lunch boxes to fill xx

  • Elaine February 28, 2015, 6:19 am

    Love this so much. Nami. Looks so yummy and should be perfect for a girl gathering.

  • Sissi February 28, 2015, 7:37 am

    Banana bread is such a clever way to use the too ripe bananas. I have seen many banana bread, but I love yours particularly not only because it looks gorgeous but most of all because there is a friendship story behind, so I guess it must have a special place in your heart… I must say I cherish most the dishes I make according to people who are dear to my heart…

  • Pearly February 28, 2015, 10:19 am

    Hi Nami! Fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

    • Nami March 3, 2015, 9:25 am

      Hi Pearly! Thanks so much for your kind words! :)

  • baobei February 28, 2015, 10:33 am

    hi nami, i’ve been an avid fan of your site and always looking forward to new recipes… tried almost all your recipes and my family loves it… banana bread is one of my favorite and would try to bake this… just have a question is it possible to use bread flour instead of all purpose flour? thank you.

    • Nami March 3, 2015, 9:27 am

      Hi Baobei! Thank you so much for following my site and trying many of my recipes! So happy to hear your feedback and THANK YOU!! I recommend all purpose flour for this recipe to get the good fluffy texture. :)

  • Ramona W March 1, 2015, 5:15 am

    I love banana bread… I have some overripe bananas sitting on my counter right now screaming to be made into some. I also love how you garnished it with the sliced bananas… that’s so pretty. I will totally be copying you on that. :)

  • Gourmet Getaways March 1, 2015, 5:42 am

    No wonder your family likes it! These bread look like the fruit puffing and turning into a bread like magic! It has that texture only well baked banana breads would have ;)

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Easyfoodsmith March 1, 2015, 7:55 am

    Banana bread is a constant feature in my house since it is a delicious and ideal option for lunch pack too. My version is similar to yours, only that mine also has yogurt added to it :)

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen March 3, 2015, 12:31 pm

    We both posted banana bread at nearly the same time! I love your version. I’ve never thought to add sliced bananas to the top of the bread. Very good idea!

  • Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen March 3, 2015, 6:41 pm

    I have to say, this is one of the prettiest presentations of banana bread I’ve seen!

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living March 3, 2015, 6:45 pm

    I love the sliced bananas on top – so pretty!

  • Janice March 3, 2015, 10:13 pm

    Hi Nami,
    I just made this and am enjoying a slice of banana bread right now. I had to make some substitutions with what I had on hand and swapped out the butter with coconut oil and coconut sugar for the white and it turned out delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Nami March 4, 2015, 11:24 am

      Hi Janice! Thanks so much for trying this recipe and for the kind feedback with substitute info! So happy to hear your banana bread came out well! :)

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce March 4, 2015, 7:23 pm

    I make banana bread since I don’t remember when, but I never do it in a square, and it looks fantastic!!!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty March 5, 2015, 1:22 pm

    This looks so beautiful Nami. I agree, there are few recipes we keep going back to. I will for sure try your version out.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 5, 2015, 11:06 pm

    I’ve never met a banana bread i didn’t like, this looks delicious!

  • shirley March 6, 2015, 11:11 pm

    Hi,can I leave out the baking soda for this banana cake?thks

    • Nami March 7, 2015, 9:09 am

      Hi Shirley! Sure, although I haven’t done it yet, it should be okay. :)

  • kwbentodiary March 9, 2015, 6:44 pm

    My family love banana bread and I always make for them. Will try out your yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing Nami ^_^

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef March 10, 2015, 11:17 am

    Just perfect to starting a day and before performing wisdom teeth extraction surgery, lol

  • Sandra March 11, 2015, 5:55 am

    I have bananas waiting for this recipe! I also love thst it’s all done by hand.

  • Stephanie April 7, 2015, 9:01 pm

    I love Banana bread! I make it almost once a week! =)

  • cquek April 16, 2015, 4:44 am

    Oh that’s fabulous! i think everyone in my family will love it