Easy Banana Bread: A Simple Quick Bread for Kids to Make

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I’m so excited to share this recipe for easy banana bread that you can make with your kids today! There’s just something about banana bread that makes it a favorite for so many people! The deliciousness of bananas, and softness of the bread, and the ease of making it (no yeast!) makes it a quick go-to treat.

I always seem to have bananas that are going brown on my counter. I swear we mean to eat them, and we do like eating bananas, but like avocados, they’re fine one day and too brown the next.

Anyway, I’m never mad about it, because I can whip up a loaf of this super easy banana bread with my kids and it’s great for breakfast, snacks or dessert.

The recipe

This recipe is based on the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, because seriously anything that Sally makes is perfection! It’s addition of yogurt that makes this easy banana bread extra moist and not crumbly. Even when we make it gluten free.

I also love it for kids because the steps are straight forward and easy to do. Especially the combining of the dry ingredients. My kids love turning the mixer on and off, and adding things to the bowl. It helps build their dexterity and math skills.

Let’s make banana bread:

Add all of the dry ingredients to a medium bowl and combine.

banana bread dry ingredients

Then cream the butter and sugar together until they’re well combined.

banana bread cream ingredients

Add the remaining wet ingredients–eggs first, then the yogurt, mashed bananas and vanilla on medium speed. (It’s important for the eggs and yogurt to be room temperature so that they mix into the other ingredients more easily. To quickly warm eggs, put them in a bowl of warm water for 3-5 minutes.)

Then add the dry ingredients slowly. Add nuts if you’re using them. I LOVE banana bread with chopped walnuts. It gives it such a nice texture.

banana bread wet ingredients

Add the batter to a greased 9×5 loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 60 minutes. When it’s done the center will be moist, but not cling to a toothpick. Let it rest in the pan for about 5-10 minutes, then remove to finish cooling.

banana bread loaf

Serve as breakfast, a snack or at a party–it’s guaranteed to be gone fast!

Easy Banana Bread: A Simple Quick Bread for Kids to Make

Recipe by Kirsten ReederCourse: Breakfast, Snacks, Dessert, AppetizersCuisine: Quick breadDifficulty: Easy


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This quick and easy banana bread recipe is moist, full of flavor and great for weekend breakfasts or mid-week snacks.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar–light or dark

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature.

  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt

  • 2 cups mashed bananas, about 4 large very ripe bananas

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl
  • Using a mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  • On medium speed add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in the yogurt, mashed bananas and vanilla extract on medium speed until combined.
  • With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ones until no flour pockets remain. Don’t over mix.
  • Fold in the nuts, if using.
  • Set the oven to 350 and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake 55-60 minutes. You can loosely cover with aluminum foil at the 30 minute mark so it doesn’t get too dark on top.
  • A toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf will come out clean when it’s done. Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack. Allow it to cool 10-15 minutes, then remove from the pan to continue cooling so the bottom doesn’t get soggy.
  • Cover and store at room temperature for 2 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

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  1. Marianne | 2nd Jun 20

    We love banana bread. This looks a little different from our usual recipe, so gonna give it a try!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 2nd Jun 20

      I love trying new banana bread recipes. I had my go to for years, and then I branched out a bit till I found a new favorite. I like that this one works well even gluten free–which my husband is. Everything I’ve ever tried from Sally’s Baking Addiction is amazing…and I really bake a lot.

  2. Beth Shields | 3rd Jun 20

    Looks delicious. Will be making this one for sure. Always on the hunt for great banana bread recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Myrka | 22nd Jun 20

    I love a good banana bread! I actually don’t think you can ever go wrong with banana bread! This looks like a great easy recipe!

  4. Eva Keller | 22nd Jun 20

    I love banana bread, but I’ve never actually made it before. We might have to try it out since its easy!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 23rd Jun 20

      Oh, yes, definitely try it! It’s pretty hard to mess up, and tastes way better than any you can buy.

  5. Beth | 22nd Jun 20

    I appreciate knowing that this comes out well when you make it gluten-free. If you have a chance, can you tell which GF baking flour you use? I find it makes a difference which one, thanks!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 23rd Jun 20

      Yeah, that is an important one for us. I actually make my own. I’ve had success with a few of the pre-made kind. People really like Better Batter brand. The King Arthur brand is good. And I’ve used the Cup for Cup brand too, but it has dairy, so not good for everyone.
      For mine though, I found it was a bit cheaper to buy large bags of the ingredients and mix my own–especially because when I’m making baked goods I don’t like the taste that comes from brown rice flour, which several mixes have.
      I do 2 cups white rice flour, 1 cup tapioca starch, 1 cup potato starch. Then add the xanthan gum to each recipe depending on what I’m making. Hope that helps!

  6. Roselyn Franke | 22nd Jun 20

    From the picture, it looks yummy, and the recipe sounds very easy!

  7. Sabrina DeWalt | 22nd Jun 20

    What a great tip on quickly bringing the eggs to room temperature. One of my biggest cooking downfalls…forgetting to take ingredients out in time to come to temperature.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 23rd Jun 20

      Thanks! I do that too, nearly all the time. =) Thank goodness for microwaves and warm water =)

  8. Heather | 23rd Jun 20

    Oh yum! We love banana bread and my son loves to help. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 23rd Jun 20

      Mine too. Hope you love it!

  9. Alexis Farmer | 23rd Jun 20

    Yum, this looks so good!

  10. Barbara | 23rd Jun 20

    Who doesn’t LOVE banana bread!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 23rd Jun 20

      That is such a great question!!!!

  11. Sarah Camp | 23rd Jun 20

    Ok I am allllllllll about the banana bread but every recipe I’ve tried has failed (I know it’s probably just me LOL). I’ll have to give yours a try too!!!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 23rd Jun 20

      oh no! That’s soooooo frustrating! Let me know how it goes, and if it doesn’t work, maybe I can walk you through it. Worked for my sister whose cookies always fell flat. =)

  12. Emily | 24th Jun 20

    Looks simple and delish! Thanks

  13. Judean | 24th Jun 20

    I love trying new banana bread recipes. So you think I can swap out the while flour for oat flour?

    • Kirsten Reeder | 24th Jun 20

      Hm, I think you could, but it wouldn’t rise as much or hold together as well without some other kind of binder to hold it together. And it might affect the wet/dry ratios. If you’re a regular baker, go for it. Watch the batter to see if it looks too thin or too thick and adjust accordingly. Its texture might be a bit off from what is “normal” but I’m sure it would taste good.

  14. Carrie Beaton | 27th Jun 20

    Banana bread is the best! Definitely trying this recipe. I like to eat it warm with butter!

  15. Cindy Mailhot | 27th Jun 20

    Banana bread is this family’s favorite! I love it with chunks of banana in it. This looks like a great recipe!

  16. Annette | 28th Jun 20

    I love a great banana bread recipe!!! This sounds delicious!!

  17. Angela | 28th Jun 20

    Kids love this banana bread – no walnuts but mini chocolate chips instead!

  18. Tara | 30th Jun 20

    We love banana bread in this house – I’ll have to try out your recipe!

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