Rich Banana Bread

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add Eggs and Vanilla:
    • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Combine Mixtures:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined.
  6. Add Sour Cream, Nuts, and Bananas:
    • Fold in the sour cream, nuts (if using), and mashed bananas until well incorporated.
  7. Bake:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool:
    • Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information (per serving):
(Approximate values)
Calories: 350 kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g

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