Moist Banana Bread

The Most Moist Banana Bread Recipe You’ll Ever Need (Thanks to Pine View Bed and Breakfast!)

Hey there, fellow banana bread enthusiasts! Today, I’m sharing a recipe that’s incredibly close to my heart – a moist banana bread that’s been a family favorite for over 20 years.

Now, I know there are countless banana bread recipes out there, each claiming to be the “best” or “most moist.” But trust me, this one is different. The secret weapon? Sour cream. You heard that right! This unexpected ingredient adds a magical touch of richness and tang that elevates this banana bread from good to unbelievably good.

Photo of moist banana bread made in bundt pan

This recipe comes from a charming little bed and breakfast we stayed at during a mountain getaway many years ago. We were instantly smitten with their banana bread served warm at breakfast, and after much pleading (and maybe a little flattery!), they finally shared their secret recipe with us.

Over the years, I’ve tweaked it slightly to make it my own, but the core elements – ripe bananas, warm spices, and of course, the magical sour cream – have remained unchanged.

So, if you’re looking for a banana bread recipe that’s guaranteed to be moist, flavorful, and perfect for any occasion, look no further!

This banana bread is made in a bundt pan for easy slicing and a beautiful presentation.

Before We Begin: A Few Key Tips

  • Super Ripe Bananas are Essential: The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more flavorful your banana bread will be. Look for bananas with plenty of brown spots on the peel – those are the ones you want!
  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing can lead to a tough banana bread. Mix the batter just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. A few lumps are perfectly fine!
  • Let it Cool Completely Before Slicing: This allows the bread to set properly and prevents it from crumbling.
  • Turn it into a banana nut bread recipe by adding 1 cup of gourmet black walnuts.

🎬 Watch How to Make This Recipe

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Ready to Bake? Here’s What You’ll Need:


These are the main ingredients, and the quantities can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Ripe Bananas
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Sour cream

👨‍🍳 Chef Tips

Don’t leave out the sour cream : it’s a key element in the recipe.

Tips for Serving and Storing:

  • Warm or Cold, It’s Delicious: This banana bread is fantastic warm out of the oven, slathered with butter or cream cheese. But it’s also equally delicious at room temperature or even slightly chilled for a refreshing treat.
  • Store at Room Temperature or Freeze for Later: Once completely cool, wrap the banana bread tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze the banana bread for up to 3 months. Slice it before freezing, and wrap the slices individually in plastic wrap for easy grabbing.

Final Thoughts

This sour cream banana bread recipe is a true gem. It’s moist, flavorful, and incredibly easy to make. With its simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, it’s perfect for beginner bakers and seasoned pros alike.

So, the next time you have a bunch of overripe bananas on your counter, don’t toss them out! Whip up a batch of this delicious banana bread and share it with your loved ones. I guarantee it won’t last long!

Happy Baking!

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Photo of moist banana bread made in bundt pan

Moist Banana Bread

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Chef Jason Hill shares his favorite moist banana bread recipe in this episode of "Chef Tips." This recipe came from a bed and breakfast in the California mountains, and the secret to its moistness comes from sour cream!
You can turn it into a banana nut bread recipe by simply adding about a cup of gourmet black walnuts, which make the tastiest addition over traditional walnuts. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • Four large ripe bananas or six small
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream


  • Mix dry ingredients together and sift. In a mixing bowl, cream softened butter with the sugar and salt. Mix in eggs, vanilla and sour cream. Mix until just blended.
  • Add flour mix to the batter. When making banana bread, use ripe soft bananas. Mash into bowl and add into mixture.
  • Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray or grease with fresh butter. Pour batter into pan. Bake in preheated 350 F for 1 hour. If a toothpick comes out clean, its done.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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