Banana Bread Recipe: Adapted from Janet’s Banana Bread

Banana Bread Recipe: Adapted from Janet’s Banana Bread

Moist, soft banana bread with walnuts and a perfectly sweetened crispy, crunchy topping.
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This is one of those recipes I grew up making in my home kitchen, after researching and testing different recipes, with landing on this, Janet’s banana bread. This is how I make this recipe and the changes I’ve made to make it my favorite go to! This is a treat that will bring a smile to your face the second you take a bite! If you like moist banana bread that just melts in your mouth with a crunchy sugary topping, you’re going to want to follow along as this is the banana bread recipe you will keep for years! *This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you make a purchase after clicking on a link I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

What To Do With Browning Bananas.

Bananas are a favorite fruit in many homes, but the downside to buying them along with your weekly shopping trip, is that they don’t last very long on your counter. So this is the perfect solution! Almost completely brown bananas, or just very well spotted ones are the secret to a flavor full banana bread recipe that will be delicious and crowd pleasing.

What’s The Secret To A Moist Bread Or Cake?

Fat, and in this case that’s sour cream! And butter in this recipe, are the secrets to having a bread that doesn’t dry out. These ingredients create a moist cake because they add more fat content without a liquid thinning out your mixture. This batter comes out thick and sweet flavored with a tiny bit of tanginess that will just make it a bread type dessert and not too “cakey”. If you don’t have any sour cream, yogurt can be used as a replacement as long as it has a normal to higher fat percentage, non of that fake dairy stuff!

What’s the best pan for banana bread?

This is the best bread pan I use every single time I make banana bread and it comes out perfect every single time!

Crispy Crunchy Topping For any Bread Type Dessert or Muffins.

Now, some people like a banana bread that is simple and looks like a plain dark loaf of bread, but others want more of a dessert. *Calling all sweet tooths! So this recipe is one that I always place a topping on that browns up to a sugary, crispy, crunchiness while creating a tantalizing look to this bread that will have your family drooling the second they know you’re making this masterpiece.

Banana Bread Recipe: Adapted from Janet’s Banana Bread

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 60 min Rest Time 15 min Total Time 1 hr 30 mins Servings: 6 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

Crispy, Crunchy Topping


Batter Instructions

  1. Banana Preperation

     Mash the bananas very well, so that it is thin and no chunks are present. Make sure you're bananas are just over ripe, where they are starting to be covered in spots, not black. You want them to be a little spotted because they seem sweeter at this point and softer, resulting in banana that is perfectly dispersed throughout.

  2. Wet Ingredients
    1. Beat your eggs with with the sugar until completely combined. 
    2. Add your vanilla to your melted butter and pour into egg and sugar mixture. 
    3. Add the mashed bananas.
    4. * Carefully stir sour cream after the dry ingredients, just until combined*
  3. Dry Ingredients
    1.  Wisk together your flour, baking soda and salt. 
    2. Add walnuts.
    3. Stir into the wet ingredients.
  4. Crispy, Crunchy Topping
    1. Add flour into a bowl with white and brown sugar.
    2. Use your hands or a fork to crumble the butter into the flour mixture. This should be a wet cookie dough texture. 
    3. Add a dash of cinnamon if you'd like. 
    4. Place little scoops all over randomly until mostly covered. 
    5. Sprinkle chopped walnuts all over the top.
  5. Baking
    1. Place batter into 9" x 5" loaf pan and Bake at 350* for approximately 60 minutes ( 50 minutes, then check so as not to burn if your oven runs a little ho.t)


*1st image is stock photo from and 2nd image is of actual recipe with crispy crunchy topping. 

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Can you bake without the topping?

Yes! You can choose to do away with the crispy topping, Although, the loaf itself may come out looking a little different, it will still taste amazing!

Any variations for a different yummy banana bread?

Change to your heart's desire! If you like chocolate, adding 1/4 cup tiny chocolate chips is a delicious addition. You could leave out the walnuts if you don't love them, I find it adds a nice crunch with all the soft breadiness.

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Hey there! Welcome to The Sweetest Sugar! I'm Cede, a side hustling food blogger! You can always find me in the kitchen whipping up something yummy for my family or in the yard with our kiddo! Just like you, I love making sweet treats! You can expect to find all the yummy recipes along with a little fun and sweetness along the way!

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