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Sour Cream Banana Bread

Sour Cream Banana Bread is a delicious and moist quick loaf bread recipe with whole bananas baked right into the top of the bread.

sour cream banana bread loaf sliced open

February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day! Celebrate by baking this sour cream banana bread, or any favorite recipe that you have on hand for banana bread. Your coffee shop might sell banana bread slices too. Share the banana bread love on social media today using the hashtags #NationalBananaBreadDay, #BananaBreadDay and #RecipesForHolidays. Be sure to follow my February Food Holidays page so you never miss a food holiday in the month of February!

“When life gives you over-ripe bananas, make banana bread!”


The History of Banana Bread:

Bananas appeared in the United States in the 1870’s. It took a while for them to appear as an ingredient in dessert recipes.

A recipe submitted by “Mrs. Dean” in a 1918 issue of The Garden Island paper was for a banana muffin. It closely resembles the banana bread we know today.

During the Great Depression (1929 to 1941), every penny mattered. So throwing away food in your kitchen was not an option. Instead of tossing rotten bananas, a quick bread using bananas was invented. Baking soda and baking powder also began being mass produced during this time. So quick breads in general became popular.

By the 1930’s banana bread recipes began appearing in cookbooks. In 1933, a recipe for banana bread appeared in Pillsbury’s Balanced Recipes Cookbook. Banana bread started becoming more popular.

In 1950, a recipe for banana bread was printed in Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book. By this time, banana bread was even more popular.

And with the popularity of home baking in the 1960’s, banana bread exploded in popularity. It was so easy to make, and ingredients were not expensive.

Nowadays, there are all kinds of varieties of banana bread and lots of recipes online and in cookbooks. There’s brown butter banana bread, chocolate chip banana bread, zucchini banana bread, pumpkin banana bread, chocolate banana bread and so many more.

ingredients displayed for making sour cream banana bread

Ingredients needed:

  • all purpose flour
  • ground cinnamon
  • baking soda, baking powder and salt
  • unsalted butter
  • white sugar
  • eggs
  • sour cream
  • mashed banana
  • vanilla extract
  • whole banana
batter in loaf pan and then bananas on top

How to make Sour Cream Banana Bread:

The full, printable recipe is at the end of this post. You will need an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan for this recipe. Line it with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl, and use a mixer to combine the wet ingredients in another. Combine the two, and don’t over-mix.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Slice a banana in half, and place the sliced bananas on top of the batter, sliced-side-up.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the bread tests done all the way through.

sour cream banana bread loaf

The result is a really pretty looking loaf. I love this recipe because the bananas on top give a huge hint as to what kind of bread this is!

sour cream banana bread on cutting board

Slice, and eat with a cup of coffee or tea. The great thing about banana bread is that it can be a breakfast, snack or dessert. Enjoy!

sour cream banana bread loaf and slice

How to store Banana Bread:

Place your cooled loaf on a plate and cover it in plastic wrap, or store it in an airtight container. Store it for up to four days on your counter. If you prefer to freeze your sour cream banana bread, wrap the whole loaf in aluminum foil. Store it in a zip-top bag. Squeeze as much air out as you can and seal it closed. Store it in the freezer for up to three months.

sour cream banana bread

Fun Facts About Banana Bread

  • There are more bananas sold in the United States than any other fruit.
  • Banana bread is a quick bread that does not contain yeast.
  • The most searched for bread online is banana bread.
  • Bananas that are yellow with brown flecks are sweeter and are better for using in baking.
  • Legend has it that whoever eats the last piece of bread has to kiss the cook!
sour cream banana bread loaf sliced open

Sour Cream Banana Bread

Yield: One Loaf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

A moist and delicious banana bread recipe!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened but not fully melted
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large banana, peeled and halved length-wise


Preheat the oven to 350F. Line an 8.5 by 4.5-inch loaf pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper so that it hangs over all 4 sides. Spray the inside with nonstick spray. 

Whisk or sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. 

Add the butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream, mashed banana, and vanilla to a large bowl, and use a handheld electric mixer to combine.  

Add the dry ingredients and beat to combine, being careful not to over-mix. 

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and spread it out evenly. 

Lay the banana halves on top of the loaf, cut side up. 

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

Cool before slicing and serving. 


Mashed Banana: Wait for your bananas to develop brown spots before making banana bread. To get 3/4 cup mashed banana, you will need about 2 small-medium bananas. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is estimated using a nutrition calculator. It's not likely to be 100% accurate.

Cecilia Avendaño

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

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