Flour’s Famous Banana Bread

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Flour’s Banana Bread — Made with Flour Bakery’s famous recipe to see if it lives up to the hype. Verdict? Totally fabulous! Make it!!

sliced loaf of Flour Bakery banana bread

Flour Bakery’s Banana Bread Recipe

I love banana bread. A whole lot. I have over 30 different recipes for banana bread and dozens more for banana muffins and banana cakes. The Huffington-Post just linked to eight of my recipes in their recent Every Banana Bread Recipe You Could Possibly Want article.

I’m always up for trying new banana bread recipes, and when I stumbled on a recipe from the famous Flour Bakery and Cafe of Boston in the Flour cookbook and on Food Network with 544 five-star reviews, I was eager to give it a try to see how it compared to one of my all-time favorites.

The banana bread is soft, very moist thanks to the use of oil rather than butter, and perfectly dense. I like angel food cake to be light and airy but never my banana bread. If you like denser banana bread with substance, you’ll love this one.

two slices of Flour Bakery banana bread on white plate

I mostly stayed true to the Flour recipe although it called for 3 1/2 bananas and I used three. Typically in banana bread recipes the estimate is that one medium/large banana yields one-half cup of mashed banana. I had a solid one and a half cups of mashed banana.

I slightly reduced the sugar and slightly increased the flour. The bread was plenty sweet even with the sugar reduction and the extra flour firmed up the batter so it wasn’t too thin.

Because I find banana bread notoriously difficult to cook through before the edges and top become overly browned when baked as one large 9×5-inch loaf, I split the batter between two 8×4-inch loaf pans. That way there’s one loaf to eat fresh, and one loaf to freeze or give away. 

Just kidding. We’re such banana bread fiends that the first loaf was gone the first day and we moved onto the second loaf the next day. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘better than’ my favorite, but it’s very good and you can never have too many ways to use ripe bananas.

Tip: If you love classic banana bread recipes like this one, you may also enjoy making homemade zucchini bread as well! 

close up of sliced loaf of flours banana bread

What’s in Flour’s Banana Bread? 

To make this copycat Flour Bakery banana bread recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Canola oil
  • Bananas
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon

How to Make Flour’s Famous Banana Bread

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sugar. Then, drizzle in the oil. The wet ingredients are added in next, followed by the dry. 

Turn the batter into two greased and floured 8×4-inch loaf pans. Bake until the tops are domed, set, and a toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter.

This moist banana bread will need to cool for 15 to 30 minutes before you can slice into it. 

sliced loaf of flours banana bread

How to Store Banana Bread

This copycat Flour’s banana bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Can I Add Mix-Ins? 

I bet you can! Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chopped nuts, and chocolate chunks would all be great additions. 

Flour's Famous Banana Bread - Made with Flour Bakery's famous recipe to see if it lives up to the hype. Verdict? Totally fabulous! Make it!!

Tips for Making Flour’s Famous Banana Bread

I’ve only made this recipe as written so I can’t speak to what you’d need to change to make this in a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Ditto if you want to make muffins using this recipe. 

Make sure your bananas are very ripe. The riper your bananas, the sweeter your banana bread will be. 

If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a handheld electric mixer to make the batter. Just note that it will take a little longer to beat everything together. 

Flour's Banana Bread — Made with Flour Bakery's famous recipe to see if it lives up to the hype. Verdict? Totally fabulous! Make it!!

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Flour's Famous Banana Bread

By Averie Sunshine
Made with Flour Bakery's famous banana bread recipe to see if it lives up to the hype. Verdict? Totally fabulous! Make it!!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 medium/large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about 1 1/2 cups when mashed)
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream, Greek yogurt may be substituted; I used lite sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8×4-inch loaf pans with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) add the eggs, sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth, well-combined, and mixture is golden yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and with the mixer running on low speed, slowly drizzle in the oil. Don’t dump it all in at once. Beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until combined, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  • Turn batter out into prepared pans, smoothing the tops lightly with a spatula if necessary, and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes (I baked 37 minutes), or until tops are domed, set, a toothpick inserted in the center crack comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. Optionally, in the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking, tent pans with foil (loosely drape a sheet of foil over pans) to prevent excessive browning on the top and sides of bread before center cooks through.
  • Remove pans from oven and allow to them to cool on top of a wire rack for about 15 to 30 minutes before turning out onto rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Adapted from the Flour cookbook and Food Network.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 262kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 210mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow! It’s an amazing collection, Also looking so delicious. I’m going to try it this evening…. Thanks for sharing

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! It’s an amazing collection, Also looking so delicious. I’m going to try it this evening…. Thanks for sharing

    1. Right. But I didn’t feel like 1 2/3 cup was enough which is why I added more. That’s why I say ‘adapted from’ – it’s not an exact copy/paste.

      1. Oh okay. I was just confused because in your blog post you stated you only made it exactly as written. So that implied exactly as written from the original recipe.  I don’t actually bake by volume and was looking up a recipe for someone who doesn’t own scale. I know  Joanne Chang’s original recipe was for two loaves and hand mixed. But I was looking for a version recipe that used a mixer and scale down to a single loaf.  My recipe requires a reduction in the banana liquid and since they don’t bake, I was looking for a simple recipe. 

      2. This is a very simple recipe but if you want a better tasting banana bread, I would recommend this one that I just recently made. https://www.averiecooks.com/cinnamon-sugar-streusel-banana-bread/ I never use a scale and I hand mix everything. You can skip the streusel and/or look at any of the related recipes in the post. They are all excellent. While I like this recipe from Joanne, I prefer my own creations as they are more flavorful, to me.

  3. I am quite relieved to know that even you struggle with the gooey insides of banana bread! I usually make muffins to avoid the problem, but there is something about banana BREAD!!!

    I am trying this recipe tonight … your recipes never let me down, so I know I will love it!

    1. This one I don’t remember ever having any issues with…there are some recipes though that yes, are much more finnicky than others!

  4. I made this bread this morning…it’s incredible! It made one loaf and about 16 mini muffins. I used coconut oil for the oil. I’m in love! Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful recipes!

    1. I love making banana bread with coconut oil! The two were meant for each other I think! Glad you loved this recipe!

  5. I’ve made this recipe a dozen times in muffin form! They are absolutely delicious. I add a cup of chocolate chips for my grandchildren. I also will do a cinnamon streusel on top for me and my husband! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it’s a big hit! Love that you’ve made it a dozen times and as muffins! Choc chips for the kiddos or a cinnamon streusel for you guys both sound great!

  6. I can’t even put into words how good this was!!! Perfectly sweet and perfectly moist. Like everything else I’ve made from your website, this one knocked it out of the park! Thank you! (and I used two 9×5 loaf pans, and still turned out wonderful!)

    1. So glad you loved it! Thanks for the glowing praise and I’m glad that two 9×5’s did the trick!

  7. Hi! This is a great recipe! Tried it over weekend. 2 questions:
    1: if using just one 9×5 loaf pan should the temp in oven be turned down? If so, how low?

    2: can this recipe be doubled at one time to be poured in two 9×5 loaf pans? Should the temp be lowered on this situation also?

    Thx! ;-)

    1. I haven’t made this any other way than I wrote so can’t speak to results, but you wouldn’t want to alter the temperature. You can distribute the batter, double the recipe, etc as you see fit but I wouldn’t change the baking temp. Time will change, but not temp.

    1. Anything baked in a mini tin will cook faster so yes, you’ll need to reduce baking time. Not sure by how much since I’ve never tried and since all mini pans vary.

  8. I made this banana bread this weekend. Amazing doesn’t cut it! The best banana bread….HANDS DOWN! WOW! Unfortunately, I had to share. :) I made it in a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan, adjusted the cooking temp and time to 335 degrees and baked for 50 mins. At your 37 min mark, I tented foil so it did not burn. Already pinned and shared the recipe! Thanks for posting. Love all your recipes I’ve tried, so far.

  9. I like you love banana bread and have tried numerous recipes.  I made the flour;s famous banana bread and I totally disagree with you on cooking time.  Most banana breads take an hour in one large loaf pan.(9 by 5)  Also I still fond my grand mothers the best using 1/2 cup of butter and both baking powder and baking soda with 1/4 cup of OJ.  I alo add some orange rind.  ALWAYS, nuts!!!!!!1