Gold Medal Best Ever Banana Bread Recipe

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I make a lot of banana bread because my kids and husband both love it. I've tried a lot of different recipes, but have found none better that this slight adaptation of the one on the back of the General Mills Gold Medal flour bag. I think they must have tested a lot of different versions before settling on this one, because it is moist and yummy!

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Servings: 16 slices


Cost per serving $0.41 view details
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs (I use omega 3 eggs)
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed very ripe bananas (3-4)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I substitute by putting 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring cup, and then filling up to 1/2 cup with lowfat milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Greatse bottoms of 2 (8x4 inch) loaf pans or 1 (9x5 inch) loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar and butter. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk or substitute, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on med until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and nuts until moistened. Pour batter into pans.
  3. Bake 8 inch loaves 1 hour, or 9 inch loaf for 1 1/4 hours, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, loosed sides of loaves from pans, remove and place on cooling racks. Cool for about 1 hour before slicing.
  4. Tastes good cold or at room temperature, and can also be toasted to eat warm.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 73g
Recipe makes 16 servings
Calories 228  
Calories from Fat 76 33%
Total Fat 8.75g 11%
Saturated Fat 4.11g 16%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 281mg 12%
Potassium 105mg 3%
Total Carbs 34.51g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
Sugars 17.85g 12%
Protein 3.67g 6%



  • Micheline
    October 10, 2010
    We love banana bread! I will definitely try this version soon. Would this recipe work as banana muffins? Thanks for sharing.
    • Julie-Anne
      November 21, 2011
      Great recipe! Very easy and wonderful because it uses simple ingredients everyone has on hand! I like to use less sugar and salt so I reduced the sugar to 1 cup and the salt to a half-teaspoon. It was perfect for me. The banana bread is delicious!
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      This is a variation


      • Billie Jo Hafterson
        January 12, 2013
        I Really like this recipe! Trick- I didn't have any buttermilk, but I always have whipping cream(DESSERT), so I put that in a mason jar and shook it to some tunes for a good 15 min. and viola,
        butter and buttermilk for our bread!!!
        • Jason Freund
          March 31, 2011
          Interesting trick with the buttermilk. That's always a limiting factor (ie, extra trip to the store) in these kind of recipes. I will have to give it a try.

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