Sour Cream Banana Bread is My New Go-To Bread Recipe!

Banana Bread with Sour Cream

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch loaf pan.

2

In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar and softened butter. Mix in the eggs and mashed bananas, along with the vanilla extract and sour cream.

3

Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl, and mix until everything is combined.

4

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool, and then remove from pan and serve. Enjoy!

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Ever made banana bread with sour cream? Try it out!

holding banana bread with sour cream in background

Love soft banana bread for breakfast recipe or as a homemade snack idea?

Baking a loaf of banana bread is my favorite way to use up overripe bananas that have been left on the counter too long! Plus, there’s nothing quite as comforting or cozy as a warm piece of banana bread from the oven. Am I right?! 😋

banana bread sliced on a cutting board

After sharing my favorite Nutella banana bread recipe, I’ve been wanting to try adding sour cream to banana bread. This is because I’ve heard how much sour cream can benefit the outcome of cakes and quick breads. It adds moisture without thinning the batter and creates a soft, creamy texture.

This recipe is also a breeze to make as the batter comes together in only one bowl — yay for no extra dishes to clean!

Are you a visual learner? I made a video to show how easy the process is when making banana bread with sour cream!

basic ingredients on the counter

Hip tips when making banana bread with sour cream:

  • Use overripe bananas that are past their prime so that the bread will have that stronger, sweet banana flavor and lots of speckles.
  • This recipe is for one 1.5 quart-sized loaf pan, but feel free to double the ingredients if you are wanting to make two.
  • Jazz up the bread however you like by adding in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or chocolate chips before baking. And if you’d like some extra zing, try adding in lemon zest!
  • Instead of sour cream, you can use plain vanilla Greek yogurt or cream cheese!
  • If you have ripe bananas that you froze before they went bad, they’ll make an awesome addition to this banana bread. Here are some other ideas for how to use overripe bananas.

batter in a bowl

pouring batter into a loaf pan for sour cream

loaf of banana bread on the oven

holding a slice of banana bread

sour cream banana bread cut on the counter


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Banana Bread with Sour Cream

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES

Flavorful banana bread using sour cream to make it extra moist. It's also easy to make using just one bowl!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch loaf pan.

2

In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar and softened butter. Mix in the eggs and mashed bananas, along with the vanilla extract and sour cream.

3

Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl, and mix until everything is combined.

4

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool, and then remove from pan and serve. Enjoy!

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This banana bread loaf smells and tastes so YUMMY!

I absolutely LOVED adding sour cream to banana bread and will continue to do so moving forward! My whole family enjoyed this easy recipe, and I think yours will, too. Enjoy!


Bake these oatmeal banana squares for breakfast next!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 43

  1. LisaK

    Plain vanilla Greek yogurt works wonderfully as well!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks for sharing!

    • Erin

      Plain Greek yogurt too.

  2. Diana

    Love this so much. Thank you!!! Do you know if I can use ripe bananas that I froze before they went bad? I usually use them for smoothies but I have never tried to bake withe them. Lina- you rock!!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes I do that sometimes too! Great tip and thanks Diana!

  3. Bonnie

    I have used this recipe for years and I always freeze my bananas for easier mixing. They thaw out quickly in a bowl of hot water, then peel and mash with a fork.

    • rochellemcgee

      Huh, I didn’t know you could so that. I hate feeling like I have to make something with overripe bananas RIGHT NOW before they get any worse. Thanks for the tip!

      • Angie

        I peel and stick in a ziploc in the freezer. Easy peasy. Let thaw and they literally mash themselves.

    • Erin

      You can freeze them peeled too. I just thaw them in my KitchenAid bowl.

    • Becky

      That’s how I always make banana bread. I never thought to peel them first. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Marinova

    This is the recipe I use as well, I dump everything in the bread machine, help it mix, and set to bake. Easy way to be Best Mom Ever for a few hours. I regularly sub cream cheese, canned coconut milk or yogurt for sour cream. One of these days I’m going to sub bacon fat and see what happens 😝

  5. Jen

    Can this be tweaked to cook cook in an air fryer?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya I would think so if you used a pan that fit your machine 👍

  6. mel

    I have been using a similar recipe, it calls for just 1/2 c sugar vs 3/4 in this recipe. I like to add in 1/2 c chopped toasted walnuts and a few grates of nutmeg. Sooo good!

  7. Elizabeth

    Just made the banana bread. I substituted cream cheese for sour cream and added chocolate chips. It was absolutely delicious!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! Thanks for sharing 👏👍❤️

  8. Pat

    Your recipe is very similar to mine, I use buttermilk, they both taste great. I use sour cream when I happen to have some on hand. But I always have buttermilk because I make my own!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a great idea – I love buttermilk for baking 👏

  9. Zippy

    Very similar to my recipe except I add 1 1/2 T of white vinegar and bake it in a bundt pan. It is wonderful!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow – great tip! Thanks zippy!

  10. Loudflower

    I just made this and my family loves it!!! Ours seemed a little too moist. Next time I will try reducing the sour cream a bit or adding more cooking time. This will be my new go-to banana bread recipe. Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome and great idea! Thanks for sharing 💕

  11. Tammy

    I have made this and it is so good. My favorite is to slice it and toast it, or put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes to make edges crispy.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes yummy! That sounds amazing 💕

  12. Kathy Reynolds

    This bread is wonderful. I added streusel topping. The best I’ve ever made. So moist.

  13. SueJo

    Made this yesterday and it’s almost gone! Added some raisins, but otherwise followed recipe as written. Great way to use bananas that wouldn’t otherwise get eaten! Keep those wonderful recipes coming!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanksSue Jo! And yes I agree this bread was a great way to use up those ripe bananas 👏

  14. deejay5

    This is my favorite new banana bread too! Thank you for all the recipes you give to us. I have used sour cream or buttermilk and it is great! Dee

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s great! Thanks for letting us know!

  15. Amanda

    I always bake my banana bread as muffins. We can enjoy half right away and toss the others in a freezer bag to have handy when the mood strikes!

  16. Anna Rose

    I’ve recently been adding lemon zest to the banana bread batter with great results!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that idea! Thanks for sharing Anna, I’m gonna try that 👏

  17. Vironika

    If you swap the sour cream for buttermilk, it will be so fluffy. Give it a try! I make it all the time, with banana frosting. My kids gobble it up!

    • MRL

      What’s is banana frosting? Sounds wonderful!

      • Vironika

        1/2 banana
        1T unsalted butter
        1/4t vanilla
        1-2c p sugar. (More powder sugar makes it thicker and harden more. I prefer 1c, but try both)

        Melt butter & mashed banana in microwave; add remaining ingredients. Pour over cooling bread
        *If icing begins to thicken up add very small amounts of boiling water (I like to heat up about 1/4c water in microwave and have it handy when I’m getting to icing time)
        This icing gives it a little extra pop! Delicious

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  18. Vironika

    1/2 banana
    1T unsalted butter
    1/4t vanilla
    1-2c p sugar. (More powder sugar makes it thicker and harden more. I prefer 1c, but try both)

    Melt butter & mashed banana in microwave; add remaining ingredients. Pour over cooling bread
    *If icing begins to thicken up add very small amounts of boiling water (I like to heat up about 1/4c water in microwave and have it handy when I’m getting to icing time)
    This icing gives it a little extra pop! Delicious!

    • MRL

      This sounds wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to post it. I appreciate it!

      • Vironika

        I was excited you asked! Lol Enjoy!!

  19. Pat

    That’s the same recipe I use, except for the cinnamon. Sometimes I use buttermilk if I don’t have sour cream, both are delicious!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Pat!

  20. Cora

    I have my own recipe I use all the time, it’s very good…. This just had something MAGICAL about it! I love the sour cream in it!!! I had 3 bananas that were way over ripe, which since that means sweeter, I used less white sugar. Turned out amazing! I finally had a chance to use my Mexican vanilla I got from our last trip to Mexico and that was additionally exceptional! Thanks for the share!💕

    • Hipgrandma

      Made it with 3 bananas and 1/2 cup sugar. Added some chopped walnuts. Baked for 60 minutes. Perfect and delicious

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