Banana Bread Perfected!!! (in my opinion)

I know I know..People can get really defensive about their own Banana Bread. But I have tasted some peoples(who will remain nameless) who claim theirs is the best..and only when I tasted it I wish I had a dog to slide it under the table to! My mom gave me a basic banana bread recipe some years ago. It was the best I had ever tasted. Sooooo, off of that basic recipe I have built the Ultimate Banana secret ingredients are..Toasted walnuts, coconut and blueberries.

Not to toot my own horn..but is has been proclaimed to be the best banana bread many people have ever tasted! And I often get request for my SUPER moist, SUPER bananaee, SUPER delicious bread! So here goes for all of the world to have it. Once you make this you will have a hard time going back to any other recipe.



Banana Bread Perfected!!! (in my opinion)
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Serves: 12
A moist Banana Bread
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ap flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 large nasty looking ripe bananas. smooshed up real good
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ to 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut
  • ¾ cup blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Lightly grease TWO 8in x 3¾in x 2½in pans( I use the Hefty EZ elegance pans)
  3. Cream together butter and sugar with hand mixer or stand mixer.
  4. Add egg one at a time, mixing well in between each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking pwdr and baking soda.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk..always start and end with the flour.
  7. Add bananas, vanilla, nuts and coconut and stir until combined. Fold in blueberries.
  8. Pour the batter into both pans evenly. Sprinkle some blueberries on top for a garnish.
  9. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out of the center with only slight crumbs on it.
  10. Try to let it cool before cutting into it..but I can never wait that long before digging in and slathering some butter on it!
  11. Tips***
To toast the walnuts, just place in large skillet over medium heat and cook until fragrant and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Usually around 5 to 8 minutes. I use the two smaller pans because I found that if you make one large loaf the bottom tends to burn before the middle is done. And besides 2 loafs is better than one.


  1. 1
    noble pig says:

    Leslie-this looks awesome! I never thought about ading blueberries…now I need some ripe bananas!

  2. 2
    Bridgett says:

    Since it has coconut, it must be the ultimate. What a great idea to add blueberries as well. They would make pretty little muffins as well, don’t you think?

  3. 3
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    My keyboard is wet from me drooling over your banana bread!
    Leslie, I found this today and don’t know if you knew it:
    It’s like tastespotting but only with drinks. I think after yesterday we all need a drink! Cheers!

  4. 4
    Mike of Mike's Table says:

    This looks delicious and I’m all for the blueberries (which I’m snacking on as I write this)

  5. 5

    Banana bread with coconut and blueberries sounds amazing!

  6. 6

    Oh yumm! And you are right, everything is better with butter!!

  7. 7

    This looks amazing. Nothing better than butter on fresh bread. YUM!

  8. 8

    clearly the addition of blueberries, coconut, and walnuts set your version apart from the normal, plain banana bread of my childhood. it looks terrific, and if this drool on my chin is any indication, this is indeed a superior recipe! 🙂

  9. 9

    oh man…this looks amazing. i usually like chocolate chips, but coconut and blueberries!? props.

  10. 10
    Coffee & Vanilla says:

    Sounds really like a very good idea… I love banana bread… I tried it already with coconut milk… blueberries sounds like very good addition that I will definitely try out.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! 🙂

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    Gretchen Noelle says:

    Sounds tasty! I have no blueberries here…maybe I will add chocolate chips? I already have my bananas ready!

  12. 12

    Leslie, I too wished I had a dog to feed under the table of some dinners I’ve been to.

    Do you have a pet dog??? Kidding! lol

    I can see the blueberry balancing the sweet banana…bring on more of these Southern Belle dishes.

  13. 13

    Oh wow! This looks and sounds fantastic! I will defiantly be making this soon! I’m a banana bread fanatic!!

  14. 14

    This looks amazing – Another great flavor to add is Nutmeg just a dash is great.

    Blueberries what a great addition.


  15. 15

    what sort of coconut are you using…dessicated or shredded?

  16. 16

    I have used both kinds before. But I prefer the Shredded Sweetened variety..either Mounds or Bakers brand. I find the sweetened coconut is a bit more moist, thus yielding a more moist bread!

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    hot garlic says:

    I’ve taken one look at the recipe and I’m convinced, this is the best! I just bought some bananas, I’m hoping no one eats them so they get nasty and I can bake this bread!

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    Culinarywannabe says:

    I made this last night and everyone loved it! The blueberries and coconut is just genius!

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    sarahbellum says:

    You were absolutely right! Honestly, I wasn’t too sure about the blueberries with the coconut–perhaps one or the either, however, I decided to trust your judgement and went for it. I was linked via “For the love of Cooking.” Thanks so much for sharing the best banana bread recipe my famiy has ever tasted!

  20. 20

    Made this Leslie, we loved it so did the firemen!!

    Blogged about it today.:)

  21. 21

    I made the banana bread this morning, everyone loved it except my five-year old (he wanted chocolate chips instead of blue berries). Can't please everyone! I used the smaller sized pan also, I loved that it was baked all the through!! Great recipe! Thank you!

  22. 22

    Thank you so much for letting me know you tried my banana bread! I am so very glad you enjoyed it

  23. 23

    YUM! Just made banana (pumpkin) bread last night, but I have two more bananas and I have frozen blueberries. Hmmm? Looks great!

  24. 24

    This does look perfect, love the coconut & toasted walnuts 🙂

  25. 25

    If it’s famous, I’m going to try it! I add coconut to my apple cake so adding it to banana bread sounds wonderful! Make mine with chocolate chips for the kids, but blueberries would be a nice addition for us!

  26. 26

    I just made this, and I did manage to let it cool a few minutes before cutting into it and slathering it with butter. It is delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.