Sour Cream Banana Bread

Add a little texture and tang to your breakfast with this Sour Cream Banana Bread. The addition of sour cream in this recipe is pure genius for the most delicious, moist slice of banana bread!

Love banana recipes? Readers are obsessed with this Banana Pudding recipe! With good reason. You may also like our Banana Cake recipe, topped with cream cheese frosting!

Two thick slices of banana bread on a wooden cutting board.


Why this Recipe Works

If you’re looking for a moist slice of banana bread, look no further.

This easy recipe uses ripe bananas and the addition of sour cream to add tang and moisture to a flavorful, bakery style bread.

  • I love that this recipe makes TWO loaves of bread. Perfect to store an extra loaf in the freezer for later, or share it immediately with family and friends.
  • Flexible recipe- add chocolate chips, walnuts, or top it with a vanilla icing.
  • Super moist and flavorful.

I prefer my banana bread on DAY two. Do your own taste test and let me know what you think. The rich flavor is enhanced on day two, in my opinion!

MORE Breakfast Favorites: Waffles | Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make sour cream banana bread.
  • Bananas- choose over ripe bananas that have heavyily speckled or black skins. Use our tutorial on how to ripen bananas in 20 minutes, the same amount of time you need to soften your butter!
  • Butter- Use unsalted butter that has been softened to room temperature. If using salted butter, omit the extra salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar- this sweet bread has no shortage of granulated sugar. For a tasty twist, substitute half of the granulated sugar for my homemade vanilla sugar. YUM.
  • Eggs- 4 large eggs add a soft texture to this banana bread recipe.
  • Sour Cream- Full fat is best. If you need to, use a plain Greek yogurt instead.

Want a Banana Nut Bread? Fold in about 1 cup of chopped walnuts to the batter.

For a tasty twist, make my Snickerdoodle Banana Bread by lining the pan with cinnamon sugar and topping the bread with more cinnamon sugar. So tasty, it reminds me of our Amish Bread recipe!

How to make Banana Bread

Step by step photos showing how to make banana bread with sour cream.

Mash Bananas- Get those bananas ready for bread. Use an electric mixer or a fork to bread down bananas. I love using my meat chopper to smash them up!

Make the Batter- Beat butter and sugar, add eggs, vanilla extract, and bananas. Add in dry ingredients, then finally fold in the sour cream.

PRO TIP: Add in chocolate chips like I did for this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe!

Bake- Pour into prepared loaf pans evenly. Bake for one hour, remove and cool in pans ten minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. You can then wrap in foil, or ziploc…or freeze for later!

Recipe FAQs

What can you substitute sour cream for in banana bread?

Sour cream can be substituted with full fat yogurt in banana bread. Avoid choosing a flavored or sweetened yogurt as it will affect the texture and taste of your bread.

What size pans should I use for banana bread?

For our recipe, we use 9×5-inch loaf pans. If using a different size pan, adjust the bake time accordingly.

Can you freeze banana bread?

Yes! Wrap cooled banana bread in plastic wrap or foil, then slide into a ziploc freezer bag. Store for up to three months. Thaw on counter (in bag) overnight.

Loaf of banana bread on wooden cutting board with thick slices cut.

Storage

This Sour Cream Banana Bread recipe makes two loaves, which is great for my family. If two loaves of bread is too much to enjoy within a few days, freeze it!

How to freeze banana bread.

Wrap the bread in foil or plastic wrap and slide into a ziploc freezer bag. You can store for several months.

Thaw overnight and enjoy.

Make Banana Bread Muffins

Banana muffins in metal muffin tin.

Take our favorite sour cream banana bread recipe and turn it into soft, moist muffins instead!

Following our recipe, scoop batter into paper lined muffin tin, about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes in 350 degree F oven. Cool in pan.

Recipe makes about 36 regular size muffins. Freezer friendly too! After cooling, slide muffins in ziploc freezer bag and store for up to 3 months in freezer.

More Bread Recipes

Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

4.61 from 220 votes
By: Aimee
Add a little texture and tang to your breakfast with this Sour Cream Banana Bread. The addition of sour cream in this recipe is pure genius for the most delicious, moist slice of banana bread!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 20 slices

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas about 2 cups mashed
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 9-inch loaf pans with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • Add in bananas. Mix until creamy. Add in flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir just until combined. Fold in the sour cream until blended.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pans evenly.
  • Bake for one hour, remove and cool in pans ten minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.

Notes

  • Sour cream can be substituted with full fat yogurt in banana bread. Avoid choosing a flavored or sweetened yogurt as it will affect the texture and taste of your bread.
  • Pans: For our recipe, we use 9×5-inch loaf pans. If using a different size pan, adjust the bake time accordingly.
  • Can you freeze banana bread? Yes! Wrap cooled banana bread in plastic wrap or foil, then slide into a ziploc freezer bag. Store for up to three months. Thaw on counter (in bag) overnight.
  • Make Muffins: Fill muffin tin with paper liners or use baking spray. Fill each tin 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, remove and cool. Makes 36 muffins (or 18 jumbo muffins).

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 209mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
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Posted on February 18, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. I do not like sour cream so I was hesitant to try it. This is the best banana bread I have ever eaten! I love this recipe, and make it often.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this many times and I thought I would share my thoughts. Best banana bread ever.Smooth moist and I always use frozen bananas add nuts sometimes still great I give this to everyone I love! THANK YOU FOR SHARING

  3. 5 stars
    Hands down the best banana bread I’ve ever made/ eaten. Definitely 2 thumbs up👍🏼

  4. I have looked for a banana bread recipe for years….AND IVE FINALLY FOUND A DELICIOUS ONE! I am so excited I can finally use up bananas and actually like my bread! The other recipes I’ve tried always came out really dense, or dry, just never right! This recipe is seriously very very good! So light & fluffy, & so tasty! I have 3 small boys & always buy a lot of bananas, but sometimes we just dont get to them fast enough! Smoothies last a day or 2, so I can now make this…& my boys liked it too! I used coconut oil to coat the bread pan & put a little butter on our slices…mmmmmhmmm! Thank you for sharing!

  5. This is the best banana bread recipe I have ever made. I have thrown out all my other ones now! the sour cream is the secret ingredient for keeping it so moist. Thank you for the receipe.

    1. This is a keeper! Thank you for sharing. I added pecans to one loaf and made a crumble top with pecans, brown sugar and butter. More of a dessert feel. All so very good.

  6. Hi, you dont say what the baking temperature is. My oven is a thermo fan and is generally hotter than a normal oven.

    1. It’s not the same measurements but yes you can. I just tried it tonight and it’s amazing. There’s a conversion chart online.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this banana bread recipe tonight and it was a hit. Thank you so much for the recipe. It was super moist and crunchy on the outside. I only use 1 cup of sugar and it was plenty sweet. I also added nuts to it. Thank you again.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this banana bread recipe tonight and it was a hit. Thank you so much for the recipe. It was super moist and crunchy on the outside. I only use 1 cup of sugar and it was plenty sweet. I also added nuts to it. Thank you again.

  9. What method do you use to defrost the bread if you freeze it? Keep it wrapped? Defrost it in the fridge or freezer? Um…anything else?

  10. 5 stars
    So my littles would definitely NOT eat this if I told them there was sour cream inside. So I just told them it was Banana Bread – and they couldn’t get enough! So yummy.

  11. We love the little bit of change the sour cream added. Banana bread is one of our favorites and never lasts long in our house. 

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