Yogurt Banana Bread

$3.68 recipe / $0.46 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.26 from 70 votes
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I’ve been even more diligent about keeping my food waste low since the pandemic started, since our visits to the grocery store are few and far between. So when I was taking stock of what was on hand the other day, the puzzle pieces started to move into place in my head, and I saw everything I needed to make a glorious loaf of banana bread. Yogurt banana bread, to be exact. Why yogurt? Read on to find out.

A loaf of banana bread on a narrow wooden cutting board, a few slices cut from the loaf and butter spread on one slice.

Why Add Yogurt to Banana Bread?

Yogurt is a great ingredient for adding to banana bread and other baked goods. It keeps the bread moist, tender, and super delicious without using a ton of butter or oil. You’ll want to use plain yogurt for this recipe, not pre-sweetened. I have not tested Greek-style yogurt in this recipe, but would guess that it would make a slightly more dense loaf, since it has less moisture than regular yogurt.

How Ripe Should the Bananas Be?

The more ripe the banana, the better for banana bread. As bananas ripen the starches turn to sugar, so an un-ripe banana will not be as sweet or as soft (good for mashing). Try to wait until your bananas have NO green left and are about half spotted. If your bananas get to the perfect banana bread ripeness, but you’re not quite ready to make banana bread, simply peel them, toss them into a freezer bag, and freeze them until you’re ready.

Can I Bake These As Muffins?

Yes, this batter works great for banana muffins, too! Just divide the batter between 12 wells of a muffin tin and bake for about 40 minutes at 350ºF. 

What Else Can I Add to Banana Bread?

Banana bread is fun because you can add all sorts of stuff to it. I used walnuts here, but they’re completely optional. You can do other nuts, like pecans or even shredded coconut. Chocolate also pairs really well with bananas, so you can add ½ cup chocolate chips, or melt the chocolate and swirl it into the batter once it’s in the bread pan. A little bit of well-drained canned crushed pineapple would also be fun!

How to Store Banana Bread

After baking the banana bread, let it cool completely to room temperature, then transfer it to a gallon-sized zip top bag and store in the refrigerator. It will last in the refrigerator for about five days. I like to slice mine before refrigerating, so I can just take one slice out at a time to have with my coffee. About 15 seconds in the microwave and it’s warm and delicious, just like fresh baked!

One slice of yogurt banana bread smeared with butter held close to the camera

P.S. Banana bread is really good with a little peanut butter or almond butter drizzled over top!

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Yogurt Banana Bread

4.26 from 70 votes
This super moist banana bread recipe uses plain yogurt to keep the bread soft and tender with less butter or oil. Add walnuts or even chocolate!
A loaf of yogurt banana bread on a wooden cutting board, a few slices scattered, one smeared with butter
Servings 8 thick slices
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas) ($0.42)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt ($0.67)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.46)
  • 1/2 cup sugar ($0.40)
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted ($0.52)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract ($0.30)
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour ($0.23)
  • 1 tsp baking powder ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg ($0.02)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts ($0.60)


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Rub a little butter on the inside of a loaf pan to coat the bottom and sides.
  • Mash the banana well, then add it to a large bowl along with the yogurt, eggs, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla. Whisk these ingredients until they're well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg until well combined.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and stir together just until there is no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl (a few lumps are okay, just be careful not to over stir). Gently fold in the chopped walnuts.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, then bake in the preheated 350ºF oven for 60 minutes, or until the bread is brown, cracked open on top, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (a few moist crumbs are okay, just no raw batter).
  • After baking, let the banana bread cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Once it's slightly cooled it will have pulled away from the bread pan slightly. Run a knife along the sides between the bread and pan, then gently turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Once cool, slice and serve.

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Serving: 1sliceCalories: 294.93kcalCarbohydrates: 38.83gProtein: 6.56gFat: 13.28gSodium: 348.49mgFiber: 1.89g
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A half sliced loaf of yogurt banana bread on a wooden cutting board with one pat of butter in the center of one slice

How to Make Yogurt Banana Bread – Step by Step Photos

Mashed banana in a measuring cup next to a banana peel

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Rub a little butter inside a loaf pan to coat the bottom and sides. Make 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas). I do this in a glass measuring cup with a fork. It should only take about 30 seconds.

Wet ingredients for banana bread in a bowl

Add the mashed banana to a large bowl along with 1 cup plain yogurt, 2 large eggs, ½ cup sugar, 4 Tbsp melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk these ingredients together until they’re well combined.

Dry ingredients for banana bread in a separate bowl

In a separate bowl, combine 1.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp nutmeg. Stir until well combined.

Wet and dry ingredients being stirred together

Pour the bowl of dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and stir just until they are combined and no dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl. A few lumps are okay, but make sure there are no pockets of dry flour left. Avoid over stirring. (photo is half-way through stirring)

Chopped walnuts added to batter

Fold ½ cup chopped walnuts into the batter.

Banana Bread batter in loaf pan

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Baked yogurt banana bread being held by two hands with white towels

Bake the bread in the preheated 350ºF oven for about 60 minutes, or until the bread is browned, the top is cracked open, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (“clean” means no raw batter, a few moist crumbs stuck to the toothpick are okay).

Side view of a loaf of yogurt banana bread on a wooden cutting board, half of it sliced, one slice with butter

Allow the bread to cool for about 15 minutes in the pan. It will pull away from the pan slightly as it cools. Run a knife along the sides between the bread and loaf pan, then gently turn the bread out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Once cooled, slice and serve.

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  1. I love this one. A few notes:

    Yes, it’s very wet and the loaf sometimes turns out wet/undercooked in the middle and scorched on the outside. But I get great results making this as muffins with the 40 minute bake time (adjust as needed for temperamental ovens). I just treat this like a muffin recipe in disguise.

    I make this gluten free with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 GF flour. The muffins come out slightly flat on top, but the texture and taste is great!

    I also like using pecans instead of walnuts.

    One of these muffins fresh from the oven, with a cold glass of milk, is perfect.

  2. Mine came out doughy also even after baking it longer. Not a fan of this recipe.

  3. I wish I had read the comments before I tried this recipe! I was looking for a moist banana bread. What I got was a super dense loaf that looks awful 😖
    I followed the recipe exactly. Really disappointed but you live and learn.

  4. Burnt outside and undercooked inside. Could not be saved, unfortunately. I followed the recipe to a T.

  5. I really wish there was a weight measurement for this. I probably used too much yogurt and had the same problem quite a few people here said, having the bread fall flat, be undercooked and doughy. I’ll put it in for maybe 10 more minutes, but it’s already been cooked way past the one hour mark…

  6. Thank you for replying so quickly to my question about the kind of sugar I used. You confirmed my suspicions. I truly appreciate how you share your knowledge about what transforms ordinary ingredients into something wonderful that brings happiness to others. ❤

  7. This is Barbara again. Forgot to add that I made muffins (regular size) and used cupcake papers, instead of baking it in a loaf pan.

  8. Made these but they turned out doughy. Ended up baking them longer but it didn’t help much. After a couple of days sitting on the counter in an air tight container, my husband said they firmed up & lost the doughy consistency. I used Miss Jones Smartsugar which has 50% less sugar. Could that be why? They certainly tasted sweet enough & the flavor is good.

    1. Yes, that probably did affect the texture of the muffins. Sugar is important in baked goods not only for the flavor, but the texture. Sugar attracts moisture, so it keeps them soft and moist.

  9. This is the first banana bread recipe that I’ve tried that the bread comes out moist. This is now the only banana bread recipe I’ll be using. So tasty!

  10. The recipe as written works very well in a bundt cake pan. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this recipe.

  11. I tried making it in my bread machine. I think 1 cup yogurt and 3 bananas is a lot of liquid for a cup and a half of flour. Mine came out like bread pudding. The bottom crust was almost burnt.
    Tasted good.

    1. Yes, this type of bread really needs to be baked in an oven, not a bread machine, unfortunately.

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  13. I’ve made these 3 times now and they were over-cooked 2/3 times. The first time I made them they were actually burnt after only 35 mins. I finally made them without them overcooking today and it took approximately 18-23 mins. Even if my oven temperature is a bit off, I don’t know how you’d cook them for 40. I just ordered an over thermometer to check for sure what’s going on, but 40 mins seems way too much regardless.

    They all tasted great except for being overcooked on the outside though!

    1. I’d lean to agree with you that 40 minutes seems like a long bake for muffins — however, I know Beth tested this recipe many times before publishing it, and since then, it’s been successful for many, many people. (We are working on a bread recipe together right now, and she would rather scrap the recipe entirely than publish one that might not be successful.) Does your oven have a fan/convection setting that might be on, or do you live at a very high or low altitude? If altitude is NOT a factor, I would suggest lowering your oven temperature to 325*F and checking on them after 30 minutes. Baking them lower & slower will help ensure that the center cooks before the exterior is burnt. ~ Marion :)