Purple Ribbon Banana Bread

Purple Ribbon Banana Bread

My famous, award winning Banana Bread recipe! The best (and only!) recipe for banana bread you’ll ever need. This Purple Ribbon Banana Bread recipe is moist, flavorful and super delicious!


Purple Ribbon Banana Bread – my Award Winning Banana Bread Recipe!

If you need a seriously good recipe for banana bread, look no further than my Purple Ribbon Banana Bread. Made with super simple ingredients, and a delicious streusel topping, this award winning banana bread recipe is the only recipe my family makes!

If you knew me when I was a kid back in rural  South Dakota, you knew that I was heavily involved in 4-H.  I was in 4-H from the ages of 8 to around 16 or 17.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much 4-H taught me – everything from the basics of cooking and baking, to food safety, horticulture and gardening, sewing,photography, art, and even the basics of dairy cows!

4-H is where I really learned the essentials of cooking and baking. How to measure wet and dry ingredients, how to properly mix ingredients, and how to use an oven and stove. This Purple Ribbon Banana Bread is a recipe that taught me the fundamentals of all of those things.

Award winning Banana Bread recipe! The best (and only!) recipe for banana bread you'll ever need. Moist, flavorful and super delicious!

Where this recipe won its awards and notoriety

Summer is usually when my brother and I were the most active in 4-H, as this was the time to prepare all of your exhibits for county achievement days.  For several years, my mom’s car would be packed full of stuff that we were taking to be judged at Achievement days.

If you did an especially good job creating your item/exhibit, you would receive a purple ribbon. You could then submit that item again for the State Fair.  This Purple Ribbon Banana Bread is one of my very favorite recipes that I’ve been making since about 8 years old.  And it ALWAYS won a purple ribbon!!  (Thus, the name!)

Award winning Banana Bread recipe! The best (and only!) recipe for banana bread you'll ever need. Moist, flavorful and super delicious!

What makes this banana bread so good?

This Banana Bread recipe is moist, delicious and super flavorful!  When its baking in the oven, your entire house smells of the most beautiful, sweet delicious aromas you can possibly imagine.  Its topped with a delightful crumble topping which gives in an amazing texture that complements the bread beautifully!  The bread itself it not overly dense or heavy – in fact is has a lightness that melts in your mouth!

Award winning Banana Bread recipe! The best (and only!) recipe for banana bread you'll ever need. Moist, flavorful and super delicious!

This Award Winning Banana Bread is VERY Easy to make!

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make!  Honestly, I was making this bread at the age of 8 – its pretty simple.  The recipe makes two loaves if you’re using the 3 1/3 x 7 1/2″ pans, but you can also make mini loaves if you have the pans for it.  (Adjust your baking times accordingly – mini pans usually require around 30 min of baking time.  Always test with a toothpick before removing from the oven.)

This Award Winning Banana Bread recipe has been in my family for decades!  Its a classic, and my dad will even whip up a batch when he’s in the mood.  He’s also been known to throw some chocolate chips into the batter on occasion.  I hope you get to enjoy this recipe with your family – as it has been enjoyed for many years by mine!

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4475 cal


198 g


645 g


61 g
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Yields 16-20

Purple Ribbon Banana Bread

This classic quickbread is easy to make, and tastes amazing! Perfect for a light breakfast, or a snack with coffee or tea. A family classic!

20 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 tsp. lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Crumb Topping:
  • 1/3 c. softened butter, (NOT melted, just softened)
  • 1/3 c. light brown sugar
  • 2/3 c. flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottoms of (2) 3 1/2" x 7 1/2" loaf pans with waxed paper. Additionally, spray pans with paper bottoms with nonstick baking spray. Set pans aside.
  2. In mixing bowl combine mashed bananas, oil, sugar, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Stir until batter is combined. Lastly, stir in the chopped nuts. Evenly pour the batter into the prepared pans.
  4. For the crumb topping: In a bowl, combined the softened butter, brown sugar and flour. Mix with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter of each loaf.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and free of crumbs. Let cook on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Remember to remove the waxed paper from the bottoms. Slice warm or let cool.

Award winning Banana Bread recipe! The best (and only!) recipe for banana bread you'll ever need. Moist, flavorful and super delicious!


  1. This looks delicious (and easy!) definitely going to pull the bananas out of the freezer to give it a try!
  2. Gorgeous-looking banana bread! I would so love a few slices this morning with my coffee! pinned.
  3. I love that this bread has a crumb topping. And it's award-winning, who can argue with that? :) Pinning to try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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  5. I want to reach through the screen and pick the topping off that bread and eat it! I'm sure the bread is great too!
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Oh, Amy!! The topping is pretty awesome! You must make and enjoy. :) Erin
  6. Thanks for sharing on my T.G.I.F. linky party :) Have a great day!
  7. Hi Erin! Your banana bread looks delicious! I pinned it to my Blue Ribbon Recipes board on Pinterest found here, https://www.pinterest.com/dorana1/blue-ribbon-recipes/ Thanks so much for sharing your winning recipe!
  8. So I just stuck it in the oven but I only had a 5X9 pan so I put it all in there do you think it will be ok?
    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says
      Yes, it should be fine. Be sure to test with a toothpick in the center. When the toothpick comes out clean and crumb-free, it's done. Good luck!
  9. where do the eggs come in?
  10. Wow, congrats on always winning a blue ribbon for your banana bread. That is awesome. I have pinned it. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky party. I hope you stop by. Hugs, Bev
  11. I have a go to banana bread recipe, but I'm always willing to try new ones. I love that you have a crumb topping on this one. Yum!


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