Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

My husband never like banana bread until I developed this uniquely textured version made with yogurt. These loaves freeze well: wrap in foil and freeze; thaw in foil until room temperature.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream margarine and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, beating well.
  4. Beat in bananas and vanilla until well blended.
  5. Stir dry ingredients together; combine with first mixture.
  6. Stir in yogurt and nuts.
  7. Pour into 2 small (7 x 3") greased loaf pans or 1 large (9 x 5") greased loaf pan.
  8. If desired, sprinkle wheat germ over top.
  9. Bake 1 hour for small loaves and 80 minutes for large loaf.
  10. Do NOT underbake as the yogurt makes this very moist.
Most Helpful

I have tried many, many banana bread recipes over the years and really found this one to be about the best. I almost always modify a recipe as I enjoy the experimentation. My simple changes included adding generous amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg, extra vanilla; I also used a greek vanilla yogurt. For nuts, I used very finely processed pecans, which I then toasted. I know some reviewers felt toasting had little impact, but I do think it heightens the flavor of the pecans -- plus it's so easy to do in a toaster oven. I have a definite sweet tooth, but try to reduce the amount of sugar we eat whenever possible, so I used a generous half cup of Splenda, a 1/4 cup of white sugar and a 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Like others, it didn't take as long to bake, which I did so in a 370 oven. Thanks so much for a truly great recipe. My husband, my son and I all enjoyed it and I encourage anyone to try this one next if you're in search of a delicious banana bread!

Foodie Italia May 22, 2011

DO NOT MAKE THIS RECIPE! I just made it and it is in the garbage can! I am so mad! As the reviews suggested I only baked it for 55mins and it almost burned! Then I let it cool, it fell and I cut into it to discover the inside was raw! It should have baked at 350 for an hour!!! I feel so deceived and deprived.... What a waste!

Erin S. March 30, 2014

Ooops! Did not read the comments before trying this recipe. The recipe is fine but when I checked the big loaf pan after 65 mins it was overdone by about 10 mins. Yikes. Would be nice if the original recipe instructions for baking time could be changed.

Brian C. November 28, 2013