How to Store Banana Bread So It Stays Fresh?

You baked or bought a loaf of banana bread, cut yourself a couple of slices (or ate half of it), and you’re wondering what you should do with the rest. How do you store banana bread?

The Short Answer

For short-term storage, place the banana bread in an airtight container or freezer bag, and leave it on the counter. If you need more than a couple of days, freezing the bread is your best option.

That’s the gist of it.

Now, let’s talk about the details such as:

  • do you need to refrigerate banana bread?
  • how to keep banana bread moist
  • how long does banana bread last

Sounds interesting? Let’s dive right in.

Freshly baked homemade banana bread
Freshly baked homemade banana bread

How to Store Banana Bread?

The best way to store banana bread is to place it in an airtight container or freezer bag once it’s completely cool and leave it sealed at room temperature.

It’s important to let the bread cool before storage so that all the excess moisture evaporates.

If you skip that step, you will end up with soggy bread or lots of water drops (due to condensation) in the container or bag. And those droplets can cause mold to grow on the surface.

Now, if your banana bread is super moist (lots of bananas, not that much flour), consider placing a paper towel under the loaf in the container or bag. It will catch any water droplets that might form and prevent the bread from soaking them.

Again, that’s only necessary if your banana bread is moist and you’re often having condensation issues.

How to store banana bread: an airtight container
How to store banana bread: an airtight container

How to Keep Banana Bread Moist?

The easiest way to keep your banana bread moist is to keep it sealed. An airtight container or a freezer bag can both get the job done.

And if you’re using a bag, squeeze out some of the air from it, but not all. You want to give your banana bread a bit of breathing room.

Plus, if there’s condensation, chances are the water will end up on the bag (where you can wipe it with a paper towel) and not on the bread’s surface.

Does Banana Bread Need to Be Refrigerated?

You don’t need to refrigerate banana bread, but it’s worth considering if yours has some unmashed banana pieces in it.

Unmashed fruit can grow mold quite quickly at room temperature, so moving such banana bread to the fridge will help it stay safe to eat for longer. You do the same for other (somewhat) similar baked goods, e.g., apple pie.

Related: Does apple pie have to be refrigerated?

Despite what some articles out there might suggest, refrigerating banana bread isn’t that bad. The main issue that’s often pointed out, the bread drying prematurely, can be easily fixed by sealing it in a container or resealable bag.

(Which is what we do anyway.)

Plus, recipe bloggers also recommend refrigerating banana bread if you need it to last more than a couple of days.

In other words, as long as you keep the bread sealed, it won’t dry out. And if you notice any condensation after a day or two of refrigeration, make sure to remove the water droplets with a kitchen towel.

How to store banana bread: a freezer bag
How to store banana bread: a freezer bag

How Long Does Banana Bread Last?

Main article: How long does banana bread last?

Banana bread typically lasts for 3 to 4 days on the counter and up to a week in the fridge. Make sure it’s sealed well so that it stays nice and fresh for the whole period.

If you need more time than the given week, freezing banana bread is the way to go.

Now, if your banana bread has some unmashed fruit pieces in it, limit storage on the counter to only 1 to 2 days, and transfer it to the fridge after that period. This way, the bread stays safe for longer, and you don’t have to worry about mold growth.

Can You Freeze Banana Bread?

Freezing is a great way to store banana bread for a prolonged period. It freezes beautifully, just like regular bread does.

To freeze banana bread, you should:

  1. Let the bread cool. No matter if you want to store your banana bread on the counter or in the freezer, it needs to cool down first.
  2. Slice it if you want. Slicing the bread allows you to quickly grab a slice or two from the freezer without having to defrost the whole thing. If you’re freezing an entire loaf, slicing it is definitely worth considering. But if you just need the leftovers to last a couple of extra days, feel free to leave the piece whole.
  3. Wrap your banana bread. If you plan on freezing it only for a week or two, just putting it in a freezer bag should be enough. But if you want to freeze it for longer, it needs better protection against freezer burn. That’s when it makes sense to first wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then place it in a freezer bag. Two layers of protection against cold air should be enough to protect the bread for a few months.
  4. Freeze it. Once everything above is done, it’s time to chuck the bread in the freezer and leave it there until you’re ready to eat it.

Banana bread retains quality for at least 3 to 4 months in the freezer.

When you’re ready to thaw it, simply transfer the remaining loaf or slices from the freezer onto a plate and leave them on the counter to defrost.

Slices will be ready for consumption in 10-20 minutes (another reason to freeze banana bread sliced!), while a whole loaf might take 1 to 3 hours until it’s done.