How long does banana bread last?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “how long does banana bread last?”. We will also discuss in detail, the shelf life, and storage methods of banana bread.

How long does banana bread last?

Banana bread can last for four days when placed on the counter. Around day five or six, the bread will begin to dry up, but it is still safe to consume.

Bread made with bananas may be kept in the freezer for several months, but it should be consumed within 3 to 4 months. It is still edible beyond that period, but the flavor and texture will suffer if you leave it in the freezer.

Homemade banana bread1 – 2 days7 days
Store-bought banana bread (no refrigeration needed)Best-by + 1 – 2 days
Store-bought banana bread (refrigeration needed)Best-by + 1 – 3 days

Please note that the periods given above are only estimates.

What are the signs that banana bread is bad?

There are several signs that banana bread has gone bad or has spoiled. Here are some of the signs that your bread has spoiled and is no longer safe to eat.


When food is decomposing, this is the first thing to check. Mold shows itself as fuzzy dots on bread. Green, black, and grey are all different shades of the same hue. 


Banana bread ferments and while it does so, it changes color. Do not eat the food if you notice that its color has changed in part or whole.

Odd or off odor 

As long as you can not tell if food is spoiled, smell it. If your baking machine is emitting an unusual odor, it is time to buy or bake a new one.

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How to store freshly baked banana bread?

The best location to keep the banana bread is on the counter if you want to consume it straight away. Never leave it in the fridge. Bread and cakes dry out when circulating chilly air from a refrigerator eliminates moisture, however, once this moisture is removed, bread and cakes can stay fresh longer.

Let the loaf cool completely before covering it with cling film or sealing it in a sealed container. This item will last for up to 4 days if it is stored on the counter.

Banana Bread Freezing Instructions

You may freeze any slice, half loaf, or complete loaf. Bag loaves and slices, and place them in a ziplock bag. Seal the bag, and then remove as much air as possible. This will help the bread last for up to four months in the freezer. This should prevent freezer burn.  You can use both the aluminum and the bag.

 How to Freeze Slices?

Before wrapping each slice in aluminum foil, place the slices in a resealable plastic bag. To keep the bread crust from drying out, double wrap the pieces. To eliminate as much air as possible from the pouch without squishing the bread, remove as much of the air as possible, then seal the bag. To quickly make a meal for breakfast, throw the bag in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes and take out portions as needed.

How to  Freeze a Half Loaf?

When it has finished cooking, cut it in two and let it cool.” Foil it and wrap it with aluminum foil. After wrapping in aluminum foil, place the loaf in a plastic bag, squeeze out as much air as possible, and place it in the freezer.

How To Freeze a Whole Loaf?

This entire loaf should be wrapped in aluminum foil, from top to bottom. It should be stored in a sealed bag, or better yet, a zip-top bag. Smoosh the bread as little as possible when squeezing out the air. Put it in the freezer if you need it in the future. 

The Best Way to Defrost Banana Bread

Banana bread can be easily thawed on the counter or in the oven. It all depends on how much time you have available.

Thawing Slices

Let banana bread slice sit out on the countertop for about 20 to 30 minutes to defrost before unwrapping. Use a microwave to warm the bread, then unwrap it and place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. If you have a taste for crisp edges, then brown it as well.

Thawing a Half Loaf

When you get a craving for banana bread, take it out of the zip-top bag and set it on the counter to thaw for 2 hours.


In this brief article, we answered the question, “how long does banana bread last?”. We also discussed in detail, the shelf life and storage methods of banana bread.


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