Saturday, November 28, 2009

Banana Nut Bread

For some reason, this time of year has always reminded me of quick breads. Maybe my mom made them more during the Holidays, or maybe we got more of them through all her parties and events at her work. Banana, cranberry, pumpkin, zucchini -- they're all good. I like baking a loaf of quick bread on Christmas morning. No one wants to eat right away, so it's nice to have something hot after the presents are opened. I usually use boxed mixes to save time. This year, however, I might make some from scratch ahead of time. I baked a loaf of Banana Nut bread on Thanksgiving, so I thought I'd share the recipe here. It came from a cookbook from a school my girls used to go to when they were little. It's an easy recipe, and unlike some others I have, this one just makes one loaf, which is perfect for us.


3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 large)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease loaf pan. Mix sugar, bananas, oil, and eggs in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients; pour into pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 60-70 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.

So -- what's your favorite type of quick bread?


  1. Mmmm,I love quick breads too,though I don't make them often. I only make banana bread when the bananas don't get eaten fast enough.My sister gave me a big container of plain yogurt,which is gross on it's own,so I was scrambling to find recipes that I could use it in. I found a "no pudge" brownie mix, and pumpkin bread recipe.So,we've been eating those. Getting tired of the brownies,I guess it's time for another pumpkin bread!


  2. Hi Rena. My fave is Pumpkin Ribbon Bread. The "ribbon" is a cream cheese layer - and it's a low fat recipe to boot! It's a very moist bread.

  3. Hi Rae -- Your Pumpkin Ribbon Bread sounds really good. I love cream cheese on quick breads. Nicole & I are the only ones who will eat that in the house. Rick's so picky. Well, unless it's bacon!

  4. I love all kinds of breads as well. I really should learn how to bake some. Pumpkin spice bread is my all time favorite! :)

  5. Love Banana Nut Bread! Mine is similar, but my measurements are a little different, and I add cinnamon, nutmeg and 6 oz. butterscotch chips. I also use butter and milk instead of oil. It's a fabulous dessert bread. Yum!

  6. OK, I hate to admit this because it will totally ruin my reputation but I make a very good banana nut bread. (minus the nuts because no one in my family likes nuts!) As you know, I don't cook or bake but I have been making this bread ever since I was a girl with my nana. And modestly I will admit it is awesome. lol We don't do any other quick breads here so I guess banana bread is our favourite.

    Now, don't go telling anyone I can cook... wouldn't want to ruin my well earned rep! :)