From The Recipe Box: Banana Bread

by kitchenarian on January 10, 2012

I’m going back to the basics; comfort food at its best. Get ready because I am going to share with you my Mom’s banana bread recipe!

I’m trying to ease into the new year just a bit, different from my normal being shot out of a cannon approach I usually take. I have finally learned that I can’t accomplish a whole year’s worth of resolutions in a few short weeks! Trust me, I have tried before. I must admit I did not declare any official resolutions at the stroke of midnight, but I always have a few goals that I am working towards. However, I have done some intense cleaning and purging in an attempt to live more simply with less this year. I am the ultimate recycler of items and have some slight pack-rat tendencies, so an annual cleaning out of the closets is a great way to welcome the new year.

Sous Chef flies out early next week headed back to school. She has been home for quite a while since her return from Europe, and I, once again, have grown accustomed to having her around. Not that I don’t love being surrounded by boys every waking moment but..well, there just seems to be a little more civility in the house when there are two girls to balance out the three guys.

With all this cleaning and packing and, yes, cold weather, I have found the need for some comfort food. As fate would have it, we left some bananas in a bowl on the counter when we left for our annual New Year’s trip to the beach. Upon our return, I knew that there was only one thing to do. Make banana bread.

This banana bread is loved by all in our household. For years when I worked outside the home, my parents would pick up my boys from school and watch them until I got home from work. It was such a relief to know that my boys where with family during those hours between school and dinner. Every once in a while I would come home to a freshly baked loaf of banana bread made from my pile of uneaten, over-ripe bananas. It was such a treat. I must admit that sometimes I left bananas sitting on the counter with hopes that my Mom would make us some of her banana bread. She always got my hint and would whip up this delicious treat for our family.


2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 eggs
4 overly ripe bananas
3 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 ¼ cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside. Mash bananas in a small bowl and set aside. Cream sugar and butter in a stand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated. Add bananas and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and then add to mixture alternating between flour mixture and buttermilk until all ingredients are blended together. Pour half of batter into each loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a taste tester comes out clean. Wrap in aluminum foil to maintain freshness.

Kitchenarian Notes: I decreased the sugar from 2 ½ cups down to 2 cups and added one extra banana to reduce the sweetness in this bread. It’s delicious both ways!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite January 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I love visiting the classics! Especially when the classics means bread that stuffed with bananas! Wishing I had a HUGE fresh slice right now!


Kiri W. January 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I adore banana bread – so moist and perfect. Since it’s not a typical thing to have in Europe, I don’t have “mom’s” recipe, adn will gladly try your mom’s instead. 🙂


Jen at The Three Little Piglets January 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

What a great mom! If only mine lived closer and took such hints!


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Ooh I love the buttermilk in this! Wow! You know me and bananas! 🙂 Yum!


Emily @ Life on Food January 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I love the hint of leaving the bananas out. There is nothing better than a mom made treat.


Lacy January 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Awesome! I have a bunch of bananas that I have a feeling are going to become a loaf of bread or batch of muffins. I was going to scour through recipes but yours (your moms) looks and sounds delicious! Yum!!


Cassie January 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Everyone needs a good banana bread recipe, this looks super moist and delicious!


Vicki @ WITK January 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Banana bread is always welcome in my house, it smells so good! I’m totally jealous of your NYE trip to the beach, I need a warm location vacation right about now!


Kelly January 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Gorgeous photos! This bread looks so moist and delicious, yummy!


Irena January 11, 2012 at 2:39 am

Bread sound delich but photos are absolutely lovely:)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

This sounds so good right now. The weather is about to turn cold, you know, because someone just informed Mother Nature it’s winter, not spring and this will be awesome!


Suzanne January 11, 2012 at 10:10 am

I happen to be browsing twitter and caught your post here, I love a good banana bread. In fact your recipe looks very similar to one I love too. Have a wonderful week.


magicofspice January 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

Nice trick with leaving the bananas out to over ripen 🙂 This bread does look delicious so I can’t blame you 🙂


Happy When Not Hungry January 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Love a good banana bread recipe!


Ann January 12, 2012 at 12:40 am

This looks delicious and SO nice of your mother to make it when you left bananas out! I think the idea of living more simply this year is perfect! I’ve been trying for years – one day I’ll get there….


Beth Michelle January 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

Classics are always the best, especially when its from mom recipe box! This banana bread looks lovely and so delicious!


Jen @ Coconut Oil Cooking January 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Congrats on Top 9! This sounds like a great recipe. Family recipes are always the best. I will have to try this one out.


Christine January 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

This looks fantastic! Love the pictures and really well put together. I just made a Banana and Pecan loaf with a cream cheese frosting this morning for a birthday cake! I will have to find an excuse to make your recipe now! Well done.


Chrissy January 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

No salt?


kitchenarian January 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

The recipe doesn’t call for salt, so I usually use salted butter when I make it. You could add salt if you like.


Labiba January 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Thank you for a lovely easy recipe! I tried it, but, next time I’ll be adding that half cup of sugar and removing that 1 banana. Then 3rd time round I’ll probably give it a twist like add maybe some pistachios or pumpkin seeds or a spice like a pinch of nutmeg or maybe even aniseed, depends on how daring or risk taking I might be!

Once again I loved the recipe, so unpretentious, just like how baking and cooking should be.


Katy March 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

This is the most delicious Banana Bread. I have made this several times and every time I get so many compliments. Thanks to you and your Mother.


Heidi June 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I tried this because it was really close to my moms recipe, just with a different measure of things. The first time I tried it, it didn’t turn out well, my loaf pan was too large. I went out and bought two medium sized loaf pans and made it again, and it was definitely a WOW for me – it was so good. One of the keys (aside from the correct pan size) is definitely not to substitute the buttermilk. I find that using real buttermilk makes all the difference! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!


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