BANANA NUT BREAD . . . re-visited!

My good husband is quite used to me cooking, baking . . . and messing up the kitchen.

I believe that I’ve mentioned many, many times that he really doesn’t care for sweets.


Yesterday, I made his favorite banana bread again – In his mind, it doesn’t fall in the category of Sweets.

Him:  “Have you put this Banana Bread on your blog?”

Her:  “Yes Honey.”

Him:  “Well . . . you should do it again, because it deserves more recognition than some of those other things you make.”

Her:  “But they’ve already seen it.”

Him:  “That doesn’t matter . . . They need to know that it’s really good.”

So . . . just in case you didn’t believe me the first time . . . Here it is again.

It’s good.  It’s very very very very good!


*trust me . . . I’ve tried them all!

1/2 cup Crisco or Canola Oil

1 – 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

4 Tablespoons Buttermilk

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

 4 large bananas, very ripe

2 cups all purpose flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 – 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts (opt)

*If you don’t add nuts, add 2 additional Tablespoons of flour to compensate.


Cream the oil and sugar together.  Next, mash the bananas and add to sugar and oil.  Add buttermilk and eggs and vanilla to the sugar mixture.  Mix the flour and soda together and add to the sugar/banana mixture.  Stir in the chopped nuts. Pour into 2 large loaf pans sprayed with pam and dust lightly with flour.  Bake at 375 degrees about 55 minutes or until done in the center, or bake about 45 minutes for smaller loaves.  These freeze well.

  • Lynn - 10/01/2010 - 8:55 pm

    Well. I’m now convinced. LOL! Cute conversation. But seriously……I think I will make this tomorrow during conference! yum.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne @ - 10/02/2010 - 10:19 am

    I’ve made your banana bread a couple of times, and YES it is divine!!! Isn’t it too bad about the husband and the sweets? Mine is the same way 🙁 Oh well, I make the anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - 10/02/2010 - 2:36 pm

    I just made this and it is SO DELICIOUS! I have attempted banana bread many times and not found any recipe turn out this good. I am not a great baker but I’m not giving up!
    Thanks for sharing!

    By the way, I am a new follower to your blog and I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Trisha - 10/05/2010 - 12:47 pm

    Jonna this bread is awesome and so are those banana crumble muffins. Oh my, both are heavenly. Immediately my husband wanted to know where I got the recipe. I told him only on my favorite cooking blog. Thanks, I love this bread!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - 02/03/2011 - 6:52 pm

    I’m an amateur baker (I’m only 17!), and I love baking things to distribute to my friends at school. By far this bread was the favorite! Instead of walnuts though, I swirled in a few tablespoons of nutella. It was a welcome change and added a bit of surprise to a classic banana bread! This is easily the best recipe I’ve tried and I absolutely love it.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Patton - 01/25/2016 - 11:19 am

    Hi, Jonna.

    Am about to make the Little Black Book Banana Bread and want to make sure about the amount of bananas. Recipe calls for “two bananas” but banans come in all sizes and I don’t want to over- or under-measure. I’m wondering if you can give me approximate cups’ amount.

    Oh-Oh: And now, here’s your family’s favorite banana bread posted before Little Black Book recipe, calling for four large bananas. Any idea what that would equate to in cup’s measurements?

    Also do you just mash your bananas always, which leaves them chunky (for me) or do you ever puree’ them? If so, which is your preference?

    Thanks as always.

    Ann Patton

    (I’ll keep telling you: I DO LOVE your blog. Wish we were neighbors so I could maybe get your failures. Or maybe you don’t have failures like I do.)ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 01/26/2016 - 12:35 pm

      Hi Ann,

      I’m sorry I’m just now seeing this!
      As a rule of thumb, 3 medium sized bananas mashed up (normal size) = 1 cup. I’ve always felt then, that
      2 bananas make about 2/3 cup of banana pulp. I checked the book, but it just says 2 bananas!
      I wish you were my neighbor too!!!! Yes, I have lots of fails. Just ask my husband. LOL

      Thanks so much,