The verdict is in – Our favorite Banana Bread

Oh boy . . . has anybody missed me?

It’s been a while.  Well . . . just longer than my normal routine. 

I’m hoping tomorrow I will find myself in the kitchen doing something other than Blanching veggies and cleaning raspberries!

I buy a lot of bananas. I will only eat them mostly green, and they speckle much too quickly. I buy too many on purpose, because it gives me an excuse to make Banana muffins, cake, pancakes and of course . . . Our favorite Banana Bread. My hubbie has professed this recipe to be perfect!  I’ve made at least 100 different recipes, so that’s really saying something.

Lately, I just haven’t had the time to worry much about picture taking. 

I almost didn’t post one, because the picture stinks . . . but the bread doesn’t.  Ignore the picture and make the bread.

What have I been doing????

Last week was filled with wonderful family visiting from near and far.  A lot of dishes and desserts were prepared, but I it was gobbled up too quickly, to snap pictures or write tutorials.  For that . . . I’m sorry.  One of the yummy candies I made, was “Princess Michelle’s” . . . well, at least a copy cat of that Boston Cream center, covered in Milk Chocolate and Crunchy toasted Coconut.  I will certainly make them again, with a picture tutorial.  They didn’t last long!  Those of you in my area should know what that sweet confection is.  Of course, nothing beats Florence’s Exquisite Chocolates,but they run a close second.  Now . . . my days and nights seem to be filled up with yard work and of course our mammoth size garden!  My good husband is truly a farmer, and once we sold most of our farm ground, he decided to bring it all to our house…ugggg.  We have lots and lots of peas that need picked daily, beans, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, red and white potatoes, corn, strawberries and enough raspberries to feed an army.  They seem to need picked twice a day. I’m serious now!!  So for now, be patient with me . . . I’m OLD and SLOW!  Make this Banana Bread though – it will bring a smile to your face.



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.


  • Jessica Willoughby - 07/28/2010 - 8:31 pm

    You make me laugh—the picture is perfect!!! I love Florences candy as well!!! Hay Stacks are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Feld - 07/28/2010 - 8:37 pm

    Yay! I’m your first comment!!! First let me say-yes we missed you, I’m sure I can speak on behalf of all of your followers we have been anxiously awaiting a post from you! Secondly, I WISH I could have a garden as amazing as yours sounds… you should post pictures of that some time. Also, I MADE this bread!!! I have decided that you are my go-to recipe blog for when I need anything. I’ve made the coconut lime cupcakes, this banana bread recipe (with that to-die-for cream), and last night in fact I made the slow cooker chicken (but with pork) and it was also very delectable! I think you are amazing and I love when you post! Thanks for being so inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 07/29/2010 - 12:05 am

    HA HA. I was just about to say the same thing. You totally make me laugh. And I for one certainly missed you……but I enjoyed reading about some of your adventures on your daughter’s blog. You have some beautiful sweet daughters and grandkids.

    Now I must print off this recipe before I to bed. I am going to totally make this tomorrow. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - 07/29/2010 - 7:33 am

    I think your picture is great, but then again I have a crappy camera so I think everyone else’s pictures are better than mine – ha ha. Love the polka dot background! I have some not-so-pretty banana’s on my kitchen counter right now – I may have to try this recipe tonight. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 07/29/2010 - 8:43 am

    What’s wrong with the photo? It looks WONderful to me!

    Rats! I want to make this RIGHT NOW, but I don’t have any buttermilk. : (

    Thank you for sharing it!ReplyCancel

  • Alisha - 07/29/2010 - 10:55 am

    I am so excited about this post. I recently started following your site and have four very ripe bananas waiting for me in the kitchen. I have also been searching for the perfect banana bread…I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - 07/29/2010 - 9:47 pm

    Had over-ripe bananas and made this today for my kids. You’re right, it is our favorite recipe now too! – although I only got one large loaf and 2 minis out of it. Thanks for sharing, I love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Mach - 08/13/2010 - 6:50 am

    “PRINCESS MICHELLE’S?!” Oh my goodness, I know them well and miss them something fierce. I used to live in Eastern Idaho and became a number one fan of them. I have thought long and hard how to make some but have not been able to come up with how to do it. PLEASE present them on your site! The upcoming holidays will be splendid!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - 08/19/2010 - 10:30 pm


    Have you ever used butter in place of the oil.ReplyCancel

  • Ram - 11/10/2010 - 1:28 pm

    Hi Jonna, I made this amazing banana bread today. It’s so good! Next time, I’ll add a little salt on it. Thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - 02/09/2012 - 5:58 am

    Just so you know I picked this recipe from the hundreds of other recipes on pintrest and why…because I liked your picture the best. Then I clicked over to see the recipe and it looked easy and delicous so therefore I am making this today! Thanks!!ReplyCancel