Banana Bread

Is Banana Bread a Breakfast or Dessert? You decide! This family recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and 45 to bake.

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

My brother-in-law has been asking me to make his grandmother’s recipe for Banana Bread for a while now. I set a goal for myself to make it before Thanksgiving so here ya go! I actually made this pretty quickly late last night and let it sit overnight covered with a kitchen towel. If you can’t wait that long, warm banana bread is awesome – just let it cool for at least 15 minutes on a wire rack.

We can call it ‘bread’ as much as we want but you know this is cake, right? With that in mind, I really don’t know if this is a dessert or a breakfast. I served this with some sliced banana, walnut chunks, and homemade whipped cream. Making whipped cream at home is so easy. All you need is a cold bowl, a whisk, heavy cream, and elbow grease. Whip furiously for 5 minutes and you’ve got whipped cream! I added a but of sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla extract to this whipped cream.

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Cream the sugar and room temp butter with a hand mixer. Add the eggs and broken up banana.
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You should have something that looks like this after mixing in the banana. Try not to over process, leave some chunks of banana.
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Fold in the milk, baking soda, and flour. Add in 1/3 of the flour at a time just until it’s incorporated.
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Fold in the walnuts.

I’m not exactly a banana bread connoisseur but this is pretty great stuff! It’s nice and moist on the inside, it definitely tastes like bananas, it’s not too sweet, and I like the added walnuts a lot. The exterior was a bit over baked for me so next time I might try using oil instead of butter to grease the pan. I may have been having problems with my oven temp too. Make sure to check your bread with a tooth pick about 38 minutes in to the 45 minute bake time. The bread is done when the toothpick pulls out clean.

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Distribute in to two greased 8×4 loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes rotating pans half way.
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Allow the Banana Bread to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Banana Bread

Recipe by Anthony
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast, DessertsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Is Banana Bread a Breakfast or Dessert? You decide! This family recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and 45 to bake.

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  • 1/2 Cup Salted Butter

  • 1 Cup Sugar

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 3 Ripe Bananas

  • 2 Cups AP Flour

  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

  • 3 Tbsp Whole Milk

  • 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8×4 loaf pans.
  • Using an electric mixer in a large bowl, cream together Butter and Sugar. Mix in the Eggs and Banana leaving some bigger bits of banana.
  • Add Milk, Baking Soda, and 1/3 of Flour to the batter and fold with a silicone spatula. As the flour becomes absorbed add another 1/3 without over mixing. repeat for the final third.
  • Fold in Chopped Walnuts.
  • Distribute batter in to greased load pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Rotate half way through. Check bread with a toothpick around 38 minutes. Bread is done when toothpick pulls out clean and dry.
  • Transfer banana bread to wire rack and cover with a kitchen towel to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

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