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This quick bread is sweet and dense, the perfect use for those overripe bananas. It is good as a snack or with breakfast or brunch. This page contains recipes for banana bread.
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By 8 found this helpful
July 13, 2012
This bread comes out very moist and delicious. I have been making this bread for 30 years. I usually make it as a gift for birthdays. It is the one thing I do well and every bit begs to be eaten.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oil, any kind
  • 2 eggs
  • Topping for bread:

  • Mix 1 tsp. molasses with 1 cup sugar

Directions:

Blend dry ingredients in one bowl.

In another bowl blend sugar, oil, eggs, add mashed bananas. Then fold gently-into flour mixture.

Grease loaf pan before putting the batter in it. Sprinkle topping on and put in the oven. Crushed pecans make it good, too.

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Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour.

Enjoy.

Servings: makes 1 loaf of bread
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 1 Hour

Source: Can't remember where it came from. It's been so long ago.

By Sally from Cincinnati, OH

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January 8, 2010

It really is a Never Fail Banana Bread!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Beat margarine and sugar. Add remaining ingredients. To sour milk, add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to milk.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour in 1 loaf pan or 2 small loaf pans about 45 minutes.

Check for doneness with toothpick, comes out clean if done.

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Source: My Aunt Mabel, Wyoming

By Ann/latrtatr from Loup City, NE

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July 14, 2011

This banana bread is soft and moist and so good. I want to share the recipe with my Thrifty Fun friends that can't have wheat flour.

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By 5 found this helpful
November 15, 2011
Cornmeal gives this lovely bread a wonderful flavor and texture. It's great lightly toasted and spread with butter or cream cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup very ripe, mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Beat eggs well. Add bananas and butter. Add dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Add chopped nuts. Stir lightly. Grease bottom only (not sides) of loaf pan. Sprinkle bottom of pan lightly with cornmeal. Pour batter into pan and bake in 350 degree F oven for 60 to 70 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool on a rack.

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Source: the "Alaska "Sourdough" Cookbook", 1976

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

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February 23, 2011

This is the best ever!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar. Mash bananas. Beat the eggs and add to the bananas with the vanilla and buttermilk. Mix well. Add to creamed butter and sugar mixture. Sift together flour, soda, and salt. Add to banana mixture, beat well. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bread pulls away from sides of pan. Cool.

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By Jodi from Aurora, CO

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July 17, 2016

This is one of my family's favorites.

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April 7, 2015

This simple banana bread recipe is a great way to use up older bananas. My toddler loved it as much as I did.

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May 14, 2012

Cream cheese, bananas, and pecans make for such wonderful muffins or bread loaves.

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March 1, 2012

I found this banana bread recipe online but changed it up to make it healthier and better suit my taste. It makes one large loaf or 2 small loaves. Makes a great gift too!

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October 23, 20040 found this helpful

A recipe for homemade banana bread. By Suzanne S.

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By 1 found this helpful
July 13, 2012

A refreshing flavor to making good ole banana bread. Received comments such as "This is banana bread?" and "It tastes different". When it is baking, the aroma is wonderful. Family favorite.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 28, 2011

Mix all together, adding banana, melted butter and pecans last. Put in loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 7, 2006

A delicious variation on banana bread that you are sure to enjoy.

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January 2, 20050 found this helpful

The best and easiest and lightest banana bread.

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November 30, 20040 found this helpful

Mix all ingredients together. Bake in a greased bread pan for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. This freezes well...

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August 19, 20050 found this helpful

When I make this recipe for us, I cut the recipe in half and I either make 1 loaf, or approximately 10 muffins.

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November 20, 2012

One of the easiest, most flavorful banana bread recipes ever!

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November 8, 2011

My favorite quick bread!

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August 25, 2011

My all-time favorite quick bread!

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By 0 found this helpful
May 10, 2007

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, whisk eggs and oil. Stir in banana and vanilla. Add baking mix, sugar and walnuts; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.

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October 10, 2006

Recipe for Blueberry-Banana Bread. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom of 9x5x3 inch pan. Mix bisquick, oats, sugar, bananas, milk and eggs in large bowl just until moistened. Gently stir in blueberries. Pour into pan.

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

One thing that makes this banana bread recipe so quick to make is it uses a cake mix. This page shows you how to make Cake Mix Banana Bread.

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Adding applesauce to a quick bread or other recipe is one way to reduce the amount of oil used. It also adds more fruit to baked goods. This page contains a banana applesauce bread recipe.

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February 11, 20170 found this helpful

If you are a fan of peanut butter and bananas, perhaps this variation on traditional banana bread is just for you. This page contains a peanut butter banana bread recipe.

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December 3, 20160 found this helpful

This page contains a simple banana bread recipe. Walnuts and cinnamon blend with the sweet flavor of bananas in this easy to make quick bread.

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

Even if you are on a gluten free diet, you can still enjoy a delicious slice of banana bread. This page contains a gluten free banana bread recipe.

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November 5, 20160 found this helpful

This page contains chocolate banana bread recipes. If you like chocolate covered bananas, you will love this variation on traditional banana bread.

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This page contains strawberry banana bread recipes. The flavor of strawberries and bananas melds together to create a delicious quick bread loaf.

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Videos

September 9, 20161 found this helpful

Need a use for overripe bananas? This recipe is easy and kid approved. Learn how to make it in this short video.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 31, 2005

I am looking for a banana nut bread recipe for my bread machine. Does anyone have one that doesn't use wheat flour as an ingredient?

imaqt1962

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 2, 20050 found this helpful

Not sure if when you say "wheat flour" you are referring to all wheat products or all flour products. You might try swapping out the flour in the recipe for a bran of some sort - wheat, rice, etc. I would think you may need to use less bran than flour. Happy experimenting and good luck.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 12, 20050 found this helpful

Banana Nut Bread is a quick bread that doesn't typically require yeast so your bread machine most likely won't make one. By quick bread I mean the dough is more like a batter that doesn't need to rise because there are baking powder/and or soda in it to help it rise. Your best bet is a good old-fashioned recipe that's baked in the oven.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 22, 20060 found this helpful

Banana Nut Bread for the Bread Machine Recipe #96521
I got this recipe from my sister-in-law and it is to die for! Banana bread is a long time favorite in my house and this recipe won us all over....even grandma.
Banana Pecan Bread
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup mashed bananas

1/3 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped

1 servings 1 loaf Change size or US/metric
1 hour 5 minutes 1 hr prep

1. Into baking pan measure flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.
2. Add oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla.
3. Insert pan securely into unit; close lid.
4. Select"Cake" setting; press"Start.
5. "When beep sounds after about 5 minutes, add mashed banana and nuts.
6. Press"Start" again.
7. The"Complete" light will flash when cake is done.
8. (follow your machine's instructions).
9. Using hotpads, remove pan from unit.
10. Turn bread out onto cooling rack.
11. Cool; slice thinly to serve.
12. Makes 1 5x4-inch loaf.
13. Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread: Prepare bread as above through"Cake" setting.
14. When beep sounds, add mashed banana and 1/3 cup chopped chocolate chips.
15. Omit nuts.
16. Continue as directed.

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

I did try this recipe, our boys came home for the weekend and this turned out terrible, I dont know what I did wrong but it never did bake into a bread.

jamish

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 2, 20080 found this helpful

Would there be any changes required if I am to use egg substitute?

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By 0 found this helpful
September 8, 2005

I am looking for an easy recipe for banana bread that can be used in a bread maker.

Thanks,
Michelle

Answers

By guest (Guest Post)
February 9, 20050 found this helpful

Banana Bread - Quick Bread for Machines

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise

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DIRECTIONS:
Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine.
Select the Dough setting, and press Start. Mix the bread for 3 to 5 minutes until the bananas are mashed and all ingredients are thoroughly combined. If necessary, use a rubber spatula to push the dough from the sides of the bread pan. When 3 to 5 minutes have passed on the clock display, press Stop. Do not continue mixing. Smooth out the top of the loaf with the rubber spatula.
Select the Bake setting, and press Start. The Bake cycle time may vary with machines, but should be about 50 minutes. To test the bread for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center top. Remove the toothpick. If the bread is done, the toothpick will come out clean. If there is dough on the toothpick, reset the machine on Bake and continue to bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Test again with the toothpick to assure the bread is completely baked. Remove the pan from the machine, but allow the bread to remain in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the bread to cool completely on a wire rack.

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May 24, 20050 found this helpful

hint: make sure the dry ingredients don't go over the reccomended amount for your machine.
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Banana Nut Bread for Machines

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

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DIRECTIONS:
Spray bread machine pan with vegetable oil spray.
Premix ingredients in order listed. Place mixture in bread machine pan.
Select the Quick Bread/Cake cycle. Press Start. Check after 1 minute to see if mixture is well blended.
Cook until cake cycle stops. Remove pan, and cool completely before removing bread from pan.

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September 8, 20050 found this helpful

Ingredients:

* Small Loaf (1 lb)
* 1 cup sliced ripe banana
* 1/3 cup buttermilk
* 1 1/2 tbsp oil
* 1 1/2 tbsp honey
* 1 1/3 cups White Flour
* 2/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Directions:

SELECT loaf size. ADD ingredients to machine according to manufacturer's directions. SELECT white cycle and light crust setting.

By Anna

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 8, 20050 found this helpful

I want to thank everyone very much :).

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

This is a quick and easy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box butter recipe yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Directions:

Grease and flour 2 loaf pans or spray with Baker's Joy. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Mix all ingredients until combined. Divide between the two pans and bake 40-45 minutes or until loaves test done.

By indianlady from Boonville, NC

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or buttermilk

Directions:

Combine butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla in bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add mashed bananas, cream or buttermilk, flour, soda, and salt. Beat until blended. Bake in greased pans in 350 degree oven until knife blade comes out clean or center springs back. You can add the little red and green candy cherries to this recipe for a festive, Christmas look!

By Robin

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas (ripe)
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts (chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp. milk

Directions:

Make into 2 small loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

By Robin

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired

Directions:

Grease bottom only of loaf pan (9x5x3 inch) Mix sugar and butter together. Add in eggs and stir until smooth. Add bananas, buttermilk, vanilla. Mix until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt just until moistened. Add nuts if desired. Pour into pan and bake about 1 1/4 hours at 350 degrees F or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.

By IMAQT1962 from ILLINOIS

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts, opt.

Directions

Cream together first four ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Place in 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 cups flour

Directions

Cream sugar and shortening. Mix in remaining ingredients, adding the mashed bananas last. Beat for 3 minutes. Pour into two loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups flour

Directions:

Cream sugar and margarine. Add eggs and cream again. In blended add milk, soda, and ripe bananas. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture of bananas into the sugar, margarine and eggs. Mix. Stir in flour and mix. Grease the bottoms only of a loaf pan and fill with mixture. Let bread rest in pan for 20 minutes before baking. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bread is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Bread may be wrapped in foil and frozen.

By Robin

Post your banana bread tips and recipes below...

Answers:

Banana Bread Tips

When I make banana bread I add any other fruit that is less than at its peak. Diced apples, berries or pears work well. Use yogurt for part of the oil. Freeze overripe bananas in their peels until you get around to making banana bread.

(06/13/2005)

By Linda

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

Freeze any fruits that are getting close to their prime, on a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Making sure none are close enough to stick together. Once they're all frozen, toss them all into a freezer bag. Where you can grab a serving just to eat on while watching TV (frozen banana chunks taste like ice cream! blueberries are good like this, even watermelon!), or grab a handful to toss in the blender when making smoothies! Experimentation is essential, what I might like, you might not. I've frozen pear, bananas, cantaloupe, watermelon, all kinds of berries. On the watermelon, don't let it thaw completely, but to eat it when still icy, it's good. Thanks to whomever ever put this idea in my head!

Happy Summer! (06/13/2005)

By badwater

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

With regard to freezing overripe bananas until you are ready to use, I say plan to do this before baking banana bread or muffins. Once thawed, there is a tremendous amount of juice, and so much flavor, that the finished product just explodes with flavor when you eat it. I rarely make my banana muffins with old bananas that are just lying around. Freeze them first - you won't be sorry. (07/07/2005)

By mrsmutt

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

The best banana bread recipe is in the Fanny Farmer cookbook. It has no fats or oils and is a moist, delicious bread. I make it without nuts most of the time. Aunt Sharon from Texas (07/08/2005)

By Aunt Sharon

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

I have tried a lot of banana bread recipes, but my favorite is based upon on a recipe in the cookbook entitled, A Slob in the Kitchen. I buy a date bread mix. I follow the directions on the box except I replace the liquid with buttermilk, add two very ripe mashed bananas, and stir in a cup of pecan or walnut pieces before baking. This is sooo good! (07/20/2005)

By SusannL

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

My banana bread is always dark on the bottom and the center never seems fully cooked what is the reasoning for this (06/20/2007)

By Gloria

Pampered Chef

If you ever TRY Pampered Chef products for baking you'll never want to go back to metal. The outer and bottom crust bakes a nice light brown color and is NEVER rock hard! They make a loaf pan and I use mine for breads. Wouldn't use anything else (06/27/2007)

By Heather, Ky

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

Gloria, you might try cooking your banana bread in a larger pan. This will make the loaf thinner, and may help it bake more evenly. Alternatively, place another empty baking sheet on a rack just below your banana bread. It should help shield the bottom of your loaf from the direct heat of the oven element. Cheers, and happy baking!

PS -I agree that the Fanny Farmer recipe is the best ever! (08/06/2008)

By Lisa

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

Instead of using margarine and flour to prep your loaf pans, try spraying with Pam and coat with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. It gives an added zip and crust to any sweet breads (08/12/2008)

By Marie

Banana Bread - Tips and Recipes

I found this on Allrecipes and have made one or two minor changes:

EXTREME BANANA NUT BREAD (or muffins*)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened (I use butter)
  • 2 cups white sugar (I use 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 Splenda)
  • 2 cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or line with parchment paper) two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.

Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter (or margarine) and sugar until smooth. Stir in the mashed bananas, eggs, and walnuts until well blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture, and stir just until blended. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the crown of the loaf comes out clean. (I cover loosely with foil if it starts browning before the center is done.)

Let the loaves cool in the pans for at least 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely. Wrap in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture. Ideally, refrigerate the loaves for 2 hours or more before serving.

*For muffins, preheat the oven to 375 and bake for about 20 minutes. Use cupcake/muffin liners so you don't have to grease the muffin tins. (08/12/2008)

By Maryeileen

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