Old Fashioned Banana Nut Bread

Old Fashioned Banana Nut Bread from 101 Cooking For TwoAn excellent old fashion banana nut bread that your grandmother would have made. Deep banana taste that is moist and nutty.
ripe bananas

This is the tale of two bananas that were a little past their prime. Not rotten but just brown and softer than I usually like. So I looked far and wide for a recipe. I went to Cooks Illustrated but was rejected. They needed six bananas. What do they do, plan ahead or something? Others needed 4 bananas and lots of butter. I still only had two bananas and a family history of heart problems.

1972 Betty Croker Cookbook

I really couldn’t find what I wanted. I just wanted old fashion banana bread. What was so hard about that? It called for our old favorite cookbook, 1972 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. Yep, I had just what I wanted and it came out great.

Rating

rating system 5

This was just great. Moist with great banana taste.

Notes: This is not one of those little bricks of banana bread. It had great rise. I did fudge up the baking powder a bit and that probably helped the rise. That is included in the recipe and is the only modification I made.

If you want that thinner loaf, split the batter into two loaf pans and decrease the baking time by a little.

flour baking pan

Preheat the oven to 350 not convection. Grease and flour a loaf pan with a tablespoon of butter and little flour. Use two loaf pans if you want thin loaves.

mash the bananas

Mash 2-3 over ripe bananas. In a large mixing bowl combine: 2 1/2 cup AP flour, 1 cup sugar, 4 t baking powder, 1 t salt, 3 T oil, 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 cup chopped walnuts.

mix ingredients

Beat at medium speed with hand mixer for 1-2 minutes stopping occasionally to scrape sides to be sure to incorporate all the ingredients.

pour in pan

Transfer to the floured pan and bake for about one hour.

bake for one hour

Remove from pan and cool on rack.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Old Fashioned Banana Nut Bread
 
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An excellent old fashion banana nut bread that your grandmother would have made. Deep banana taste that is moist and nutty.
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Serves: 1 large loaf or 2 small
Ingredients
  • 2-3 over ripe bananas
  • 2½ cup AP flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 T oil
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 not convection. Grease and flour a loaf pan with a tablespoon of butter and little flour. Use two loaf pans if you want thin loafs.
  2. Mash 2-3 over ripe bananas.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine: 2½ cup AP flour, 1 cup sugar, 4 t baking powder, 1 t salt, 3 T oil, ¾ cup milk, 1 egg, 1 cup chopped walnuts.
  4. Beat at medium speed with hand mixer for 1-2 minutes stopping occasionally to scrape sides to be sure to incorporate all the ingredients.
  5. Transfer to the floured pan and bake for about one hour. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

 

Last Updated
October 6 2014

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Everyone in my family except me loves this stuff. Every time a few bananas get past the ideal ripeness (rare, around here, they disappear first), I know Alexis will be baking up a batch. I think her recipe is from the old Better Homes and Gardens classic cookbook.

    I developed a hate for bananas during my intense cycling training in the 90s. I ate so many out of necessity that I can’t stand them anymore.

  2. says

    When I first received this book in 1979, I thought it was very old fashioned and cheesy!! After a few years I began to make the banana nut bread, much to the delight of the people I made it for. For years, I gave this bread as a gift in exchange for the good deeds of others. As time went by with a career and children, the habit faded away. Now, after overcoming a grave illness and the diagnosis of MS, I have re-kindled the practice. With the financial limitations of Disability payments, I am blessed to receive the kind acts of others. It is my small gesture of thanks!!

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing your story. This book holds so many treasures. This is just a wonderful bread and I’m sure the recipients of your gifts are grateful for the tasty thank you.

  4. Tammy says

    I made it exactly as written, and it had absolutely no banana flavor ( I even used 3 bananas). next time I will use 4 bananas and a box of instant banana pudding. i will also decrease the baking soda from 4 tsp to 3 tsps , as you can taste the powder. This is just my opinion, I like banana flavoring :) Loaf looked nice.

    • says

      I don’t do a banana bread until they are almost black. More taste that way. Also for a “heavy banana person” like you, check out that ATK recipe. They crammed 6 bananas into one loaf. I like banana but quit not that much.

      I’m the one that increase the baking soda. I can’t taste it ( but I’m believe some others may) and it gives a great extra lift and changes the texture some.

      Thanks for the comments.
      DrDan

  5. Rena says

    This recipe is delicious! Although my hubby looked at me weird when I asked him to bring the rake in so that I could cool my loaves. Kids loved it and adapted well to using whole wheat white flour. 5 out of 5!

  6. Joyce says

    I have been faithful to this banana bread recipe since I first got that cookbook when I went away to college in the 1970s! EVERYONE loves this banana bread! It is a never fail, and so easy.

    • says

      I love this cookbook…. One of my children couldn’t live without it so got one on E-Bay.
      Now the recipe is just great. I compare all other banana bread to this and nothing comes close. This the standard for me.
      Thanks for the note and rating.
      DrDan

  7. Steve Roth says

    Finally, a Sunday morning free to scroll through 101 cooking to locate a favorite treat. I love nutty banana bread and a simple ingredient list. But, thus far I have failed to locate “the perfect,” recipe. I think that you have solved my dilemma and have probably provided me with the exact recipe that my mom would bake once or twice a month. Headed out for 3 bananas and some cream cheese.

    I have to score a copy of the 1972 BCC, which I now recall that my mother used, based on your photo. She only had one cookbook to her name, but she also relied on a file cabinet of farm girl recipes that she kept track of in her head.

    Out of an anti-establishment 1960’s mind set, I tend to avoid E-bay like the plague. So, I will start with the 3 excellent used bookstores located here in Salt Lake. Yes, that Salt Lake City. But if I am left with no recourse, E-bay here I come. Thanks again! (Can I just say “thank you,” once, knowing that most anyone making a comment appreciates the heck out of you and your loyal followers?). Maybe not. Good manners are always in keeping, per my mom.

    • says

      I do love that cookbook… It is actually my wife’s and she got it new in 1972 when she worked at Sears. It is much loved. Daughter #2 ebayed one last year. Good luck at the book stores. All the old book stores around here are gone. Just antique malls and that could take forever to find.

      There is no other banana bread in my life. I try others but always come back.

      Thanks for the note and rating.
      Dan

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