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Banana Bread - 2 ways!

Please don’t cry over “bad” bananas. Make bread instead!! Here are two differently amazing recipes. Am I the only one that is amazed how quickly bananas seem to brown?! I mean. One day they are just a little too green still, the next day…brown! 🤦🏻‍♀️😒🙃

There are so many banana bread recipes! Some use buttermilk, some use sour cream, some use neither. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This particular recipe is golden. A winner. Hands down, delicious! It is more “cake-like” and in fact would make a delicious banana cake. Pour it in a 9x9 square baking pan and give that a try! Some cream cheese frosting.. *chef’s kiss* 💋

Big thanks to Judy McMeekan for submitting this recipe into our family cookbook! We love you! And your recipes! ♥️

🍌🍞Banana Bread🍞🍌

🍌3 cups sugar

🍌1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks!)

🍌4 eggs, (I prefer room temperature)

🍌1 tsp vanilla extract

🍌1 tsp almond extract (🏆🙌🏼)

🍌4-5 bananas (old, preferably. & mashed)

🍌3 cups flour

🍌1 tsp baking powder

🍌1/2 tsp baking soda

🍌8 Tbsp buttermilk*

*if you don’t have buttermilk on hand but you have milk and vinegar…you’re in luck! Just pour 7 Tbsp milk and 1 Tbsp white vinegar together. Stir it up and let it sit. Behold! You now have buttermilk!

In large mixer bowl, combine 3 cups sugar (I know. 3 cups! What can I say, this is a treat!) and two sticks of softened butter together and mix until well combined and creamy.

That is a lot of sugar 😬

Once the sugar and butter look nice and creamy, add the vanilla and almond extracts and the eggs, one at a time. Mix well.

Look how nice and creamy it looks now! 👆🏼

Now you can add your bananas. Mash em up..or if they’re soft enough, just toss them in and let the mixer do the work.

It looks a little weird after mixing in the bananas 👆🏼 That’s okay. 😊

Next, combine the flour and baking powder into a bowl and add in to the banana mixture about a cup at a time.

See, it’s back to looking good again after the flour has been mixed in.

Now, take your *buttermilk* and add the 1/2 tsp baking soda. Be sure it’s in a bowl that allows it to grow by about twice!

It will foam up 👆🏼

Here’s what your batter will look like when everything’s combined and ready to bake!

Pour your batter into two or three pans sprayed with nonstick spray. I’m able to get three loaves out of this recipe!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes then turn oven down to 325 degrees for another 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean. Watch it pretty close, I think I would do 350 degrees for 20 minutes instead of 30 and then turn the temp down.



This next recipe is my mom’s banana bread recipe. I’m pretty sure she got it from her maybe it’s really “Aunt Reah’s Banana Bread” but since I grew up with my mom making it, we’ll go ahead and stick with that. This bread is the way banana bread is ^supposed^ to taste…because it’s how it tasted as I grew up 🙃

I don’t have step by step pictures, but the method is the same. You don’t add the soda to the buttermilk though.

👑 Mom’s Banana Bread 👑

🍞3/4 c butter, softened (1&1/2 sticks)

🍞1 1/2 cups sugar

🍞1 tsp vanilla

🍞2 eggs, beaten well after each addition

🍞1 1/2 cups mashed over ripe bananas (3-4 bananas)

🍞2 cups flour

🍞1 tsp baking soda

🍞3/4 tsp salt

🍞1/2 cup buttermilk* 🍞3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional..pecans preferred!)

*remember you can make your own buttermilk. Add 1tsp white vinegar to 1/2 cup milk, stir and let sit while you do the other ingredients.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Combine the butter and sugar until well blended. Add vanilla, and eggs one at a time. Then add the bananas.

While the sugar and butter are blending, combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

Now, add the flour mixture to the banana mixture small amounts at a time.

Then slowly pour in the buttermilk while mixing at a low speed. Combine all well.

Spray two loaf pans with non stick spray. Divide the batter between the two loaf pans and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour.

This bread is more dense and less cake-like. So so good.

I also like to add 1 tsp almond extract along with the vanilla for a little something extra. 🤍

I hope you try these recipes!

Let us know in the comments how they turned out for you or let us know your favorite recipe!


Summer ☀️



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