Friday, August 25, 2017

Banana Nut Bread

I fondly remember Mom helping me make Banana Nut Bread.
I learned a lot about cooking from my mom. One of her favourite breakfast foods was bananas. Wayne and I are the same way. Sometimes we eat them as a side or as part of a fresh fruit bowl.

We don't always eat our bananas fast enough and a few get brown and soft. We don't throw them away, we just mash and toss them into a batter and make some Banana Nut Bread for breakfast.

Banana Nut Bread

Mixing the wet ingredients.
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mixing in the pecans.


Mash bananas with a fork. Mix together eggs, sugar, bananas and oil.

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Stir in vanilla and chopped pecans.

Grease and flour one large or two small loaf pans. Pour in ingredients and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes on the top rack.

Preparing the baking pans.
Remove when brown on top and firm to the touch.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Store in plastic wrap or foil to keep moist.

Back when we could cooked together, Mom would mash the bananas, grease the pans, and stir in the nuts.

Mom always liked cooking and baking, so it was a fun activity we could still do together even when she was well into her 90s.

Banana Nut Bread hot from the oven.

What are some of the things that you fondly remember doing with your parents? -- Margy


  1. Oh banana bread - I just made some from a couple of "elderly" bananas - delicious. For memories I would rather go back to baking I did with my kids - better memories. We would bake just about anything - starting with the kids standing on a chair to help frost the cookies - to baking wedding cakes together when our oldest daughter got married. Fun in the kitchen with my kids is such a great memory - and we still get together for family events and make meals together. Love the photos of your mom making banana bread - my favorite is of her mashing the banana with her finger, I generally use a fork but love her method, might give that a try.

    1. That's cute, elderly bananas. Since I didn't have any children all my cooking memories are either with my parents or grandparents on my mother's side. And of course memories of things I did trying to teach myself. - Margy

  2. Banana bread! It's one of the things that made boarding school bearable for me. The cafeteria (which served only vegetarian dishes) matron would makes us moist banana bread during particularly special weekends. Oh, yummy! I would gladly forget how strict the dean was; not to mention the struggle that was Algebra. I love you, banana bread!

    Hello Margy, I'm visiting you back from either ABC Wednesday or Thursday Thirteen. Thanks for dropping by my little corner (Aisling Tales). Have a great weekend!

    1. It's hard to imaging going to boarding school. Some of the best banana bread I every had was in a small village on the Mexico coast. Banana trees grew everywhere. We took a taxi tour of the area and they stopped at a small stand out in the country that sold warm, fresh banana bread. We start in the back of the cab tearing off chunks eating the delicious treat while learning more about the area. - Margy


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy