There’s nothing quite like biting into a moist and sweet slice of banana bread, especially in the colder months of the year. I always look forward to visiting my mother for the holidays, because she always has a loaf of banana bread straight out of the oven for when I arrive. Personally, I think that banana bread doesn’t get enough credit for being a great American dessert. We love our apple pie (and for good reason), but banana bread was actually created right here in the United States.
It’s a fairly standard recipe these days, but banana bread only dates back to the 1930s, and started becoming more popular in the 1950s. I always loved banana bread when growing up, but I actually didn’t know the ingredients myself until I moved out and my mother told me just how easy it was to make on my own. Now, I make banana bread at just about any chance I can get, and you’ll be surprised by just how simple it is to make banana bread for your family.
Some of the ingredients might also surprise you, which includes sour cream, and it’s better to use overripe bananas instead of the purely yellow ones. My mother would tell me stories about how banana bread became popular in the first place, as the poor economy caused people to not want to waste their bananas. It all made sense when explained to me, and the recipe has stuck around for decades because of how delicious it is.
I always buy bananas when I go to the store, especially because they’re so cheap, making it easy to just toss into the shopping cart. I’ve found that it’s also easy to buy too many, and you can’t eat all of them before they start to get brown. That’s when it’s the perfect time to make a delicious loaf of pumpkin bread.
In my house, I always keep a lot of the other ingredients that it takes to make banana bread, making it even easier. Almost everyone has butter, sugar, sour cream, salt, flour, vanilla extract and baking soda in their homes. If you happen to have walnuts, too, you’ll have everything that you need for banana bread. Even if you don’t have walnuts (or simply don’t like them), you can leave them out and still enjoy this recipe.
The preparation time is incredibly short, and most of the time it takes to create banana bread is when it sits in the oven baking, creating one of my favorite smells in the world. You just need a bread loaf pan and a large bowl, so there’s not much clean-up after the fact, either. Combined with the fact that banana bread smells better than any candle ever could, it should let you know that it’s one of the perfect desserts around!
When I make banana bread, I don’t like to make enough for just a couple of slices. It’s a family tradition in my home, so I make sure that there’s enough for more than a dozen people to get a taste of this delicious recipe. You might not want to share it (and I know there are times when I don’t), but hopefully this recipe will leave you some banana bread leftover for the next day, or at least gives everyone in your home enough to enjoy!
Banana bread is incredibly versatile, so you don’t even have to follow this recipe to the letter. If you don’t have butter, you can simply use margarine or even oil. If you don’t have white sugar, you can use brown sugar for a taste that’s just as sweet and even better smelling in the home. If you don’t have all-purpose flour, you can still use whole wheat flour. There aren’t many limits to what you can do with this banana bread recipe, but make sure that you do have the baking soda handy!
I think that the banana bread is great enough on its own, but many in my family like to add a spread of cream cheese or honey butter to their slices. You’ll find that this recipe is moist enough to where you don’t need any additions, but it’s all up to you! Enjoy this recipe with your family since there’s plenty to go around, and enjoy how easy it is to both prepare and clean the kitchen afterward!
Preparation Time: 70-75 Minutes
Serves: 15 People
Nutrition (Per Serving):
Fat: 11 g
Protein: 3 g
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Sodium: 220 mg
Cholesterol: 45 mg
What You’ll Need:
- 2 Sliced Medium-Size Bananas
- ½ Cup Melted Butter
- ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1 Cup Sugar
- ½ Cup Sour Cream
- 2 Eggs
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 ½ Cups Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (176 celsius), then add grease to a 9×5 bread loaf pan.
- While the oven is warming up, take a large bowl and mix your sugar and melted butter together. Once mixed, add in the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix all of these ingredients until they’re in a smooth texture.
- After finishing the mixture, add in the walnuts, sour cream and bananas. Spread out the entire mixture evenly into your bread loaf pan, placing it in the oven.
- The banana bread should be prepared after 60 minutes, though the time could vary. If you’re able to insert a toothpick into the banana bread and it comes out dry, then your banana bread will be ready to take out of the oven!
- Once you take the banana bread out, let it cool down in the pan for 10 minutes. After that time has passed, take the banana bread out of the pan, placing it onto a wire rack. When it’s cooled, you’ll have enough banana bread to give a slice to 15 people, making plenty of your family and friends happy!