Mom's Banana Nut Bread

I have more recipes for banana nut bread than any one person needs. I've got cream cheese banana nut bread, chocolate chip banana nut bread, caramel banana nut bread, pumpkin banana nut bread,.... are you getting the picture? Whenever I want good old fashioned, basic banana nut bread, it's my mom's recipe that I reach for. With 5 kids in the house, Mom always had plenty of bananas. We all know how quickly bananas ripen, so there was a constant supply of over-ripe bananas and since we did not throw food away, those extra ripe bananas became banana nut bread The great thing about this bread is that It's simple and I promise you will have all the ingredients you need without having to go to the store. Here's what you'll need: 

  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C chopped pecans

Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. Add the crushed bananas and mix well. Then add the eggs and mix. Once it's blended, add the flour, baking soda, and vanilla and mix until just combined. Stir in about 3/4 of the chopped nut then pour into a loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.

Check the bread after about 45 minutes to see if it's done enough for you. To me, the best part of banana nut bread is the gooey center that sinks down after you take it out of the oven when it's slightly under-done. That's the part we always used to fight over. If you aren't a fan of that gooey goodness, just keep in the oven a little longer. This is great warm out of the oven or cold or toasted with a little butter. Any way you cut it, it's delicious.