Nana Recipe Wednesday–Banana Bread

by Sarah on January 18, 2012

I can't believe I've never posted banana bread before.

I’ve been amiss with the Nana recipes for a while, I know!  Sue me.  The holidays, my vacation, work….excuses, excuses. But Nana’s back and better than ever and this week I’ve brought you this here lovely banana bread recipe. Which I am totally shocked I’ve never posted before.  It’s not for my lack of making it.

Nana can't believe it either.

Because I’ll admit it….I’m an old banana hoarder.  Are you?  Or do you have someone in your life that is an old banana hoarder?  I don’t know if it’s a sickness or not but when bananas get overripe….well, no one really wants to eat them anymore.  So I stuff them in the freezer.  Where they promptly turn black and live the rest of their days amongst the frozen duck fat, variety meats, frozen peas and puff pastry and wait to be made into banana bread.

My frozen banana secret is out.

They’re really ugly, aren’t they?  It’s kind of embarrassing.  It’s some kind of chemical reaction that makes them turn as black as my soul, but they still taste fine and are nice and mushy–perfect for baking into breads and muffins.  They hardly even take any time at all to thaw out–just a few minutes really.

You probably have all this stuff already.

Just mash the banana up with a fork, cream the sugar and butter in a mixer and add the dry stuff.  Add the banana then the nuts.  Then put it all into a greased pan.  Not too taxing.

Batter, greased pan.

Bake it for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  That is it.  Nice warm banana bread.

The best of bread.

That you made out of some funky old hoarded black freezer bananas.  That’s economical!

Hooray for frozen black bananas!

Nana would be proud.

Butter recommended.

Nana's Banana Bread


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana (I used one whole banana)
  • 1 1/2 cup sifted flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 350*.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixer.
  • Add eggs, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in banana.
  • Sift dry ingredients and add to mixture. Mix well.
  • Add nuts if desired. Mix.
  • Pour into greased loaf pan
  • Bake 30-45 minutes or until done. (When toothpick inserted into center comes out clean)

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