May 28, 2009

Banana Breads

I've never tried posting two recipes at one time for the same type of dish, but there's a first time for everything, right? The first recipe, from my grandmother, makes more of a traditional kind of banana nut bread, though in my opinion, this recipe is much better than most others I've tried. Grandma Beck's banana bread is more delicate and light. The second recipe is from my friend Angie. It doesn't have nuts (because her husband is allergic to them), it uses some wheat flour, and it includes some nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. I recommend that you give both recipes a try. Tell me what you think.

Grandma Beck’s Banana Nut Bread
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
3 large bananas, mashed
¼ cup sour milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Then add dry ingredients alternately with sour milk and mashed bananas. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Makes 2 medium loaves.

Angie’s Uber Delicious Banana Bread
2 cups flour (I use half white, half wheat)
½ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
¼ teaspoon salt
2 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine wet ingredients (butter, eggs, bananas, vanilla) in a bowl. Then slowly add dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Pour into one greased 9x5 loaf pan. Bake for 60-65 minutes, until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack. Slice and serve.


  1. Perfect, I was just thinking I should make some banana bread with all those extra ripe bananas over there. I'm trying to figure out what is uber healthy about Angie's banana bread. It has too much butter to be uber healthy! They both sound really good but we're going to try Angie's. I'm really enjoying your recipes. Thanks!

  2. So adding a cup of wheat flour doesn't make anything you add it to healthy? ;-) Okay, so "uber healthy" is a bit of an exaggeration, I admit. Good luck with the banana bread. I'm honored to have you checking in every once in awhile.

  3. Lol. You were the one to give it the Uber Healthy moniker. Although, I can't help but feel it is when I'm eating it. Maybe it's just so tasty I want to believe it's healthier. Either way, yum.

  4. More over ripe bananas, time for more banana bread. Angie's was so good, but I want to try Grandma Beck's. What to do, what to do?

  5. So what did you decide, Wendy? I need to try a batch of Angie's banana bread myself because I've never actually made it. I only tasted it when Angie gave me a piece. But it was definitely delectable.