Mom’s Banana Bread

by Megan on August 3, 2011

I think it’s the part of summer where we’ve given up. Either that or become tougher.

(I only used three of those freckled dudes for this!)

For example, Monday I made corn bread pizzas for dinner and didn’t even feel like I had to eat it picnic-style in the air conditioned bedroom.

And last night after dinner, Jake and I went outside with Elliot and it was raining. We just sat down on the wet chairs with no regard for our outfits and chatted in the rain for a bit. Rain is no big deal, I guess.

Then after dinner, I mixed up this banana bread and baked it for an hour. One whole hour while feeling like a sweaty betty, but not even caring! So make this banana bread and don’t even bother letting the weather try to stop you!*

And did you know that today is in fact my mom’s birthday!? She’s the reason this banana bread is here for us all! She’s the reason that I make jam. She’s the reason I love coffee cake. Happy Birthday Mom!

*I totally understand if you let the weather stop you. Who am I kidding?! I can’t even drink hot coffee in these temperatures.

Mom’s Banana Bread
Recipe from my childhood


  • 2-3 bananas (about 1 cup’s worth)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray 1 large bread pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with a rectangle of parchment paper overlapping the two long sides of the pan so you can lift the bread out eventually.
  2. In a large bowl mash the bananas. Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix, mix, mix, until completely combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan. Bake the large loaf for an hour or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Serve warm with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Banana bread picnic for two.

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cindy August 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

banana bread is just the best. recipes from moms make it even better! happy birthday to your mom, i already know she’s awesome cause she made dog treats and shared them with elliot. also, that heart butter is just the cutest!


Megan (megabite) August 3, 2011 at 8:01 am

Yeah man! And can you believe that Elliot just finished those treats this morning? I think that it’s a sign that I need to make them.


Zoe August 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

Happy birthday Mama Megabite!!


Kerri August 3, 2011 at 9:45 am

Happy Birthday Mrs. D!!


Megan (megabite) August 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

Yeah! Thanks for all the birthday love for my Mom!


mum August 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

Thanks for all the super sweet wishes on this my old birthday..and it is sooo beautiful here I do not even care (to much) about the old part!! Megan, I can ALMOST smell that bread.. yummm. I do love it! And I AM drinking lots of hot coffee <3


Amita August 3, 2011 at 10:40 am

I just love those heart-shaped pats of butter! Too adorable.

Happy birthday to Megan’s mom!


Megan (megabite) August 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

Thanks guuuuuurl!


tinytearoom August 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

bananas are crazy expensive in Australia at the moment. something like $15 a kilo. I love bananas and miss them very much. Hopefully the price will drop when the weather gets warmer and the farmers recover from the cyclone. Your banana bread looks light and lovely. I’m loving the heart shaped butter.


Megan (megabite) August 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

Thanks, Amy!

Good luck with the bananas.

P.S. The breads you’ve been making look so good!


Younjin November 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I make this recipe a lot, it’s my go-to for banana bread. Last night, I added choc chips instead of nuts – and my Monday was 400% better. 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!


Megan (megabite) November 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Awesome, Younjin. Chocolate chips would be super good in this! Can you believe that once I put a crumb topping on it?


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