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Favorite Banana Bread Recipes

Updated on September 12, 2016
A Loaf of Banana Bread
A Loaf of Banana Bread | Source

We all have our favorite banana bread recipes. These are mine.

This page contains three recipes for banana bread. One is a quick bread. One is a yeast bread recipe for the oven. The last is a sweet, yeast ecipe for the bread machine.

We like bread. We like bananas. Mix them together and you have one awesome treat. Banana bread recipes come in three basic categories. The traditional banana bread is a quick bread, meaning it is leavened with chemicals such as baking soda instead of yeast. Banana bread leavened with yeast is the second category, of course. Then we have banana sweet bread, which is a yeast bread but sweetened as the name suggests.

If we expand the definition, , we can also include treats such as banana muffins, banana pancakes, banana scones and so forth. We won't even touch on banana cake. That's a whole different story, although an equally delicious story.

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I realize that persons living in countries other than the US do not use teaspoons and other Imperial measurements. I will attempt, in the future, to use both metric and imperial.

For now, please refer to The Gourmet Sleuth Cooking Conversions. There is an excellent converter there.

Ingredients for Making Banana Bread
Ingredients for Making Banana Bread | Source

Recipe for Banana Orange Nut Bread (Quick Bread)

This recipe is for a quick bread, meaning it is leavened without yeast. The addition of the orange gives is lovely, citrus flavor and a nice moistness.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium to large bananas
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of milk, approximately

Method

Cut the bananas into chunks. Ripe bananas work best.

Grate the orange rind and squeeze the juice. Put juice and rind in cup and add enough milk to make 1/4 cup.

Beat the sugar and oil together. Add eggs and banana chunks and beat until the banana chunks have almost, but not entirely disappeared. Stir in the orange juice mixture. Add nuts and mix.

Mix together the dry ingredients and beat into the wet mixture, combining thoroughly. Add the vanilla and stir.

Butter a standard loaf pan and line with waxed paper. Spoon the batter into the pan and bake in a slow oven (about 275 degrees F) for about 80 minutes. Test for doneness. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 30 minutes. Then turn onto a cake rack to continue cooling. This banana bread recipe can be frozen.

Recipe for Banana Nut Bread Leavened with Yeast

You make this banana nut bread in a bread machine. It's healthy and calls for whole wheat flour.

Ingredients

  • Optional but recommended: Bread Dough Enhancer. Use per manufacturer's instructions.
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup.
  • 1 tsp Maple extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 md ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Method

Put all the ingredients into the pan in the order listed. Select “whole wheat”. Push “start.”

When its finished baking, remove from the pan and enjoy eating this fragrant banana nut bread.

Bread Machine Recipe for Banana Chocolate Nut Bread

This is a recipe for a sweet bread. You make this Banana Chocolate Nut Bread in the bread machine. Kids love this one and adults don't usually complain much either.

This recipe makes one 1 pound loaf.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Method

Put all ingredients in the bread machine. Add the mashed bananas with the milk and add the chocolate with the flour.

Use the basic/white bread cycle on the light or medium/normal color setting.

Some bread machines will produce a smooth bread with a chocolate color. Other machines produce an attractive marbling.

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      KimberlyDawnWel1 9 years ago

      I'm not a big banana bread fan but you have a great lens here! Keep up the awesome work. :)

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      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thanks Kimberly! That's so good of you to say.

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      fitbody2day 9 years ago

      My father used to make banana bread when I was a kid. I wish I had the recipe now. I am going to try the sweet bread version. Nice lens

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      ..mmm...yummy

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      Helen 9 years ago

      Great lens, my family loves Banana bread. Welcome to the Home Cooking group!

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      poutine 9 years ago

      Great lens. I love banana bread. I have a favorite recipe that has "glazed fruits" in it and it's delicious. To me, it tastes better than a fruit cake.

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      Shorebirdie 9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I love banana bread, too. I sometimes make mine with cocoa powder, substituting some of the flour with the chocolate. It gets lots of kudos from everyone.

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Great lens, I don't bake bread often, but it's always time well spent!

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, I'll defintely use that recipe. Thanks!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a great lens!

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      Winter52 LM 9 years ago

      My kids love banana bread especially if it contains chocolate chips. The more chocolate chips the better they like it. Must look in the freezer to see if we have any bananas waiting to be used. That's one good thing about bananas... if they get too ripe, into the freezer and they are waiting the next time you need them for banana bread. :)

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      krisManuel 9 years ago

      I love bananas. 5* for you.

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      carrieokier 9 years ago

      Nice job- 5* I love new recipes! Want to try my secret ingredient recipe for Chocolate Chip cookies? Hope to see you there!

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      This lens is making me hungry!

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      davyjones lm 8 years ago

      Mmmm... so good! Are these your own personal recipes ? Also, do you have any banana pancake recipes? Thanks for sharing the quality lens.

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      motorpurrr 8 years ago

      Nothing better than the house smelling like banana bread! Nice lens:) mmmmmmmmm

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      acne-guy 8 years ago

      Think Banana Shake is my favorite..

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      credit-card 8 years ago

      Love bananna bread, but can't cook :( Gotta get my girley to make me some. yum! ;p

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      mohan1555 8 years ago

      bananas are very good food for health.

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      banana is the very taste frout in all the fruits.

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      gaganraoh 8 years ago

      Will try the Banana Orange Nut one, sounds good..

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      WITH BANANA WE CAN PREPARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SWEETS.

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      childrens like this fruit very much . it will give good enorgy.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Love banana bread and this lens is very interesting.

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      Nice lens!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Thanks for all those Infos and Tips I could really use those especially if I am in a hurry to go to the office,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens! I love banana bread and the funny thing is, it was the only food I could eat that did not make me nauseous when I was pregnant! LOVE THIS LENS, 5*'s for sure!

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      Love banana and anything make with banana. Thanks

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Yum, I used to love a chocolate chip banana bread that a friend made. I'm supposed to avoid gluten these days, alas. Will have to find a gluten-free version somewhere ;)

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I love banana bread as I'll make it when our bananas get a little too ripe. You know, we also use that banana bread mix to make waffles and pancakes -- hubby loves to do that! PS Just this morning I found the 3 rather ripe bananas that were on our kitchen counter sitting on the bar stool -- seems our little rascally kitty had pulled them down. Kitties like bananas too! 5*****

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      I love banana bread so will have to try out these recipes.

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      KathleenH 8 years ago

      These are great recipes - I can't wait to try them! My kids will enjoy being the taste-testers!

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      CASHMONEYSILK 8 years ago

      Sweeet, I love banana bread, my mom used to put a slice in every lunch in elementary school, man those were the days!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great lens! I love banana bread and am always looking for new recipes.

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      AndrewGreen LM 8 years ago

      Can't wait to make Banana bread. Will be cooking tonight.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Please for non-USA readers (In England) use standard metric. We have no real idea how large your teaspoons or tea cups are. Your measurements seem too imprecise to trust.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I love bana bread, and I'm always on the lookout for new recipes- thank you!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love banana bread. Your Banana Chocolate Nut Bread recipe sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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      I had new recipes for my kids to enjoy. Thanks to this lens! Im also searching for How to cure a hemroid.

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      @tiffkins123: I'm glad you liked the lens, but I have to to tell you that Squidoers are discouraged from using comment fields to promote their own lenses. I'm not going to delete it, but many other lensmasters will.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Yummy! I have always loved banana bread! Blessing this lens and lenrolling to my Homemade Bread lens!

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      @ZenandChic: Thanks. Will lensroll you also.

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      Lovely well presented lens. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      @norma-holt: Thank you. Lovely to see you visiting another of my lenses

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      breadmachinereviewer 7 years ago

      Another one of your great lenses. Now I have two bread machine recipes to try from the greatn nightcats. Keep posting!

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      @breadmachinereviewer: Thank you!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      I have a chocolate marble banana bread recipe that I use all the time. Found it in Cooking Light magazine.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Mickie Gee: Oh that does sound heavenly. Thanks for the blessing. Much appreciated.

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      toriphile81 6 years ago

      I make a vegan chocolate chip banana bread that is delicious! I also love the banana bread at whole foods, so good! I like to add a little cinnamon to mine. :)

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      luvmyludwig lm 6 years ago

      I've been craving banana bread lately. yummy!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @luvmyludwig lm: Banana bread is truly yummy! Thanks for visiting.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Our step mother used to make the best Banana Bread and I have made it a few times but it has been a long time ago. You may have inspired me to try it again. Thank you.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @OhMe: Oh great. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      It just so happens I need this lens this week. I bought an extra bunch of bananas just for this!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @PromptWriter: Go for it! Bananas are so healthy and good for us its hard to believe they taste good too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love banana bread, its one of my favorites. My grandma had a recipe that I like to use, she used banana extract and I love the flavor that gives, it even smells more like bananas. You recipes look wonderful. I may have to try the Maple syrup as a special treat. Yummy lens!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Sometimes grandma's recipes are the best! Thankx for visiting.

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      SuperZoe LM 6 years ago

      Oh my! Some of these look delicious. I will have to try a few of these recipes pronto! I love the smell of freshly baked bread. Yummmy.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @SuperZoe LM: Nothing beats home baked bread, does it?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These look so good but my husband wants a banana bread recipe with no walnuts or chocolate chips in it that I can use for my machine. I can't seem to find a recipe like this anywhere!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Id be tempted to try a banana bread recipe for the machine and just leave the nuts and chocolate chips out. I can't imagine it would affect the texture of the bread. Thanks for stopping by.

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Yummy! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your tasty lens to my lens on bananas! Congrats on a great job!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @SciTechEditorDave: Thank YOU so much!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really a awesome treat. thanks for the interesting recipes

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      @sukkran trichy: Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Love me some banana bread!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Oh yeah!

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      noxid25 6 years ago

      I love banana bread. Every time I eat it I think about all those times I made it with mom growing up. My favourite one was the one we made with raisins. Great lens! :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @noxid25: The recipes we made with mom really stand the test of time, don't they? Thanks for commenting.

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      taliasmith23 6 years ago

      i love banana bread but i haven't been able to keep them around long enough to make bread they always get eaten, even if i hide them :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @taliasmith23: That can happen, alright! LOL

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Now I feel like baking! Thanks for the inspiration : ).

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @JJNW: Wonderful! Thanks for commenting.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      My family loves banana bread. My recipe came from my grandmother. I make it so often I don't need to get out the recipe card. I've never heard of banana bread using yeast but will definitely give it a try. Great lens.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ShariBerry: Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      bizgrrl 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Mmm, I love banana bread, so I should make it more! heh, heh.

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      bizgrrl 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      Mmm, I love banana bread, so I should make it more! hehe.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @bizgrrl: Oh yeah, you can't have too much banana bread.

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      Baricus701 6 years ago

      Great recipes! My grandmother always made the best banana bread.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      I think I could exist on banana bread - I love it!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @DecoratingEvents: Oh me too!

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      tonyboy 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this banana bread recipe! Now, I can make bread like this very easy especially if I use my Panasonic bread maker! Thanks again!

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      I can almost taste the banana bread. Great recipes, great products, terrific lens. 2 thumbs up!

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      One of my friends used to bring us banana bread with a sweet crusty topping (what do you call that again?) This lens just brought that feeling of yumminess back up again! :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @mattseefood lm: Oh great. Nothing like remembering food treats from the past.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I love banana bread.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I knew the recipe with maple syrup and now I have some moreto experiment with. Thanks!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thank you for visiting.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I do love banana bread, but my banana bread is just a basic bread. I like the little exras your recipes have in them :)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: Banana bread is yummy no matter what!

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      Sharyn Read 5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      I have never had banana bread. Your first recipe is similar to what my mom taught me to make called banana cake. Best iced with butter or chocolate icing or served warm with a sprinkle of icing sugar and a spoon or tart yoghurt as a dessert cake. I found your lens most interesting, thanks for sharing!

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Yum! After bookmarking I came to the form:-) So now I'll get a recipe on Fridays. Nice. Got any for grilling? As in on hot days... we have a gas line out to a gas grill out back where I'm at now... look forward to your emails. thanks! good lens.

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Yummy recipes!

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      dream1983 4 years ago

      It looks so delicious! Great lens

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      mglee2010 4 years ago

      Love this combination and it is one of my favorite. It will be really convenient to be used with a bread machine

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I stopped by to get the recipe for you banana bread with yeast. Just going to try it! :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Pinned this to my Favorite Candies & Goodies board. Thanks for sharing! We serve homemade Banana Bread at Cuppa Life Coffee Shop, owned by the church I attend.

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      @captainj88: Thank you so much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Banana Bread is Awesome, but it's Much better Homemade!! :D

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I love banana bread and I make it mainly to get rid of my overripe bananas. Right now I have a freezer full. Time to start baking!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Gayle Dowell: With fall coming, those bananas will get put to great use in breads and muffins.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I don't make banana bread, I eat banana bread. :-) Something wrong with that?

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      JaShinYa LM 4 years ago

      Aaaaand now I want banana bread. Squidoo is going to make me fat! lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This one of my mother's specialties. I'm going to have to try the recipe with chocolate chips. Now that sounds good.

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      I love banana bread. Maybe I will even go and make some now that you have sparked me. I have a very easy recipe that I use for my diabetic husband. Thanks for you spark and info. Love bananas.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Hmmm. Chocolate helps most everything, I find.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @PennyHowe: Thanks for dropping by!

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      VictoriaKelley 4 years ago

      I'm passing these recipes onto my hubby. He is the banana bread maker in our home and we have about 4 old bananas he was going to make bread with. Thank you :-)

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      RationalHedonist 4 years ago

      Just a bite of till-warm banana bread fresh out of the oven with some butter takes me back to my childhood and memories of my mother. Will have to try a couple of these!

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      The actual bread recipe with yeast looks really different - I must try it!

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