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Blue Ribbon Banana Bread Recipes

Updated on June 26, 2016

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Banana Bread Recipes for First Place Winners in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

If there is a way to put chocolate in anything, I'm all for it.

I actually tried this recipe after tiring of all the old banana bread recipes I had baked over the years. I found that they just weren't cutting it for me any more.

So I went on a quest. I began asking everyone I knew for their recipes. There were some good ones, but none of them stood out from the rest. Then I met Karen!

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If you could save time, wouldn't you?

Norpro Nonstick Mini Loaf Pan, 8 Count
Norpro Nonstick Mini Loaf Pan, 8 Count

One of the best things in a kitchen is a pan that helps save time.

I usually make several mini loaves of banana bread and freeze them

for company or to give as gifts to people that pop in for a visit.


The Baker's Daughter

My husband was making some bank transactions when I approached the counter and stood next to him. I'm not the type to just watch and say nothing, so I just started chatting to the woman helping my husband. At that time Karen was a branch manager at our local bank. Honestly, I have no idea what we were talking about at first, but remembered hearing that her father was a baker."Is your Dad still in the baking business?" I asked her. That's how it began. "I'm looking for a really good banana bread recipe, do you think he would give me one?" I boldly continued.

She politely answered my very forward question, "I don't know, but I have one."

What a transaction I made that day. The lovely lady kept her word, and the next time we were in the bank, she had the recipe for me. Thank you Karen!

Let me tell you, since I received this recipe, I stopped asking for any more. Would you like to try it? It has been tweaked a little by me, but I guess I can share my "secrets" as long as you don't tell anyone else :)

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Be sure to set out the eggs and butter for several hours so they reach room temperature.

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Favorite Recipe

This is the recipe that I serve to my family and friends.

I make several small loaves and freeze them as gifts.

Now I have plenty on hand of the plain banana bread or the chocolate chip, walnut and raisin bread. If you want more of a fruit nutty bread try adding dried crasins, cranberries or dates.

  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: about 8 (if 7 don't eat my husband says)


  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperatue
  • 2 eggs (room remperature)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I like to put more)
  • 1 cup mashed fairly ripe mid sized bananas (2 or 3)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (that's the secret)
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional) or raisins


  1. Preset oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease loaf pan(s)
  3. Mix by hand. Do not use a mixer for this recipe.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar until the sugar dissolves in mixture.
  5. Add in eggs one at a time. Mix well after each egg.
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. In another bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  8. Slowly add in butter and sugar mixture.
  9. Stir in mashed bananas.
  10. Stir in sour cream.
  11. Add chocloate chips and nuts. (If desired)
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. (This depends on the oven.)
  13. Invert cake on cooling rack and cool for ten minutes.
  14. Cut and serve warm or chilled. Freeze any uneatten cake for up to 6 months if properly wrapped.
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You'll need a good baking pan.

There are several good brands out there, but it really depends on what you like to use the most. You also need to consider what works best in your type of oven. Here are a few suggestions.

Norpro 2 Piece Nonstick Meatloaf Bread Pan Set
Norpro 2 Piece Nonstick Meatloaf Bread Pan Set

I have a pan like this because it works well for baked goods and meat.

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Was it really prize winning? Yes.

First place winner 2011

My family thinks it's a winning recipe, but this chocolate chip banana nut bread did win a ribbon at the county fair.It has gotten great reviews. But you'll never know if you don't make it for yourself.

Go ahead and make some banana bread for yourself, then let me know how you liked it. Maybe there's another ribbon waiting for you.

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Quick Banana Muffins - Snacks that are wholesome.

Sometimes instead of making a loaf cake, I make muffins from the same recipe.

I saw this video and felt it might be useful so I wanted to include it in this site.

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Update - July 2013 Newest Blue Ribbon Winner!

I tried JoshK's Strawberry Banana Bread recipe in 2012 and it was great.

How great was it? With a little tweaking like adding fresh berries and less bananas, it too earned a blue ribbon.

In 2013 My blueberry banana bread won a blue ribbon. I didn't enter one in 2014.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @EmmaGraceEllis LM: Thanks. Getting ready for this year's competition.

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 3 years ago

      my hubby and I adore banana bread, it is a weekly baked item in our home

      Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I like the idea of adding chocolate to banana bread.

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      BarbsSpot 3 years ago

      @Lensmaster...I don't bake very much now, since the kids are gone, but I appreciate that tip about letting the eggs and butter set out to room temperature before using them in a recipe. Banana bread with choc chip! Emmm!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love the idea of adding chocolate to banana bread.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I LOVE banana bread, but plain (no chocolate) with walnuts! Blessed!

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      Marie 4 years ago

      Mmm banana bread with a hint of chocolate is a very good idea. A very filling and nutrious cake yum :)

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      Sunflower2423 4 years ago

      This recipe for banana bread looks yummy! I will have to try making it. I have never made banana bread before. I have only eaten it when others have made it. I havent had it with chocolate chips added. This would make it interesting.

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      I might make banana cake right now, I will follow your recipe. Thanks!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Looks yummy! Miniature chocolate chips are a must in all my quick bread recipes. I usually toss in ground flax seed & whole wheat flour too -- but only when I'm making it for my family.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Yum! I'm not much of a baker, but I really enjoy homemade banana bread that's made with chocolate chips and nuts.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love banana nut bread and have always used the recipe my mom passed on to us. It is one of those family recipes that works so I have never looked elsewhere for a recipe.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      This looks yummy! Especially with the addition of the chocolate chips. Looking forward to making it! Thanks for tracking the recipe down and for sharing!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Great Lens! I never thought of adding chocolate chips to banana bread.. I might try it.:)

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Yum! We make chocolate chip banana muffins, but I've never had chocolate chips in banana bread. Now I just need those bananas to ripen!

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      Carol Fisher 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I might well try this recipe - it sounds really good. The only trouble is we usually eat our bananas before they get really ripe.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Nice touch with the chocolate chips. I bake banana nut bread frequently but never added that.

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      BigD3575 5 years ago

      This looks so good! im going to have to make it soon!

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Nice lens, thanks. I loooove banana bread!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I have a good banana bread recipe with chocolate chips, but yours looks tempting.

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