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Blue Ribbon Banana Bread Recipes

Updated on June 26, 2016

Bringing Good Food to Your Family

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
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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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Norpro 2 Piece Nonstick Meatloaf Bread Pan Set

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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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Glad you came by for a visit. Happy Baking!

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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 4 years ago

      I like the idea of adding chocolate to banana bread.

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      BarbsSpot 4 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 5 years ago

      I love the idea of adding chocolate to banana bread.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

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

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      Marie 5 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 5 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 5 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 from USA

      Nice lens, thanks. I loooove banana bread!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

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

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      I always make extra loaves of banana bread so I can freeze some. Next time, I'll have to add some chocolate chips! :) Yum!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Humm I never thought of adding chocolate chips to banana bread. At first I thought EWE.. but ya know what? I think it sounds really good and might try it! Angel blessed.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We don't bake much these days, but this sounds so much better than plain banana bread. Great recipe, loved the quiz (although I didn't do too well on it, it's been a long time since I used to watch my Mum bake). Nicely done, blessed.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I sure do love a good banana bread ... I prefer nuts and lots of them ... also love the muffins!

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      southridgefarmsinc 6 years ago

      I love banana bread!

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      MrsPotts 6 years ago

      Fun lens, I will definitely be trying this recipe! I have a pumpkin muffin recipe with chocolate chips that is also a winner. Chocolate makes just about everything better. Thank you for sharing your prize winning recipe. :-)

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      That looks like a very tasty recipe. Thanks!

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      I'll have to try this next time I make banana bread--I've never made it with sour cream before, and that sounds really good!

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      Achim Thiemermann 6 years ago from Austin, Texas only 9 out of 10 right. Great recipe lens and irresistible quiz. LOL

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      BlueTrane 6 years ago

      I don't make a very good baker...but my wife does...and that's why I like eating what other people make ;). We're/errr she's gonna try this recipe.

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      niceman91 lm 6 years ago

      I enjoy cooking, but not baking as it quite difficult for me :)

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Recipe looks delicious.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      I'm probably the worst cook (and baker) out there! But this banana bread recipe looks and sounds yummy!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Yum. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Oh, I love banana bread! And this recipe sounds soooo delicious... I don't really bake (got 1 out of 10 on your quiz lol), but I might have to have a go at this! Beautifully written as well! Blessed. :)

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      smartbiz38129 6 years ago

      OMG, I love Banana bread! There is only one cake that I bake from scratch but this looks easy enough to try when I figure out how to bake in a gas oven. Awesome!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The banana bread sounds wonderful, will print out and bake soon, thanks, 5* lens!

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      I have a lot to learn :)

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      collectors-corner 6 years ago

      I love banana dread, but to tell the truth I have an exquisite recipe for it and I am not ready (yet) to try's a recipe from my childhood so it brings back memories!

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      MariaMontgomery 6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thanks for sharing your delicious-sounding recipe. I can't wait to try it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love banana bread and I love chocolate...they have to go together well. My sister's secret ingredient is to use coconut rum as well as vanilla...her house must smell amazing because when I open one of her packages...heaven. Loved your quiz, missed one...very nicely done!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Your banana bread sounds delicious, I'm going to have to give it a try! Fun quiz too. :)

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      This is a good recipe for us --- I'm always buying too many bananas. My husband is our cook and he's very messy. I like to bake and clean up as I go. Thanks for sharing your banana bread recipe quest.

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      theSEOmama 6 years ago

      This sounds delicious. I love banana bread and my mom makes large batches all the time and always sends some over to us, but as much as I like baking, I've never made it myself! I love the chocolate in this recipe...might just have try this for the holiday season!

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      AnnaAdam LM 6 years ago

      Very good recipe you have shared about Banana bread.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Love the recipes but I rarely cook cakes these days. Very well presented information and nice lens. Featured this on Cooking Utensils, Ideas, Recipes and Accessories

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I am famished. I love all the recipes and i will be sure to try them out. Thanks for sharing.

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      WaynesWorld LM 6 years ago

      My father-in-law has a saying when he doesn't like something, "That (fill in this blank) causes spilal biffidah. Not to make fun of anyone that has that or suffered through it, but putting nuts in banana bread "causes spinal biffidah."

      I made banana bread 21 years ago for the first time, followed the instructions, it came out looking like a dream, cut it open and the inside was so perfect. Started to pat myself on the back and then I tasted it, salty, salty, salty. Note* If you make a recipe calling for all purpose flower and you substitute self-rising.... their is a couple things you need to leave out. My wife came to the rescue a day later and made some and added chocolate chips, HEAVENLY!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe. I think I'll try making it this holiday season (and try not to burn the house down in the process :)

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      BelindaBlevins 6 years ago

      Great lens. I love banana breads

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      I have a banana bread recipe from my grandmother and I'm in my 60's, so you know how old that recipe is...however, I will definitely try yours with the sour cream. Sounds wonderful. What a nicely done lens. Great job!