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Blue Ribbon Banana Bread Recipes

Updated on July 3, 2020

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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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 the kinds of baking pans I use. I actually use several sizes depending on how big a batch I'm making at the time, which is usually more than one.

If you could save time, wouldn't you?

Norpro Nonstick Mini Loaf Pan, 8 Count, One Size, As Shown
Norpro Nonstick Mini Loaf Pan, 8 Count, One Size, As Shown
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.

I like this pan because it has so many uses and cleans up easily.

Norpro Nonstick Meat Loaf/Bread Pan Set
Norpro Nonstick Meat Loaf/Bread Pan Set
I have a pan like this because it works well for baked goods and meat.

Bringing Good Food to Your Family

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.

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.
Cast your vote for Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bread

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Share your fresh baked bread with a friend over coffee or tea. It's great straight

out of the oven!

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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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