Grandma’s Banana Bread, just like Grandma made.
Grandma’s Banana Bread
Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen. Did you know that August 27 is Banana Lovers Day? Me neither, but it’s a good excuse to make Grandma’s Banana Bread.
Sometimes I volunteer to take food to someone in need. Perhaps they are a shut-in, or they have been sick, or they just had a new baby. When I bring a meal to someone, I love to include a homemade sweet like cookies or cake. Banana bread is a terrific option. I save my overripe bananas (peeled) in freezer bags in the freezer. Then I can pull them out to make banana bread anytime. I also make two loaves and freeze one immediately, which allows me to simply thaw the bread, put it in a pretty package, and deliver it to the family in need.
I usually make my Favorite Banana Bread with crushed pineapple, and it’s more like a cake—the pineapple makes it very moist. But I got a new cookbook the other day and decided to try a new recipe. The cookbook is called At My Grandmother’s Knee: Recipes & Memories Handed Down by Women of the South (affiliate link) by Faye Porter and her recipe for banana bread was the model for this recipe.
Of course, I used my own ideas and combined them with the original recipe, which called for 2 cups of sugar (way too much in my humble opinion!) and buttermilk instead of evaporated milk. It also called for margarine and I don’t usually use that because of the transfats. Even though banana bread is very moist, I like mine with butter on top of it, and it’s also very good toasted.
What You Need
You need a bread loaf pan, and it’s helpful to have a hand mixer (affiliate link) or a stand mixer. You will also need a cutting board and at least one knife. As always, I recommend you buy the best kitchen tools you can afford. You deserve it.
Grandma’s Banana Bread RecipePrint
Grandma’s Banana Bread
Good, old-fashioned banana bread.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 32 1x
- Category: Bread, Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
- 4 medium-size ripe bananas
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup melted butter (or canola oil)
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Pinch salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Heat oven to 350F degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream together the bananas, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk.
- Add the melted butter (cooled), cinnamon and salt.
- Mix well.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, one cup at a time, mixing as you go.
- Add the walnuts and mix.
- Pour into two lightly greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pans.
- Bake 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool for a few minutes (or it will stick to the bottom) and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling before serving.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 104
Keywords: Banana Bread, Grandma's Banana Bread
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Recipe Nutrition Information
This recipe is SF, V*
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop June 24, 2015 and updated August 27, 2021.