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Banana Bread Recipe

Delicious Banana Bread Recipe

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I originally wrote this blog post on October 14, 2014. It was one of my earlier attempts at blogging, I hope you enjoy it. Hard to believe I have been writing and running My Western Heart since 2014 ~ Lisa

Finally a break in the weather out here in beautiful, sunny, hot California, we have been suffering with high 90’s and triple digit temps for several weeks now. Today we actually have a cloud cover and cooler weather, I had to pull out my favorite Pendleton shirt to keep warm.  What a treat! Come on in, lets make some banana bread. My favorite milk jug will greet you at my door.

Fall leaves in milk can

I don’t know about you, but I love to bake and during the hot summer months it is something I don’t do because my little house gets so overheated. Ahh but today I am going to take advantage of this cooler weather and bake some banana bread.

I usually use my grandma’s recipe but I encountered a problem, I have misplaced my grandma’s banana bread recipe! UGH!! This is so discouraging and frustrating I could just scream. Do you ever lose things? It seems to be my life lately.

My grandma was a wonderful baker, I loved all the good things she made, however there was one problem with my grandmas’ recipes. Sadly, she never wrote them down, she had them all in her head except for a few that have been passed down to me from my cousin Debi, who got them from her grandma. 

Ahh but never fear, Betty Crocker is here. I had to go back to my Betty Crocker recipe that I used regularly before getting my grandma’s recipe.

Vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook


I love this recipe, it is second to my grandmas, the banana bread always comes out moist and delicious, and smells so good. Can you smell it baking now? 

If you like banana bread and want an easy recipe, this is what you do.  If you would like this tried and true cookbook, can you can find it here

Ingredients for Betty Crocker Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients for Betty Crocker Banana Break

Hopefully you have some delicious farm fresh eggs for your recipe. 

Ingredients for Betty Crocker Banana Bread

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 farm fresh eggs or high quality store bought

1 ½ cups mashed bananas (3-4 bananas, overly ripe works best)

1/3 cup water

1 2/3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

½ cup chopped nuts

mashed bananas for banana break

Mashing bananas with my vintage red masher

baking soda

Best to use fresh baking soda and powder

Directions for Betty Crocker Banana Bread Recipe

Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease bottom only of loaf pan

Mix sugar and butter in 2 ½ quart bowl. Stir in eggs until blended.

Add bananas and water; beat 30 seconds. Stir in remaining ingredients except nuts until moistened; stir in nuts. Pour into pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.

Cook Times for Banana Bread

8 inch loaf, cook 11/4 hours

9 inch loaf, cook 55-60 minutes

Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; removed from pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Time to enjoy your banana bread.

Grab a nice cup of tea, I am enjoying my Lady Grey that my dear friend Rachel brought me all the way from England. I feel so fancy when I drink this tea. Have you ever tried Lady Grey? It is so yummy and full of flavor, if you like Earl Grey, meet his wife, she is smoother, lighter and brighter, of course. She is just lovely.

lady grey tea

Another nice item to have is beautiful serving dishes, my dishes were passed down to me from my parents’ home. They are called “Fall Harvest” by Franciscan ware. I bring them out every year in the fall to enjoy and remind me of my childhood with my parents.

banana bread on vintage Franciscan fall harvest dishes

Fall is such a beautiful time to enjoy the simple things and to reflect on all that we are blessed with. Thanks for stopping in,

Until next time, happy healthy trails. ~Lisa

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