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My Favorite Banana Bread

My Favorite Banana Bread //

My Favorite Banana Bread //

It’s Monday ? I’m completely unprepared to face this coming week and am feeling the magnetic pull toward my bed.

But first – before we have to deal with real-life things – let’s sit down and chat and eat some banana bread together, shall we? Might want to grab some cocoa, too. And maybe a blanket. 

My Favorite Banana Bread //

How was your weekend?! What did you do?? Ours was filled with curry, an ultimate frisbee game, packing, playing dominos with family, watching Wait Until Dark (a terrific Audrey Hepburn film) with friends very late at night, church, and eating the most marvelous caprese chicken brought over by my sweet cousin and her boyfriend. Also, Sodalicious cookies, Barnes & Noble, and beautiful, beautiful weather.

My Favorite Banana Bread //

Today’s recipe was inspired by one given to me on a note card at my wedding, from one of Brig’s grandmothers. I’ve made it countless times over the past (almost) 2 years that Brig & I have been married and have made adjustments along the way, tweaking it slightly each time to find our perfect loaf.

This banana bread is the queen of all banana breads. It’s sweet, moist, packed with ripe bananas, and complete with an addictively crunchy coating of turbinado sugar on top (because you can’t have a baked good without it.)

And? It’s one-bowl, no-mixer required. Boom. That always makes me ridiculously excited.

Aaannnd? It makes two loaves. Because one is never enough.

Aaaaannnnnd? (Sorry.) It’s super customizable – wanna add chocolate chips or nuts? Go right on ahead.

My Favorite Banana Bread //

^^ Oooooh, look at that sugary crust! I die. ^^

PS – if you’re looking for a bit of a healthier version, I still really, really love this recipe from long ago.

My Favorite Banana Bread //

Brig cheesily remarked yesterday that there’s something about eating banana bread that just fills a little piece of your soul.

I completely agree.

My Favorite Banana Bread //

My Favorite Banana Bread
Serves: 2 9x5 loaves
  • 5 very ripe bananas
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ c low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 c canola oil
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 4 c all-purpose flour, spoon & leveled
  • 2 t baking soda
  • ½ t fine sea salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 T + 1 t turbinado sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray two 9x5 loaf pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas until relatively smooth. Whisk in the eggs, followed by the buttermilk, sugars, canola oil, and vanilla, until well combined.
  3. Dump in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and stir until just combined - don't over-mix.
  4. Divide equally between the two loaf pans, sprinkling the turbinado sugar on top, if desired.
  5. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  6. Note: Check the loaves at about 40 minutes and cover with foil if they are browning too quickly.


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  • Reply
    Claudia | The Brick Kitchen
    April 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    You had me at 2 loaves…there is NEVER enough banana bread is only one. Never. and your weekend sounded fantastic – mine involved more studying unfortunately, but I managed to make a carrot cake in-between!

    • Reply
      April 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Right?? Weekends filled with studying are hard but cake makes it SO much better!!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    April 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Mmm cut me a slice. this looks amazing Xx

    • Reply
      April 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you, Thalia!! I’ll be sure to save you one 😉 xo

  • Reply
    April 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    What a beautiful story about the banana bread recipe, this just warmed up my heart today (and it’s been a day woof). Your photos are so beautiful in this post Lucia, I want to eat every single slice! <3

    • Reply
      April 11, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Aww, thank you, friend! So sorry you had a rough Monday — I hope the rest of your week is better!! Sending lots of love and hugs 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply
    April 11, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    This is gorgeous girlie!! I think my favorite part is that it makes 2 loaves— because one is NEVER enough! I’m always kicking myself when I make a batch of muffins or a loaf and we fly through it in 2 days.

    • Reply
      April 11, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Liz!!! Seriously though, I totally understand – how does food disappear so fast?!

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    April 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Your weekend sounds lovely! I love spending time chilling with family and friends. And of course, baking is always a great weekend event. I’ve been meaning to make banana bread but someone (cough my husband) keeps eating all of the bananas before they can ripen! Hopefully I can hide a couple so I can make this. Yum!

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      April 11, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Love it! Chill weekends are definitely the best – when they get busy I feel like I need another weekend to recover from my weekend, haha! I totally know what you mean, my husband is a banana monster, too! 😉

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    Alexa []
    April 11, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Ohhhh do I love banana bread <3 this recipe sounds absolutely delicious – how sweet it was gifted to you on your wedding day!! And gorgeous pictures, chica! Love it!

    • Reply
      April 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Alexa! Recipes and food are some of the best gifts 🙂

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