How to make a classic Hearty Banana Bread | 2 Recipes in 1!

Banana Bread is nostalgically nourishing and delicious!

Each time we had an instance of uncertain times in our home, we make banana bread. It so versatile that if that’s the only thing we had to eat, we could manage through breakfast, lunch, and dinner and be ok. It’s just the perfect comfort food.

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If the past few weeks have been anything, they’ve been uncertain and trying. Our daily lives have been tipped upside down and we are all wondering around our homes like, “what’s next?”.

We had an abundance of ripe bananas from a recent banana-binge trip to the grocery store and I knew just what to do.


If we have friends bringing home new babies, we make banana bread. If we have a sick loved one…banana bread. Someone’s recovering from surgery…yup we drop off banana bread. It’s simple enough and could easily be a simple meal for someone who didn’t have the energy or couldn’t make themselves a meal.

Banana Bread is nostalgically nourishing and delicious!

Banana Bars

We had so many ripe bananas we decided to treat our farm crew with some delicious homemade frosted banana bars too!

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Simple and easy ingredients

A couple loaves of fresh banana bread doesn’t last long here, whether it is made for breakfast or a late afternoon snack, but man did the kitchen smell good!

Since we are all limited to how often we go out, making banana bread or bars is a synch since it requires basic ingredients and very little of them.

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Freeze a loaf of banana bread for another time

Added plus, you can simply freeze a loaf or two for later. I will let the loaf cool and wrap in tin foil, then a gallon freezer bag. Label it and set it in the freezer. You never know when a friend could use something homemade ;)!

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banana bread

Simple Banana Bread

This delicious banana bread recipe will fill your kitchen with more than just nostalgia!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 6 tbsp. Sour Milk If you don't happen to have sour milk on hand, just add a few drops of lemon juice to your 6 tbsp. and let sit for a minute.
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup Banana (smashed)
  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt


  • Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and banana. Sift dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixure alternately with milk. Pour into greased pans. Bake one hour at 350 degrees. For muffins, place mixture into muffin tins and back 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
banana bars

Banana Bars

This large batch of banana bars is great for a gathering or a large group
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Banana (smashed)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Flouer
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • Dash of salt


  • Cream sugar and butter. Add mashed bananas, eggs and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and gradually add. Pour into a large jelly roll pan or for thicker bars, to a 9×13" pan.
Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my go-to frosting recipe!
Prep Time 1 minute


  • 1 pkg Cream Cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla


  • Soften cream cheese and butter and add powdered sugar and vanilla. You may need to warm up a bit in order to make it spreadable.


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