mark’s banana bread

February 16th, 2012

A few weeks ago I walked in the door and Asher exclaimed excitedly that they had made “BANANA BREAD!” while I was at work.  I decided to slice some up with mango for a little dessert that night and wow, it was the best banana bread I had ever eaten. Jackie bakes a lot so I assumed it was some recipe she had tucked away but the next day I asked her and found out it came from a cookbook off my very own shelf. Imagine that. She found a few books with different recipes for banana bread and let Asher choose which one they’d make.

She told me she used brown sugar instead of white sugar because it goes better with bananas and she left out the nuts and coconut. Also that she changed something with the flour but I cant remember what so feel free to change it up if you make this but I used what Bittman outlined above. I mentioned that I really liked the chunks of banana vs the more popular blended banana and she said it was all Asher, his job was mushing the bananas and that’s how they came out.

Asher said “Mommy let’s make something!” and we had everything in the house so we went for it.

This recipe is a little Bittman, a little Jackie and a little Asher. Enjoy!


1 stick of butter (softened) plus some for greasing the pan
1.5 cups all purpose flour
.5 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2-3 bananas, mashed but chunky
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: .5 cup chopped nuts or some unsweetened coconut


Preheat oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with butter

Mix together the dry ingredients. Cream the butter and beat in the eggs and bananas. Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients: do not mix more than necessary. Gently stir in the vanilla (this is where you stir in the mix-ins if you have them)

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake 45-60 minutes until nicely browned. <—–I found that to be a REALLY wide time frame. My loaf was underdone at 45 and way overdone at 55 so I’m guessing 45-50.

Goes well with mango

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. grandpa P  |  February 16th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    It looks tasty and great fun cooking the banana bread.

  • 2. Allison Dunmire  |  February 17th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This is my go-to banana bread recipe too. I like it with chocolate chips. Also, you’re totally right about the cooking time – its always a bit under/over.

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