Banana Nut Bread

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I didn’t grow up with much food variety because my parents are picky eaters and my mom has the most sensitive stomach of anyone I know. So in other words I guess my siblings and I were food deprived. We never had fish, seafood, chinese…the list goes on. My mom had 20 (give or take) meals that she would make over and over again. Now mind you, she has mastered them beyond belief. Although we didn’t have a wide range of variety, the food was always sooo good!  Most of these recipes were from what her older sister had made.

One recipe that usually graced our countertops growing up was Banana Nut Bread. My sister even used this recipe to enter a baking contest in 4-H when we were in elementary school…and she won 1st prize (but then again, who doesn’t win prize in 4-H?? –I won 1st prize for the dress my mom I made). 🙂

So when we were “home” a few weeks ago it was only natural to make a batch of mom’s Banana Nut Bread!

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt
Cut in butter until mealy (my mom has a nifty utensil to do this but I forgot all about it)
Add nuts by hand
In different bowls mash bananas and eggs...I am lazy and did it in mom scolded me! 🙂
These are the cans that we used to bake the bread in. They are old veggie cans that are white coated so the bread won't stick (not all cans have this lining- Bush's Beans cans usually work)
Fill half way (again I didn't listen, what's new?)
My bread puffed out of the top of the can...I insisted that I liked it that way--nice crunchy top! 🙂
They plop right out of the can - no effort needed! These were soo good that we ate 1/2 of a loaf, went upstairs to grab something, came back down and ALL of the bread was gone!!! Guess who ate them all?'s a clue:
What?!? ME??? I would never do a thing like that!






















































2c All-Purpose flour

1c sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp Kraft “Calumet” Double Acting Baking Powder

½ tsp salt

1 stick margarine

2 eggs

1c ripe bananas (typically 3)

1c chopped walnuts


-Add all dry ingredients together in a large bowl – sift flour and sugar. Baking soda, baking powder, and salt

-cut in softened stick butter into flour mixture until it is mealy

-add chopped nuts to dry ingredients. Mix well by hand

-in a small bowl mash bananas with fork. Set aside

-in another small bowl beat with electric mixer eggs. Add bananas and stir by hand

-add egg and banana mixture to dryingredients. Mix well by hand

-fill sprayed

Three Bean Salad Cans ½ full

-bake at 350 for 40 minutes


  1. Rebecca Vander Hamm says:

    How could you give away Mom’s banana nut bread recipe! It’s a family secret!!

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