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Top Secret Family Recipe: Grandma’s Banana Bread

on March 27, 2012

Ok, so I am being a bit dramatic with the title.  It isn’t actually a secret, hence my sharing it on here with you and it isn’t a family recipe so to speak.  Meaning, it didn’t come over to America tucked amid the precious possessions of my ancestors 300 years ago or anything like that.  That being said, I definitely consider it a family recipe, because there is no food in the this whole world that takes me back to being a little kid sitting in my grandparents kitchen the way this banana bread does.  Let me put it a geeky way…you know that love potion in the 5th Harry Potter book/movie that changes smells depending on the person, if I walked up to that potion, mine would smell like lilacs and banana bread.

Anyways, I don’t know when my grandma started using this recipe, but from the looks of the cookbook she pulls out when she makes it, it has been awhile.  I tried to find a date on the cookbook this morning, but between the ancient rubber band holding the place on the banana bread page and the fact that the cover was actually ripped off, I was unsuccessful.  Luckily the when doesn’t really matter.

The recipe is not very descriptive...I am surprised they even gave an oven temp.Ingredients:


  • 1 cup of  white sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of softened “oleo”  (sorry, it cracks me up when my grandma calls it that…margarine or butter, whatever you prefer)
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 very ripe bananas (this is the perfect use for the bananas you sort of forget about and are now so brown they scare you a bit.)
  • 1/3 of a cup of Buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

First mix the flour and salt and baking soda in a separate bowl.  Then add the white sugar and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl.  Now, add the butter and cream together.  Next add the eggs and buttermilk and mix well…but don’t overdo it or the bread will get rubbery.

I think there may be something magical about this grandma always uses this for banana bread.

Now add your chunks of banana and mix until they are well broken up and distributed in your mixture.

We stick really brown bananas in the freezer until there are enough for the recipe. Just let them thaw a little and then peel and add to the mix.

Next, add the flour mixture and combine everything well.  Stir in the walnuts here if you want.

This is 3 batches of the don't worry that yours looks like much less.

Put the mixture in greased loaf pans or muffin tins…fill about half way.  The recipe makes about 3 loaves.

Finally, put the pans in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.  If you are doing muffins maybe even start checking a little earlier.  Checking more is better than burnt banana bread…trust me.

From my family to yours…Enjoy!


5 responses to “Top Secret Family Recipe: Grandma’s Banana Bread

  1. Banana bread is a favorite of mine too, thanks for sharing!

  2. You made me smile and even though I’m useless in the kitchen, I’ll give grandma’s recipe a try.

    • Katie says:

      Glad you enjoyed the post. It is a super easy recipe so I think you will have no troubles when you make it. Let me know how it turns out if you do make it.

  3. […] that I can honestly say the scent of lilacs may be my favorite smell ever.  I even joked in my banana bread recipe post that if the love potion made in the 5th Harry Potter book were presented in front of me, I […]

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