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Mom's Banana Bread

I never expected to have much free time once our baby arrived. Ironically, while I'm nursing my son, I actually have quite a bit of time in between feedings to relax (and sleep!)... and I've had time flip through some food magazines while I'm nursing. As I was nursing my son yesterday, I checked out the recent issue of my Saveur magazine subscription. This recipe for Mom's Banana Bread was in the issue and I knew I had to make it when I had a chance. Fortunately, my good friend Megan came to visit today and I decided to make some mini loaves of Mom's Banana Bread for her to take home...

Megan is currently expecting and is due in August. She's definitely enjoying her pregnancy and all the cravings she's been having lately (and I sure can relate to that!). Coincidentally, Megan has had a craving for banana bread (unbeknownst to me) and when I told her I was baking up some banana bread up for her, she couldn't have been happier.

Saveur magazine had an article on variations of banana bread recipes they tried out. The best recipe of the six recipes tried was the following one for Mom's Banana Bread. It's a simple, straight forward recipe which includes pecans. If you wanted, you could substitute the pecans for walnuts or even throw in some chocolate chips as well. I prepared the recipe as written and instead of making one loaf, I made four mini loaves, perfect for gift giving. I'll definitely make this again since it was so moist and delicious!


Mom's Banana Bread
recipe adapted from Saveur

Butter, for greasing pan
1 cup flour, plus more for pan
3⁄4 tsp. baking soda
1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup canola oil
1⁄3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2⁄3 cup chopped pecans
3 very ripe bananas, mashed


Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 9" x 5" x 
2 3⁄4" loaf pan with butter and dust with flour; set pan aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Whisk together sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk in a medium bowl until smooth. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.

Add pecans and mashed bananas and whisk gently to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean, 60–65 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

34 comments

  1. I made that recipe also, it was fantastic.

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  2. Looks delicious! I love banana bread!

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  3. I like this recipe. I tried it with half brown sugar and half white and I added mini chocolate chips. It came out really nice.

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  4. Snap - I have a Banana Bread post all ready to go and will now wait a respectful couple of weeks before publishing it. Let the Banana Bread War commence! ;-)

    I really like your mini loaf idea - I have been giving away half loaves, which just isn't as nice.

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  5. I love banana bread! Sometimes I put a little bit of peanut butter in it too. Mmm.

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  6. What a fabulous banana bread! Simply delicious!

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  7. Very unique banana cake! This will be my fave of all. Thanks Savannah for that additional info. I will try this at home.

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  8. Yum! I am constantly on the search for the perfect banana bread...this one looks pretty darn close, guess I'm gonna have to try it out!

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  9. I like this recipe. I tried it with half brown sugar and half white and I added mini chocolate chips. It came out really nice. Thanx for the post.

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  10. Wow, I tried it with half brown sugar and half white and I added mini chocolate chips. It came out really nice. thanx for posting.

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  11. Well, I tried it with half brown sugar and half white and I added mini chocolate chips. It came out really nice. thanx.

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  12. Well, This will be my fave of all. Thanks Savannah for that additional info. I will try this at home. Keep it up.

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  13. Well, I tried it with half brown sugar and half white and I added mini chocolate chips. It came out really nice. Thanx for the post.

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  14. Well, This will be my fave of all. Thanks Savannah for that additional info. I will try this at home. keep it up.

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  15. Congratulations on your new baby and making it to the Top 9!

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  16. I like the finish product looks.I'm thinking to bake one for mom, I hope she loves it.Thank you for the recipe and you i do enjoy reading your blog.

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  17. This will be my fave of all. Thanks Savannah for that additional info. I will try this at home. thanx for posting.

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  18. I use this recipe every time I make banana bread. I sometimes throw in some chocolate chips and everyone loves it. A simply perfect recipe!!!

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  19. I made a banana cake last year at my mom's birthday. It was really very yummy and I enjoyed baking it. Love it very much.

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  20. I need to make banana bread in under an hour. I was thinking about putting it in the oven for 190 or 200 degrees,will that burn it? Thanks for any suggestions...

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  21. I just say that i must try your recipe at home, hope that it gives a delicious taste, thanx.

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  22. Simple recipes usually do the trick! Nice job finding this. :)

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  23. Easy and Delicious! Didn't have baking soda so I used self-rising flour. Made a dozen muffins....added vanilla and cinnamon. Awesome!

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  24. This is a very good banana bread recipe base. I do find it a bit bland, but once you add some spices to it, it is the best banana bread I have tasted yet!

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  25. This is the best banana recipe I've found so far. Very easy to put together, and it comes out dark, moist and flavorful. Will definitely make again. Thanks for posting.

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  26. I added mini chocolate chips. It came out really nice. thanx for posting.

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  27. This is a very nice recipe. I've made it 3 times with success. Very easy to make. I omit the nuts, use yogurt instead of buttermilk (that's usually what I have on hand) and add a pinch of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg to the flour mixture.

    Husband loves it.

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  28. Girls always look on themselves as proud princesses, with the exception of a small number of either extremely ugly or exceedingly smart ones.

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  29. My momma makes me this, we call it Banana Cake. And I would never trade her Banana Cake with anything else. But I guess I could make something like this, it's never bad to try out something new.

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  30. I love banana bread! Sometimes I put a little bit of peanut butter in it too

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  31. Fabulous!!! I was thinking about putting it in the oven for 190 or 200 degrees,will that burn it?

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  32. I love banana bread and this looks great!! Thanks for the friendship on Foodbuzz. Cheers, Tara

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