My Mom's Classic Banana Bread Recipe

I remember when I was a freshman in college, my mom came up for a visit and brought a loaf of banana bread. It was gone in a matter of minutes. I never realized how good it was until I was eating dorm food and I had a more refined palate towards anything that didn't taste like cardboard apparently. So maybe that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but I promise you, this classic banana bread recipe is the only recipe you will need. It's always been a crowd favorite and my family often requests it. In the past week alone, I've made four loaves and not a single piece has gone to waste! 

I think some of the best recipes come from vintage cookbooks. I'm especially fond of Betty Crocker cookbooks. This one was a hand me down from my mom. Some of the pages are sticking together and you can flip through and find coupons slipped inside from 1970, but the one recipe I flip to time and time again is this classic banana bread recipe. I'm calling it my mom's classic because this is the recipe she used and now I've passed it on to my family. I promise you, your family will love it too!

vintage betty crocker cookbook

My Mom's Classic Banana Bread Recipe

 You will need:

2-3 ripe bananas
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup of nuts {optional}

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Measure all your ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until well blended {this is my favorite mixer}. Pour into two greased loaf pans until they are half full. Bake 55-65 minutes until toothpick in the center comes out clean.

This is a great first recipe for kids to try because it's not complicated to follow. You literally dump everything in a bowl and mix it together.

This recipe rises quite high, which is why you only need to fill the greased loaf pans half full. Anything more than that and your pan will overflow and it won't cook all the way through.

I love my banana bread with nuts but since my oldest son is allergic and my other family members don't like nuts, I will rarely use them in my bread. I think you are either a nut in your food kind of person or not. There really isn't any in between.

This is even a favorite treat of our dogs. She smells it on the counter and stands there and begs until we give her a slice. Sometimes we have to hide it from her! 
Go give it a try. I think you will like it. I know you have some bananas going brown on your counter right this second. 
Want to try another one of our family's favorite recipes? This is THE best chocolate chip cookie recipe and I make it at least every other week.

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