This is the other banana bread that my family always asks me to make. The ingredients for this bread are slightly different than the ingredients in our favorite whole wheat banana nut bread… baking powder instead of baking soda, one egg instead of two, and all-purpose flour instead of a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flours. The technique for mixing the batter is also slightly different… creaming the butter and sugar instead of just mixing the melted butter into the other ingredients… but this is an equally easy bread to make. I usually use an organic white whole wheat flour in this recipe instead of the all-purpose flour, but the bread always turns out well either way. (And it’s soy-free, too!)

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup mashed bananas
3 cups all-purpose flour (I usually use organic white whole wheat flour)
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 by 5 by 3 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, cream the sugar, butter, and egg until fluffy. Stir in the milk and bananas. Mix the dry ingredients together and add to the sugar/butter/egg/milk/banana mixture, stirring just until moistened. Blend in the nuts and pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for sixty to seventy minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean. (A crack in the top of the loaf is characteristic of this bread.)

Cool the bread thoroughly and slice with a thin, sharp knife.

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That is one good looking bread.


I make your other banana bread all the time. My family loves it – especially my husband. I will have to try this one. It does look so good in the photo. I spend a lot of time here and appreciate all your sharings.


I’ve made four loaves of this since you wrote this post and am making two more this weekend. It is brilliant! I don’t like ripe bananas, so I don’t usually like banana bread, but this is sooo good.

I got emails from four or five co-workers complimenting me on it when I took a loaf to work on Thursday. I pass the compliments on to you!